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.

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.

guest 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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  • Alexander Says:

    Worked perfectly. I just wanted a limited account for my nephew, but I couldn't believe it when Windows wouldn't let me do so without creating a full on user account, with address to boot. Microsoft is killing it with Windows 10 in most areas... I guess we can't ask for TOTAL perfection.

  • akora solomon Says:

    yes, it does creates the guest account , but it restricts guests to only in-built system apps but the ones of your own, the guest can mess around with them. so you got to be careful

  • David Sheppard Says:

    I created a Visitor account successfully, but now Settings doesn't work so I can't get back to my own account. Help!

  • Ivooo Says:

    Very useful! Amazing!Very useful! Amazing!

  • Hashem Says:

    "C:\Users\Hashim Al Assad>net user Visitor /add /active:yes
    System error 5 has occurred.

    Access is denied."
    I get the message above.

  • Hardy Says:

    I followed the steps. Everything works, but my files are accessible to the guest user. That's the problem with this guest user.

  • Rafael Ulloa Says:

    could fin a simple way to do this intuitively through System Setting or the Control Panel. These instructions are short and simple. Thanks a lot!.

  • Dave Liao Says:

    This works for me on the latest Insider build for Windows 10.

    However to get to the Command Prompt, you need to:
    1. click Start
    2. type "cmd"
    3. right-click the Command Prompt app that appears, then
    4. choose "Run as administrator"
    (There's no longer a Command Prompt choice when you right-click the Start Menu.)

  • Frank Brito Says:

    I followed the exact steps and was able to create a Visitor account on my Toshiba Laptop; however, when I clicked on sign in it stated "The User Profile Service service failed the sign-in: User profile cannot be loaded". I tried this on my desktop and it worked flawlessly. Any other tips or advice you can give would greatly be appreciated as I use my personal laptop for work and would like a visitor account for presenters. Thank you.

  • d byrnes Says:

    This does not work for me on the current Win10 build (15063.540). Followed the steps, created the account to the point of seeing it on the lock screen. When I click it, and click the arrow to go (no password), it immediately logs out.
    This problem has been reported on numerous websites that post the same process.

  • Nils Sens Says:

    Small thing: on my Surface Pro4 the command prompt (Admin) was called "Windows Power Shell (Admin)". Maybe that confuses someone.

  • JohnL Says:

    It works - sort of. I go through all the steps and the account shows up on the start screen. I click on it and it appears to be logging in but you never get to the account before it signs out immediately. It happened on the first go around so I deleted the account and each time I recreate an account same things. Using Win10.

  • rahul Says:

    pretty easy. and works as well. thanks

  • shabs Says:

    your tip is amazing. thank you so much. continue the great work you are one of my fav pages now.

  • Tanasha Says:

    I've tried this and it worked. Thanks. My only problem is that I cannot access the Guest account even though I see it listed. Every time I try I just get redirected to the main lock screen and then the Guest account is not visible. Do you have any advice on how to fix this? Thanks.

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  • Callum Spence Says:

    You're a legend! Thanks a lot!

  • Zamorak Says:

    System error 1376

    This local group does not exist.

    What should i do?


    This approach works for Windows 10, have tried others that did not. Many thanks.

  • Simoon Says:

    Thank you so much. This works on my desktop computer running Windows 10! So convenient!

  • Robert Says:

    Worked with out an issue. Doubled checked process on other sides before I tried. If it don't work you didn't do it right or don't have Windows 10.

  • Robert Says:

    Worked with out an issue. Doubled checked process on other sides before I tried. If it don't work you didn't do it right or don't have Windows 10.

  • OTAworld Says:

    Thanks, pretty much worked perfectly :)

  • Crystal Says:

    It worked perfect for me! Thanks :)

  • nathan Says:

    "the user profile service failed the sign-in. the user profile cannot be loaded" error message every time I try and make new account now.

  • nathan Says:

    this sucks and now I cannot add any other accounts, do not do it, it is a scam. pretty sure I have virus.

  • 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".

  • 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?

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