Do you want to temporarily make your computer available? To ensure protection and restriction, create a guest account in Windows 11. Here is how to do it.
Windows allows you to create multiple user accounts to separate users and workflows. If you want to temporarily give a computer to a new user instead of sharing your own user account, you may want to create a guest user account in Windows. Now, sharing a computer is not something that happens very often. However, there will be situations where it is necessary. For example, I recently needed to share a computer so my family could view and select vacation photos.
In older versions, creating a guest account was a couple of mouse clicks away. However, Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, has removed the ability to create real guest accounts in Windows 11 & 10.
However, it is possible to create a pseudo-guest account and share that account while providing a computer. Of course, this is not as restrictive as a real guest account, but it is better than sharing your own user account.
First, create a new guest account in Windows 11 in one of the following ways
Important note: The steps shown below will work on Windows 10 and 11.
Commands to create a guest account
New in Windowsguest account can be created with several commands. Basically, you create a new user account and move it into the built-in Guest user group. It sounds complicated, but it’s pretty simple. Here is how.
- Right-click the Start icon on the taskbar.
- Select “Terminal (Admin)”.
- Make sure the PowerShell tab is open.
- Execute the command “net user Guest1 /add”.
- Execute the command “net localgroup Users Guest /delete”.
- Execute the command “net localgroup Guests Guest1 /add”
- Close the terminal window.
- The creation of the Guest account for Windows 11 is complete.
The Terminal window must be opened as administrator. So, right-click the Start Menu icon on the taskbar and select “Terminal (Administrator). Once the Terminal window opens, make sure the PowerShell tab is open. You can also run the following command in the Command Prompt window. However, for simplicity, we will use PowerShell here.
In the PowerShell window, execute the following command A new user account will be created. Replace “Guest1” with any user name.
By default, user accounts are added to the Users group. We need to move them to the Guests group. So, we first need to remove the newly created user account from the Users group.
Then remove the newly created user account from the Users group. Go to the “Guests” group by executing the following command.
Finally, close the terminal window.
You have now created a new guest account in Windows 11. You can log in from the lock screen.
To delete the guest account, run the following command in the terminal (administrator) window.
Important note: You cannot use “Guest” as a user name.
Creating a Guest Account from Windows 11 Settings
You can also create a user account using the Settings app. This is fairly easy.
- Launch the Settings app.
- Go to the “Accounts > Family & other users” page.
- Click on the “Add Account” button.
- Click on the “No sign-in information for this person” link.
- Click the “Add a user without a Microsoft account” link.
- Enter the user name in the first field.
- (Optional) Set the password in the next two fields.
- Click the “Next” button.
- (Optional) After setting the password, a security question may appear. Set if necessary and click the “Next” button.
- Create a new user account.
- You can log into the new account from the lock screen.
Note that user accounts created by both methods are not true guest accounts.
We hope this simple and easy guide to working with Windows will help you.
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