A guest account is a type of account that can be created on Windows usually used when a person doesn’t have access to their own computer but needs to use one. They can create a guest account and log in with their credentials for the time being.
If you want to allow someone else to use your computer for a short period of time but don’t want them to have access to all of your personal information and files, you may leverage the Guest Account feature in Windows.
By the end of this article, you’ll be able to add guest account in Windows 11 using:
- User Accounts
- Computer Management
- Command Prompt
1. How to Create a Guest Account Using User Accounts
To create a guest account on Windows 11, use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on Accounts.
- Click the Family & other users page on the right side.
- And then click the I don’t have this person’s sign-in information option.
- Click the Add a user without a Microsoft account option.
- Create a name for the guest account — for example, Visitor. Quick note: Although the built-in “Guest” account has been deprecated, it’s still a reserved name, which means that you can’t use the same name.
- Create a password for the account.
- Complete the security questions to enable the password recovery feature.
- Click the Next button.
Once you complete the steps, a restricted standard account will be created to share the computer with your house guests. The last thing left to do is sign out and sign in with the newly created account.
2. How to create a guest account using Computer Management
To set up a guest account through Computer Management, use these steps:
- Open Start.
- Search for Computer Management and click the top result to open the app.
- Browse to the following path:
System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users
- Click the “Action” menu and select the New user option.
- Create the account name (for example, Visitor) in the “User name” field
- Create a new password for the guest account.
- Clear the User must change password at next logon option.
- Click the Create button.
- Right-click the account and select the Properties option
- Click the Member Of tab.
- Just click the Add button
- Click the Advanced button
- Click the Find now button.
- Select the Guests group
- Click the OK button.
- Click the OK button again.
- Select the Users group.
- Click the Remove button.
- Click the Apply button.
- And then Click the OK button.
After you complete the steps, the restricted local account will be created to share the computer with other people.
3. How to Create a Guest Account Using the Command Prompt
Command Prompt, also known as cmd.exe, is a command-line interface used to communicate with the system. It is often used to perform advanced functions since it takes just a couple of keystrokes to execute the commands.
1. How to Create a Windows 11 Guest Account via Command Prompt
Here is how you can use the Command Prompt to create a guest account on your PC:
- Type cmd in the search area of your taskbar and click Run as administrator. This will launch Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
- Inside the Command Prompt window, type the command mentioned below and hit Enter to execute it. This should create a guest account successfully
- To secure your guest account, you can set up a login password as well, but this is optional. If you wish to proceed, execute the command below in the same window
- Add and confirm the password in Command Prompt
- To view the guest account, head over to Windows Settings and navigate to Accounts.
- Choose Family & other users as shown below
- Navigate Other users, and you should see the guest account listed there. The account will now also be shown on your sign-in screen.
4. How to Create Guest Account Using PowerShell
Step 1: Open the PowerShell as an administrator from the Start menu.
Step 2: To create a new guest account, type the command:
New-LocalUser -Name “Account-Name” -Description “Account’s-description-here” -NoPassword