How to Create a Guest Account in Windows 10

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Windows' guest account lets other people use your computer without being able to change PC settings, install apps or access your private files. That comes in handy when you have to share your computer temporarily. In Windows 10, you can no longer easily turn on the guest account from the Control Panel. Here's a workaround to enabling a guest account -- that actually works.

guest account

Across the web, you'll find articles that tell you how to enable the "hidden" guest account in Windows 10, using the Command Prompt or the group policy editor in Windows. While these methods do make it look like the guest account is enabled, they don't actually work. When you try to switch to the guest account, you'll be instead forced to log into your current account.

There is a method, however, that I've tried that does work, adapted from a tip offered by Super User member The Professional: Create a new user account and assign it to the guests group. This will make that account act the same way the built-in guest account should: The user will be able to use your computer without accessing settings or installing apps. Since "Guest" is a reserved account name in Windows, we'll use "Visitor."

1. Right-click on the Windows button and select Command Prompt (Admin). This is the quickest way to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.

windows command prompt admin

2. Click Yes when asked if you want to continue.

3. Type the following command and then click Enter: 
net user Visitor /add /active:yes

windows visitor command prompt

4. Press Enter twice when asked to set a password. This will create a blank password for the account.

windows visitor command prompt25. Type the following command and then hit Enter:
net localgroup users Visitor /delete

windows visitor command prompt4

This removes the Visitor user from the default users group.

6. Type the following command and then hit Enter:
net localgroup guests Visitor /add

windows visitor command prompt

This adds the Visitor user to the guests group, which is more restricted than local users.

That's all there is to it. You can now close the Command Prompt window.

How to Switch to the Guest Account

1. Click the Windows button.
2. Click on your username.
3. Click Visitor.

windows visitorAlternatively, you can choose the Visitor account from the Windows login screen.

 

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31 comments
  • KKKKK. Says:

    This is the only thing that worked for me, thanks!

  • BGMC68 Says:

    To remove it: "net user Visitor /delete"

  • donn_more_then_5_characters Says:

    You didn't specify "Type the following command" in step 4.
    It should be "net user Visitor *"

  • Angel Says:

    It worked! You can use ShanM solution too... but this one is pretty easy as well. Thanks!!

  • Mike L Says:

    ShanM was the easiest solution.
    Just added "Other User" and selected "I don't have this person's information" . You will have the option to "Add a user without a Microsoft Account." At that point, it allowed me to create an account without a password. It's optional.

    Should be able to restrict access from the File Explorer by right clicking the C:/ drive and edit user permissions in the security tab.

  • Rykel Says:

    Hi, how do you DELETE the visitor account? Thanks!

  • Paull Says:

    It worked until I actually try to log into Visitor account. It says"The user Profile Service service failed the sign-in.

  • Evelyn Ragonton Says:

    This worked, but I don't see the "visitor" profile to select.

  • Solver Says:

    If you want a real guest (who cannot change any object) you need:
    1. open the file manager
    2. click by the right mouse button on the drive
    3. go security tab
    4. add the visitor to the list and disable some rights.

  • Samm Khan Says:

    its good and working but visitor users can deletes file install programs and can do any changes.

  • coolmoma2z Says:

    Doesn't work! I get "user profile service service failed the sign-in"

  • Linux4ever Says:

    useless as the 5 prior [cures] promised. A lame scumbag polluted my laptop to load malware when I used the liberry wi-fi. He killed my PC for $2-now BG has killed my work so he can remain world's richest snotnose.

  • Jel Sabater Says:

    Thank you so much Melanie Pinola!

  • ShanM Says:

    Simply go to user accounts and just create a user as "Guest Account" under the option "Add a user without a Microsoft account".
    Cheers!

  • Jonathan Says:

    If you want the guest account to be named Guest, you can just use "Guest " instead of Visitor. It will show as Guest and interpret it as different from Guest

  • Jeffrey Says:

    net user Visitor /delete

    *to remove visitor profile*

  • Iain gorman Says:

    Failed to load user profile. I repeated the instructions, with the appropriate replies such not found, already exists. Create a password that was accepted but no difference.

  • SumGuy Says:

    net user Visitor /add /active:no

    to remove

  • Melissa Says:

    how do I revert this? I want to remove the visitor profile

  • Debbie Says:

    Outstanding! Thank you so much for the detailed article and the screenshots.

  • Vikash Says:

    Visitor has become the default account for my pc. how can i revert the settings. Plx help..

  • Clarissa Says:

    Thank you, it worked.

    For your info, my step 4 window was different than yours... No password was requested, although I still hit enter twice

  • Ailene Says:

    What would i do if the command prompt said that is already exist?

  • Kylie Says:

    Nice guide! Btw, how do you undo all of this just in case?

  • Tandy Says:

    Hey, this worked like a charm. Thank you so much :)

  • Tumohe Says:

    Thank you, this will make tracking my laptop easier if it gets stolen.

  • Joshua Says:

    I cannot sign into the visitor account.

  • Charlie Says:

    Only problem is that this Visitor (guest) account has access to all files in the Homegroup, so it is not restricted like the old Guest account.

  • Willie Says:

    Worked great, but I had to read a little bit into your step 4, as you don't outline the command used in the text, but it is shown in the screenshot. Thanks for the info!

  • Jericho Says:

    NVM, I got it. Must right click on Command Prompt then Run as admin. Got it working. Thanks for this guide!

  • Jericho Says:

    I can't get past step 1, it says access is denied.

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