The concept of a guest account isn’t a bad one: a locked-down account that you can let other people use on your PC to access the internet, run apps, and not much more — all while keeping your files, settings, and everything else safe (in theory). But when Microsoft rolled out Windows 10, the Guest account disappeared.You can enable it in a number of ways, but there’s no Guest account to use. In fact, if you manage to turn on the account, it won’t even show up on the sign-in screen.
However, the elements needed to create a guest account are still present in Windows 10, which makes it possible to create your very own restricted account to let guests use your PC. It just take a bit of user assembly.In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to use Command Prompt to create a guest account on your PC.
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.
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.
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
4. Press Enter twice when asked to set a password. This will create a blank password for the account.
5. Type the following command and then hit Enter:
net localgroup users Visitor /delete
This removes the Visitor user from the default users group.
6. Type the following command and then hit Enter:
net localgroup guests Visitor /add
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.