Guest account on Windows 10

January 22, 2020 at 23:49:20
Specs: several
The Internet tells me that I can enable the Guest account in
Windows 10 by opening a command window as administrator
and entering:

>net user guest /active:yes

I did that, and a Guest account shows up in the submenu when I
click on my username/icon in the top-left corner of the Start Menu.

But that Guest account can't be accessed, either by clicking on
that link or by clicking on the adjacent Sign out link, or by restarting
the computer. I always get the one account I established when I
first set up Windows. In contrast, I WAS able to access the
administrator account that I enabled a few days ago (and then
disabled and deleted). Enabling the administrator account created
a whole bunch of stuff in the Users/Administrator folder, paralleling
what is in my personal folder. Enabling the Guest account did not.

I have Windows 10 home. I tested this because I was told that
someone couldn't get the guest account to work on a computer
which I think is running Windows 10 professional. I don't know
the details of what happened on the other computer, though.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
January 23, 2020 at 02:31:13
Have a look at this: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/..., but also read this: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/you...

It seems that, essentially, you can't create a genuine "guest" account. And that's probably a good thing; create individual accounts for users, granting them whatever access you require.

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#2
January 23, 2020 at 09:50:34
Thank you, ijack.

The computer where a guest account is wanted turns out to
be running Windows 10 home, not professional, if that makes
any difference to anything.

The problem I saw is exactly as described in your second link,
for the second suggested way to add a guest account. The
administrator of the other computer apparently found the first
suggested way and created an account named "Visitor". As
the article says, it is just a regular account, without a password.
I'm not sure that is a significant problem, as long as a user can't
accidentally make the account password-protected by typing in
a password at the log-on. I presume that isn't possible, but I
haven't tested it.

The next-biggest problem is that switching users isn't as easy
as on Windows 7. Especially with the rather long list of users
on the other computer. About 25 or so. In order to find the
guest / visitor account it may be necessary to scroll down.

Creating a new account for each guest who wants to use the
computer could be a significant burden on the administrators,
especially if they only decide that they want to use it late at
night or very early in the morning. Accounts would accumulate
unless deleted frequently or automatically.

There are two computers side-by-side, Win 7 and Win 10.
I don't have an account on either. I occasionally use the guest
account on the Win 7 computer. Like, whenever I want to print
something. I can leave files on that computer as can any guest,
but there is no large accumulation of junk. Just a handful of
files over the last two or three years.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#3
March 17, 2020 at 08:48:55
Windows isn't made to have different accounts, you can see that in the "flexibility" that is offered when you do.

Why do you need these different accounts ? Maybe there is another way of solving that problem ?


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#4
March 17, 2020 at 09:51:17
Seems it can be done in Windows-10 (Professional...)

I dun a duckduckgo trawl (ought to be perhaps a paddle...) and find no end of how to using

create a Guest account in windows-10 Professional

as the string.

These are just three of them:

http://tinyurl.com/wf2vxa4

http://tinyurl.com/wae6ljo (click on the link within "summit's" response)

http://tinyurl.com/y462v8y5

Transpires that "Guest" is now a reserved account name in Win-10 (and no-longer accessible to us mere mortals). So you have to use another name - suggested to be Visitor - the "new" name for Guest...

Seems M$-land simply love phyxing stuff that ain't broke; changing things for the sake o doing something to earn their pay cheque; clearly too much spare time on their hands...


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#5
March 17, 2020 at 20:47:16
I do not see much difference between a Guest Account and a user 'Visitor' account with a password.
As far as someone adding a password to the Visitor account removing it should be within the realm of the administrator account holder's options (change password and leave blank).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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