Guest account in Windows 10

The guest account in Windows allows you to grant temporary access to your computer to users without them being able to install and uninstall programs, change settings, install hardware, and open applications from the Windows 10 store. Additionally, with guest access, a User cannot view files and folders in other users' user folders (Documents, Pictures, Music, Downloads, Desktop) or delete files from Windows system folders and Program Files.

This tutorial describes step-by-step two easy ways to enable the guest account in Windows 10, considering that the guest user built into Windows 10 has recently stopped working (as of build 10159).

Note: Use Windows 10 Kiosk Mode to restrict the user to a single application.

Enabling the Windows 10 Guest User Using the Command Line

As noted above, the inactive guest account is present in Windows 10, but it does not work as in previous versions of the system.

It can be enabled in various ways, such as gpedit.msc, "Local Users and Groups" or the command net user Guest / active: yes - this will not appear on the login screen, but will be present in other users' login menu user changes (without the option to login as a guest, it will return to the login screen when you try).

However, Windows 10 maintains a local group of "Guests" and is functional, so to enable an account with guest access (although it cannot be called "Guest" since that name is taken from the aforementioned built-in account), you will have to create a new user and add it to the Guest group.

The easiest way to do this is to use the command line. The steps to enable guest entry will be as follows:

  1. Run the command line as an administrator (see How to run the command line as an administrator) and use the following commands in order, pressing Enter after each one.
  2. net user User_name / add (Hereinafter Username - Anything other than "Guest", which will be used for guest access, in my screenshot is "Guest").
  3. net localgroup Users username / delete (Remove the newly created account from the local Users group. If you originally have the English version of Windows 10, instead of Users type Users).
  4. net localgroup Guests Username / add (Add the user to the "Guests" group. For the English version, type guests).

Ready, at this point the guest account will be created (or rather, the account that you created with guest rights) and you will be able to log in to Windows 10 under it (the first time you log in it will take a while to configure your user options ).

How to add a guest account in "Local Users and Groups"

Another way to create a user and enable guest access for them, suitable for Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise versions only, is to use the "Local Users and Groups" tool.

  1. Press Win + R on your keyboard, type lusrmgr.msc. to open "Local Users and Groups".
  2. Select the "Users" folder, right-click on a blank space in the user list and select the "New User" menu option (or use a similar option in the "Advanced Actions" panel of the right).
  3. Specify a name for the user with guest access (but not "Guest"), it is not necessary to fill in the other fields, click "Create" and then "Close".
  4. In the list of users, double-click the newly created user and select the "Group Membership" tab in the window that opens.
  5. Select "Users" from the group list and click "Delete".
  6. Click "Add" and then enter Guests (or Guests for English versions of Windows 10) in the "Choose selectable object names" field. Click OK.

This completes the necessary steps: you can close "Local Users and Groups" and log in as a guest account. When you first connect, it takes a while to configure the settings for the new user.

Other Information

After logging into your guest account, you may notice two nuances:

  1. The recurring message that OneDrive cannot be used with the guest account. The solution is to remove the automatic launch of OneDrive for that user: right click on the cloud icon in the taskbar - options - options tab, uncheck the option to autostart when logging into Windows. Also useful: How to disable or uninstall OneDrive in Windows 10.
  2. The start menu tiles will look like "down arrows" and will sometimes change to "Great App Coming Soon". This is due to the inability to install applications from the store "as a guest". Solution: Right-click on each of these tiles to separate them from the home screen. As a result, the start menu may appear too empty, but you can fix this by resizing it (the start menu borders allow it to be resized).

That's it for now, I hope the information has been enough. If there are any additional questions, you can ask them in the comments, and I will try to answer them. Also, in terms of restricting the rights of users, the article Parental controls in Windows 10 can be helpful.