How to create a guest account on Windows 11

If you want to share your Windows 11 PC with someone else, you can add a guest account under their name through the Windows 11 settings app.

There may come a time when you need to share your laptop, or your Windows 11 PC with someone else. In the old days of Windows, there was a dedicated guest mode for these situations, but Windows 11 and Windows 10 have done away with this. This does not mean that you cannot manually add a guest account.

From the settings app, you can add a separate guest account. You can change the permissions so that the guest account cannot access your files. We’ve got your back, though, with the best ways to create a guest account on Windows, even covering advanced techniques like Command Prompt.

How to create a guest account in Windows 11 through the program settings

The Windows 11 setup program will allow you to add a new account on your PC that you will be using instead of guests. Although you can’t name this new user “Guest” since Windows won’t allow it, you can give it a different name like “Guest User.” You need to be an administrator to follow this, but here’s how to do it.

Add an account to Windows

  1. Open the Windows 11 Settings app with Windows Key + I on your keyboard.
  2. Select Account in the sidebar.
  3. Select Other Users.
  4. Select Add Account.
  5. Click I have no information about this person.
  6. Click Add a user without a Microsoft Account.
  7. Add a name, such as Guest User.
  8. Add a password if you want.
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Once this is done, you will have a separate account set up on your PC for the guest to use. By default, this default account should still block other file types. But if you want to be on the safe side, you can manually block the account from what all guests in older versions of Windows would have added.

Change account permissions Windows 11 Home

If you just added a guest account and you’re running Windows 11 Home, you’ll want to make sure it’s a guest account by removing the account’s other permissions. For this, you can use a third-party tool.

  1. Go to GitHub and download the User Center and Community Management Tool.
  2. Setting up the tool.
  3. Navigate to Users, then double-click on the name of the user you created earlier.
  4. Select Group Membership, then Add Membership.
  5. Select Guests, then click Select.
  6. View Users and click Remove Membership.
  7. Click OK.

Change account permission Windows 11 Pro and higher

If you’re running Windows 11 Pro and higher and just create a guest account, you won’t need a third-party tool. You can use the Computer Management tool for this task. This is how it is.

  1. Search for Computer Management in the Start Menu and click the top results.
  2. Click System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users.
  3. Right-click on the account you just added and select Properties.
  4. Click Member > Add > Advanced.
  5. Select Find now > Visitors.
  6. Click OK, then OK, then select User Group and select Delete.
  7. Click Apply and then OK.

How to create a guest account in Windows 11 via Command Prompt

Advanced Windows 11 users may want to create a guest account through the Windows 11 Command Prompt. This accomplishes the same thing as going through Windows 11’s program settings and removing permissions.

  1. Search for Command Prompt’s Start Menu and select Run as Administrator.
  2. Type the following command: net user Visitor /add /active:yes
  3. If you want to add a password, type net user Visitor * and password then press Enter on your keyboard.
  4. Otherwise, just press Enter twice to skip the password.
  5. Ensure that the user will not have access to other files by typing the following command and pressing Enter: net localgroup users Guest /delete
  6. Complete the installation by typing local guests Guest /add and pressing Enter.
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Once this is done, you can go to the login page to select a guest account. This account will not have access to other users’ files, and it is safe to use.

As soon as you follow any of the steps above, your PC will be working with a guest account. It will appear on the login screen, just like any other account. This can be especially useful when a large student laptop can be shared with multiple people. Or, in a family setting, where you don’t want the accounts to interact with each other’s data and files.

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