Guest Account in Windows 10

If you discover that your guests are requesting quite often to use your computer temporarily to check their email or look up something on the net, you don’t need to allow them to use your personal account or create a unique account for each guest.

Why Every User On Your Computer Should Have Their Own User Account

Windows used to have dedicated Guest accounts you could allow that would enable someone to temporarily use your computer while making sure they would not see your personal data. Guest user in windows 10 accounts also had restricted access, so anyone logged in as a guest could not install software or change program configurations.

This option is no longer readily accessible in Windows 10–however, it’s still possible to create a guest account using the Command Prompt.

To open a Command Prompt window, press the Windows key+X to get the Win+X menu and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)”. You have to pick the administrator version of the Command Prompt to create a new user account.

Note: If you see PowerShell rather than Command Prompt on the Power Users menu, then that’s a change that came about with the Creators Update for Windows 10. It is very easy to switch back to revealing the Command Prompt on the Power Users menu if you would like, or you may give PowerShell an attempt. You can do pretty much everything in PowerShell that you can perform in Command Prompt and lots of other helpful things.

First, we will create a guest account named Visitor (you can call it whatever you want). The name “Guest” is a reserved account name in Windows, even though you can not access the built-in guest accounts anymore, so you will have to select a name other than “Guest”. To create the account, type the following command at the prompt and press Enter.

net user Visitor /add /active:yes

Since the Visitor accounts are so restricted, it does not really have to be protected. Therefore, we’re going to employ a blank password to it, or no password at all. To do so, type the following command at the prompt. The last character is an asterisk.

net user Visitor *

When asked for the password, press Enter without typing one. Then, just press Enter again when asked to retype the password.

By default, new users are put in the user’s group so that they have the permissions for standard users. However, we need the account to more restricted than that. Therefore, we’re going to place the Visitor consumer in the guests group. To do so, we have to first delete the Visitor user in the user’s group. To do so, enter the following command at the prompt.

Net local group users Visitor /disable

Then, type the following command at the prompt to add the Visitor user to the guest’s group.
net local group guests Visitor /add

Now, the Visitor user displays in the list of users at the lower-left corner of the login screen. Guests can simply pick the Visitor user and click on “Sign in” to log into the Visitor accounts and have the use of basic functions like running a browser to browse the internet.

Multiple users can be logged in simultaneously in Windows, so you don’t even need to sign out of your accounts to allow a guest log into the Visitor account. There are two ways that you can access the Visitor accounts. If you are currently using your accounts on the computer, you can pick the Visitor accounts on the Start menu to log into that account to your guest.

If the display is locked, the visitor can click on the Visitor accounts on the login screen, as shown previously.

While the guest is logged to the Visitor accounts, they could see that you’re logged in, but if they attempt to get to your accounts, they’ll be asked for your password to the login screen.