How to create a guest account in Windows 11 or Windows 10

Most versions of Windows in the past allowed the creation of guest accounts. These guest accounts permitted the person using them to access files and apps but not change any settings or preferences on the computer.

Unlike its predecessors, Windows 11 or Windows 10 does not allow you to simply create a guest account through the settings. You can still add accounts for local users, but those local accounts won’t stop guests from changing your computer’s settings.

However, there is a way around this: you can use Windows Terminal to manually create a guest account in Windows 11 or Windows 10.

Using the Windows Terminal, you can manipulate Windows code to create a new account, remove it from the Users list, and add it back to the Guests list. Effectively creating a guest account.

Create a guest account in Windows 11 or Windows 10

As mentioned in the intro text, Windows 11 or Windows 10 won’t let you create a guest account through the settings. However, there is a way to create a guest account anyway. Importantly, you cannot use the name “Guest”. Instead, you must use a different username for the guest account.

Right-click on the Start button. Click on “Windows Terminal (Administrator)” in the menu. Windows 10 users open a Command Prompt as administrator.

In the Windows Terminal or Command Prompt window, type the following commands, followed by an ENTER.

You begin by creating the “Guest-account” This is the username I am using in this example. After that, you can change “Guest-account” to any username you want except “Guest”.

net user Guest-account /add /active:yes

Then type the command below to create a guest account without a password. You will be asked for the password twice. Press ENTER key to create a guest account without a password without entering anything.

net user Guest-account *

Then run the command below to remove the “Guest-account” from the Users group in Windows 11.

net localgroup users Guest-account /delete

Now we will add the “Guest-account” back to the “Guests” group in Windows 11.

net localgroup Guests Guest-account /add

Below you can see the result.

Create Guests account in Windows 11

Now restart the computer, and at the login screen, you will see a “Guest-account” this is the guest account we just created.

Guest account in Windows 11 or Windows 10

A guest account is a restricted account. It cannot install anything and cannot change Windows 11 or Windows 10 through the settings.

I hope this guide has helped you create a guest account. Thanks for reading!

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