Guest account enables you to access limited functions on a PC. This local user account doesn’t allow you to create folders and files anywhere other than the desktop and doesn’t allow you to access the libraries. This feature is present in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons Windows 10 removed the option to create a Guest account from the control panel.
We all know how convenient the Guest account feature is to keep your PC safe and secure. In this article, we have an easy way for you to enable Guest account in Windows 10.
The elements which are required to create a guest account are somewhere available in Windows 10. Enabling guest account in Windows 10 through Command Prompt or using the group policy editor doesn’t enables the guest account and doesn’t really works and takes you to login to your current account.
How to Enable Guest Account in Windows 10?
Let’s walk through the below steps to create a Guest account in Windows 10 using Command Prompt:
- Go to Start and select Command Prompt (make sure to Run as administrator)
- Type the command mentioned below
net user Visitor /add /active:yes
Note: We use the Visitor as the title of the account as Guest is a reserved name on your Windows 10 PC. You can set any title other than Guest. We suggest you keep it short and simple.
- A window appears asking you to set a password, just press the Enter key twice to set a blank password for the Guest account
- Now, to remove the new user account from the Default user group, type the following command
net localgroup users Visitor /delete and press Enter
- Add the new user account to the Guest user group by typing the following command:
net localgroup users Visitor / add and press Enter
- Close Command Prompt to complete and save the task
How to switch over to the Guest Account?
- Click on the Windows icon
- Hit on your username
- Now, select Visitor
You can simply choose the Visitor account from the Windows login screen to switch to the Guest account.
All you need to do is sign out of your existing current account and select the Visitor account in the sign in screen. Hit on the Sign-in option and your Windows 10 PC is now open with a Guest account.
You can easily share your PC with your friends or colleagues with keeping your private data safe and enabling the Guest to access the internet and some working applications. Although, the guest account doesn’t allow the user to change settings or access your private files and install any programs on your Windows 10 system.
How to Delete the Guest Account on Windows 10?
You might not need the Guest account you created. You can simply delete the guest account using the following steps:
- Go to Settings
- Select Accounts
- Choose the Family & other people option
- Select the Visitor account (or the title you have set)
- Now, hit on the Remove button
Great! You have now deleted the unwanted Guest account on your windows 10.
You can now share your PC allowing the user to run apps and use the internet keeping your settings and files safe on your Windows 10 system.
Do you know another way too? Do let us know in the comments section below!