Windows 10: Add Guest Account

  1.    03 Nov 2015 #1

    Add Guest Account


    How to add guest account that don't need password at startup, can somebody tell me??
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  2. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       03 Nov 2015 #2

    Hmm, I guess you failed to check the Search function!

    Teaser: the guest account has disappeared from W10. Maybe it'll return one day, but who knows?
    My second best solution:
    • Create a Local user account, not associated with a MS-account
    • The user name Guest is reserved, so you'll need to pick an alternative name like Visitor or something else
    • Setup this Visitor account as a 'normal' user with no administrative priviliges
    • Setup the Windows environment for this account: pinned apps on the task bar, printer settings, network access, etc.
    • Use Autoruns to disable OneDrive for this account, so that different users may never get in a position to view or mess with one another's files.


    I guess that's it.
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  3.    08 Nov 2015 #3

    Here is another way to set up a new guest account:

    1. Open an elevated Command Prompt.

    2. Type the following commands one by one to create a guest account named test, press Enter after each:
    Code:
    net user test /add
    net localgroup guests test /add
    net localgroup users test /del
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  5. Posts : 8
    Win 10 Pro x64
       08 Nov 2015 #5

    The guest account isn't gone, it is just hidden as I understand.

    Running this command from an elevated command prompt on my Windows 10 system shows the guest account.
    Code:
    net user
    This will enable the built in guest account.
    Code:
    net user guest /active:yes
    The same can be done for the built in Administrator account.
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  6. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       09 Nov 2015 #6

    Ooh, Larry's suggestion is a good one, as well as the video pointed to by Dude.
    Please note that depeding the language version of Windows, the user groups 'guests' and 'users' will have different names, e.g. in Dutch they are called 'Gasten' and 'Gebruikers respectively.

    Brack, yes the hidden Guest account could be activated, but at the Windows login screen you will not be able to select the Guest user account, so that will not bring you very far.
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  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       09 Nov 2015 #7

    Advanced question related to the HomeUsers group:

    I had created my "Visitor" account and restricted this to normal user.
    Following Larry's suggestion I used
    net user localgroup guests Visitor /add
    net user localgroup users Visitor /del

    Following Kari's instruction video, I ran netplwiz and noticed a slight difference on my PC.
    All the user accounts on my PC also belong to the group HomeUsers. This includes the newly created Visitor account.
    I understand that the HomeUsers group is used in relation to the HomeGroup one may have installed on the local network.

    Question:
    Should I also remove Visitor from the HomeUsers group?
    net user localgroup HomeUsers Visitor /del
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  •    09 Nov 2015 #8

    Hi StephanP! The "HomeUsers" group should be equal to the "Users" group in your case. If you want to set "Visitor" as a guest account, you should remove it from any other groups, except "Guests".
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