How to Create Restricted Guest Accounts in Windows 10 the Easy Way

Capture Date: 11.03.2018 19:36:12


Unless you’re the only one who uses your computer, you probably have multiple accounts on it. This lets everyone do their own work without running into each other. When you need to quickly let someone use your PC, you could go through the process of making a new account every time, but this takes too long.

Why not use a Guest account instead? Microsoft removed the Guest account by default in Windows 10, but you can create your own Guest account in just a moment.


Log into your own account and right-click on the Start Button. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) and enter the following command to create a new account. Replace USERNAME with anything you like, but don’t use Guest since that name is reserved by Windows:

net user USERNAME /add /active:yes 

Next, you’ll need to run the following command to add a password to the account. Since you don’t want a password on a Guest account, enter this command and just press Enter twice to leave it as blank:

net user USERNAME * 

Finally, you’ll need to move this user from the default Users group to the Guest group. Do this by entering the following two commands in this order:

net localgroup users USERNAME /delete net localgroup guests USERNAME /add 

This Guest account can sign into your PC without a password and use any basic apps you have installed. They can browse the web, listen to music, and work in Office, but can’t install software, change settings, or view your files.

If you ever want to remove this account, head to Settings > Accounts > Family & other people. Click the name of the account you made, then the Remove button to delete it.

You could do all of the above through a few Windows menus, but the Command Prompt makes it a lot faster. To further keep your PC secure, make sure you review the best ways to lock Windows.

Do you ever let guests use your PC? How many accounts are on your computer right now? Leave a comment and let us know!

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