For reasons known only to Microsoft, they decided to remove the Guest account from Windows 10. As of July 2015, starting with build 10159, this feature is gone from Windows 10, without much in terms of an explanation from Microsoft. Even though this feature is removed from Windows 10, you will find several websites promising multiple ways of enabling the Guest account in Windows 10. The trouble is that all these methods don’t work and you will only end up lowering the quality of your Windows 10 computing experience. Here’s what happens when you try to enable the Guest account in Windows 10 and how to clean up the problems you’ve generated for yourself when doing so:
What is the Guest account in Windows?
As explained in this guide , the Guest account is a local user account with very limited permissions. It has the following restrictions:
- It doesn't have a password and passwords cannot be set for it.
- It cannot install apps, desktop apps or hardware devices.
- It can use only the apps and desktop programs that were installed on your PC or device, when the Guest account was enabled.
- It cannot change its account type, name or picture.
- It cannot change the settings of other user accounts.
- It cannot access the libraries and user folders of other user accounts.
- It can create files only on the Desktop and its user folders. It cannot create folders and files anywhere else on your PC or device.
- The Guest user account can be enabled or disabled only by an administrator.
Unfortunately, this feature is available in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 but not in Windows 10.
How to “enable” the Guest account in Windows 10?
You will find several ways for “enabling” the Guest account in Windows 10. One involves using the Control Panel. This method worked only until build 10159, which was released in July 2015. In all sub-sequent builds, this method doesn’t work.
Other methods involve using the Computer Management or the Local Group Policy Editor tools . You can use these tools if you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise and they might seem like they work but the truth is that they don’t. Your Guest account is not really enabled, even though you receive no error messages when you try to enable it.
Another method which is advertised to work even in Windows 10 Home, involves running a command or more in the Command Prompt , like the command shown below.
All these methods seem to work because they don’t return any error messages.
What happens after you have “enabled” the Guest account in Windows 10?
You have used one of the methods that are shared online for enabling the Guest account in Windows 10, you received no errors and everything seems OK. The problem is that you just lowered the quality of your computing experience and the Guest account is not working.
First of all, if you go to the Login screen in Windows 10, you will not see the Guest account listed as a user account that you can use to sign in.
If you click the Start button and then on your user account, you see Guest as a user account you can switch to.
However, when you click on Guest , you get to the Login screen and there you are asked to sign in using your existing user account, not Guest. No matter what you do to coax Windows 10 into showing a Guest account, when you click on it, Windows 10 sends you to sign in with a different user account.
To make sure you understand things: there's simply no support for turning Guest on in the Control Panel nor in the Settings app; and Guest doesn't appear on the sign-in screen.
How to fix things and disable your dummy Guest account in Windows 10?
Now that it is clear that you can’t get the Guest account back in Windows 10 and you can’t sign in with it, let’s see how to disable the dummy Guest account that you just created:
Start the Command Prompt as administrator. Then, type the command net user guest /active:no and press Enter on your keyboard.
If the command completed successfully, the dummy Guest account you created is now disabled and your troubles are over.
There are other methods, that involve using the Computer Management or the Local Group Policy Editor tools but this is the only method that works in all editions of Windows 10, including Windows 10 Home.
Unfortunately there are many websites that will lie to you for a bit of traffic and a quick buck. They will even sell you solutions for problems that are caused by the fact that a certain feature of Windows has been removed by Microsoft, which you can’t get back, no matter what you do, like the Guest account in Windows 10. Hopefully, you have found this guide, read it, followed its instructions and you have managed to solve the problems that you created for yourself by following such websites.