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Guest Account - Turn On or Off

How to Turn the Guest Account On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
19 Apr 2009
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How to Turn the Guest Account On or Off in Windows 7

information   Information
If you want someone to have temporary access to your computer, you can turn on the guest account. A guest account is an account for users who don't have a permanent account on your computer or domain. It allows people to use your computer without having access to your personal files. People using the guest account can't install software or hardware, change settings, or create a password.

The guest account is not available on Windows 7 Starter.

This tutorial will show you how to turn the guest account on or off in Windows 7.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

warning   Warning
Since the guest account allows a user to log on to a network, browse the Internet, and shut down the computer, you should turn off the guest account when it isn't being used.


EXAMPLE: Log On Screen with Guest Account Turned On
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OPTION ONE
To Turn On or Off Guest Account in User Accounts
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the User Accounts icon.

2. Click on the Manage another account link. (see screenshot below)
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3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

4. Click on the listed Guest account, and do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)
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5. To Turn On the Guest Account
A) Click on the Turn On button. (See screenshot below)
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B) The guest account is now turned on. Close the User Accounts window. (See screenshot below)
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6. To Turn Off the Guest Account
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Turn off the guest account link. (See screenshot below)
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B) The guest account is now turned off. Close the User Accounts window. (See screenshot below)
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OPTION TWO
To Turn On or Off Guest Account in Command Prompt
1. Open an elevated command prompt, and do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Turn On the Guest Account
A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you had previously renamed the "Guest" account's name, then you will need to substitute Guest in the command below with the new name instead.
net user Guest /active:yes


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3. To Turn Off the Guest Account
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you had previously renamed the "Guest" account's name, then you will need to substitute Guest in the command below with the new name instead.
net user Guest /active:no


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4. You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.


That's it,
Shawn






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29 Aug 2012   #1
JonathanV

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601
 
 

This is very useful if I borrow my computer to my friends for playing games, browsing Internet and homework.

Thank you Brink.


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11 Nov 2013   #2
inspiron12

Windows 7
 
 
From command line

command prompt lovers can use net user command to enable/disable guest account.

net user guest /active:no

source: User Account - Enable or Disable
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11 Nov 2013   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you for the reminder inspiron. Added to the tutorial.
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