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A guest account is a local account for users who don't have a permanent account on your device or domain.  It allows people (i.e. guests, visitors, etc.) to use your device without having access to your personal files.  Users signed-in to the guest account can't install apps, open Windows Store apps, install hardware, nor change settings.

You can no longer enable the built-in Guest account within Windows 10, but you can workaround this by manually adding a guest account though.  This article will show you how to add a guest account to your Windows 10 device.  You must be signed-in as an administrator to be able to add a guest account.

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Windows 10 :: Addition of a Guest Account

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A guest account is a local account for users who don't have a permanent account on your device or domain.  It allows people (i.e. guests, visitors, etc.) to use your device without having access to your personal files.  Users signed-in to the guest account can't install apps, open Windows Store apps, install hardware, nor change settings.

You can no longer enable the built-in Guest account within Windows 10, but you can workaround this by manually adding a guest account though.  This article will show you how to add a guest account to your Windows 10 device.  You must be signed-in as an administrator to be able to add a guest account.

Note:  A guest account can't be a member of a homegroup.

 

Option #1 — From the Command Line

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter to add a new local account.
          net user UserName /add
          
  3. Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, pressing Enter, to remove this new local account from the Users group.
          net localgroup Users UserName /delete
          
  4. Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, pressing Enter, to add this new local account to the Guests group.
          net localgroup Guests UserName /add
          
  5. If you like, you can add a password to this guest account.
  6. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt.
  7. The "C:\Users\UserName" profile folder, for this guest account, will be created the first time that the account is signed-in to.

 

Option #2 — From Within Local Users and Groups

Local Users and Groups, is only available within the Windows 10 Education, Enterprise, and Pro editions.

  1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type "lusrmgr.msc", and click on OK to open Local Users and Groups.
  2. Click on the Users folder in the left pane to open it.  Click on More Actions and New User in the right "Actions" pane.
     
  3. Type in the username (i.e. "Visitor") that you want for the new guest account.  Fill out any other details (i.e. description, password, etc.) should you so desire.  Click on Create.  Click on Close.
     
  4. Double-click on the new user account, within the middle pane, of Local Users and Groups.
  5. Click on the Member Of tab, select Users, and click on Remove to remove this account from being a member of the "Users" group.
     
  6. Click on Add.
     
  7. Type Guests in the "Enter the object names to select" box, and click on OK.
  8. Click on OK to add this account as a member of the "Guests" group.
     
  9. When finished, you can close Local Users and Groups.
  10. The "C:\Users\Username" profile folder, for this guest account, will be created the first time that the account is signed-in to.

 
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