There are times when we have to share our Windows PC with someone. Having a Guest Account on Windows comes handy in such situations. Windows 10 however, removed the Guest account functionality. But you can still add Family members and other people as users to your computer, whether they have a Microsoft Account or not, and give them limited access to your PC.
Although the ability to add guest account was removed in Windows 10, but all the elements required to create a guest account still exist. You can use the net user command in a Command Prompt to setup and create a Guest account on Windows 10.
UPDATE: Things appear to have changed in recent Windows 10 versions. Windows 10, v1607 introduced Shared or Guest PC Mode. This sets up Windows 10 Pro, Pro Education, Education, and Enterprise for limited use in certain scenarios. As a result, the following procedure may not work in Windows 10 v1607, v1703 and later now.
Create a Guest account in Windows 10
Before you begin, create a system restore point first. Now to create a Guest Account in Windows 10, you will have to do the following:
1] Open Start and search for Command Prompt. Right click and then select Run as administrator.
2] Now, we need to add a user account on your computer. Type in the following command to create a new user. ‘TWC’ here is the name of the user account, you can name it whatever you want. But make sure the name of the account is not ‘Guest’ as it is reserved by Windows.
net user TWC /add /active:yes
3] Once the account is created, execute the following command. It lets you add a password to the account. Since this is a guest account we do not want to add a password to it, so hit Enter to skip
net user TWC *
4] Now we need to delete the newly created account from Users group and then add it to Guests group. The commands below will let you do that. Enter these commands one by one and you are done for most of the part.
net localgroup users TWC /delete net localgroup guests TWC /add
Now the account has been created and it is at the Guest level.
The Guest Accounts let users perform all the basic tasks. These accounts have privileges to run apps, browse the internet, play music and etc. But these accounts cannot change system settings, install or remove new programs and make any changes to the system that require permissions. You may read the difference between Admin, Standard, etc. User Accounts here.
Delete Guest Accounts in Windows 10
If you want to delete any of the Guest accounts, make sure you are logged into the Administrator account before performing the steps mentioned below:
- Open Settings, then go to Accounts.
- Select Family & other people from the left menu.
- Now under Other People, you may find the guest account you created earlier. Click on it and select Remove. The account and its data would be completely removed from your computer.
This was how you create and remove Guest accounts on Windows 10. You can also create simple local accounts but then again, they will have slightly higher privileges than a Guest Account. Guest account created this way are more like the guest accounts we used to have in older versions of Windows.