To turn the guest account on or off

A guest account provides access to the computer for any user who does not have a user account on the computer.

The steps to perform this task differ depending on whether your computer is a member of a network domain or is part of a workgroup (or is a stand-alone computer).

My computer is on a domain

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to activate or disable the guest account.

For information about activating or deactivating the guest account using Computer Management, click To disable or activate a user account.

My computer is not on a domain

You must have a computer administrator account on the computer to turn on and turn off the guest account on the computer.

1.

Open User Accounts in Control Panel.

2.

Click Guest.

3.

Do one of the following:

To turn on the guest account, click Turn On the Guest Account.

The guest account will be activated. Now, a user without a user account on the computer can log on to the computer at the Welcome screen.

To turn off the guest account, click Turn off the guest account.

The guest account will be deactivated. Now, users without a user account on the computer will not be able to log on to the computer.

Note

To open User Accounts, click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts

Users who log on to the computer using the guest account do not have access to password-protected files, folders, and settings.

For more information about user accounts, click Related Topics.

Related Topics

Turn the Welcome screen on or off

Turn Fast User Switching on or off

Change a user's picture

User Accounts overview



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