If you envision guests using your laptop or tablet while they visit, you may want to do some housekeeping on them. For computers, it’s a good idea to create guest accounts, especially ones without administrator permissions to the machine.

If you’re still using Windows 7, you’re going to want to change that. But until then, you can go to Control Panel > User Accounts and create a new account. Unfortunately, this feature is well hidden on Windows 10, and there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to enable it.

You can, however, make your own guest account with similar permissions. Click on the Start menu and type lusrmgr.msc, pressing Enter when the option appears. This will bring you to the Local Users and Groups manager. Click the Users folder in the sidebar, then right-click on an empty area in the middle pane and select New User.

Give them a name (“Guest” is already taken by the system, so I recommend “Houseguest,” “Visitor,” or something similar) and uncheck the User Must Change Password at Next Logon box. Next, check User Cannot Change Password and Password Never Expires boxes, then close the window. Your new user should appear in the list.

From there, right-click your new user, select Properties, click the Member Of tab, and remove them from the Users group. Click Add, type “guests” into the object name box, and click the Check Names button. Click OK, then OK in the Properties window and close the Local User Manager. You should be able to sign in as your new guest user without a password, and without the ability to interfere with the system.



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