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Guest account: securing drive access

Question: Guest account: securing drive access


how do I prevent another account from accessing a particular drive on my computer?


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Answer: Guest account: securing drive access

Apparently this can be done using the parental controls.

Access the Parental Controls feature in Windows 7 to limit a guest account by clicking “Start" then “Control Panel.” Then, click “User Accounts” and under that panel, click “Parental Controls” then follow instructions to set up a “Standard” or guest account.

Follow the prompts on how to limit the new guest account using the parental controls. Using this parental control feature, you can limit access to certain activities such as how children or guests use the computer and connect to the Internet, hours spent online, types of programs run and file access, but the account must be a “standard” account to do so.

I don't believe you can prevent access to a particular drive this way but you can prevent access to all drives for a standard user on the same machine.

You can also prevent access to certain drives using Group Policy.

I have another way of preventing access to a particular drive by a particular user on another machine but it involves setting up a Homegroup.

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I am trying to change my user account from guest to admin as many things aren't working right. I have tried cmd -> netplwiz and it asks me for an admin password, but gives me no box to type it in. Even if it did, I don't know what the admin password is. I have two accounts set up - one as local user and the other is a microsoft account. Neither seem to have admin privileges.

Answer:Stuck with a guest account - can't access admin account

That subject cannot be discussed on this Forum.

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When i access a system which is having windows xp professional as an operating system and it is in workgroup it is going to guest account and asking the guest password but there is an option in which if we change and when we try to access the same system it will ask the user name and password instead of going to guest account.

So do anyone have an idea about that option. Please let me know it is very much needed to me.

Awaiting for the reply.

Thank you for your valuable time.

Answer:guest account - normal account access in xp professional

Not sure I understand your question or problem. Maybe this info will help.

If you are using Simple File Sharing (Control Panel - Folder Options - View tab - Use simple file sharing) it should quietly use the network guest account for access and there should be no prompt. If there is the system has a problem.

If you are using Advanced File Sharing (not using Simple File Sharing) you should get the prompt for a regular account/password.

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Hello. I can't open the guest folder usgin my admin ccount on windows 7. Each time I need a file I have to login using guest account and its frustrating. I just clic on the folder and nothing happens

Answer:Can't access to guest account files from another account

Administrator account is not for general usage, and NOT your own account.
Administrator account required password to access.
Usually, no one use Administrator account.
Do note the differences between "Administrator" account and "admin" rights.
Administrator account have full rights to anything and everything.
"Admin" rights is just act as administrator and is not an account.

As the 1st newly create account (mainly your own account) may have that admin rights.
With admin rights, you are accessible to create accounts for other users.

Also for guest account, by default have no password.
Guest account is always available, but need to initiate it for use, and no password is needed.

If you create guest account, it will not be a guest account, and this will be another user account, but the name "Guest" may conflict with the system created "Guest" account.

In conclusion, you may started the wrong way.

So, if your had manually create an Guest account with password, it is not a guest account at all.
But an user account with the name "Guest".
When you activated the Guest account, there will not be any password.

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Just got a little refurbed computer and in the process of setting things up as I like them. I have my main account set with administrator privileges and there is also a guest account which was already here but turned off. I have just turned that on but it shows as password protected and I can't get in to change this. If I try from my admin account I get "access denied". Also when logging onto to windows all that shows is my main account, no list including the guest account. If I try to switch user from my account it shows a blank box where the picture should be and says "other user" rather than "Guest". I have tried endless fixes from the internet but still am locked out. Any help much appreciated.

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Hi everyone,On Windows XP Pro, I can't access to CDrom with the guest account if another user already has a session opened.If noone has a session opened, I can acess to CDrom from the guest account without any problems.But if another user already has a session opened, the guest account can't do anything with CDroms. Windows prompts 'acess refused' when trying to open a CD. If I try to use for instance CDex, I get this message: 'Native NTSCSI library support not supported by this operating system. You have to install ASPI drivers in order to use CDex". CDex then launchs but doesn't display any CDrom in his list.FYI, the strategy of local security only allows acess to CDrom to locally connected users (as necessary for using CDex from the guest account).Does anyone have any ideas to solve the issue? (without giving up the guest account).Thanks in advance.

Answer:Access to CD from guest account

See if any of this helps.Secure Runner Run Windows Programs without Administrator Rights. Programs Do Not Work Correctly If You Log On Using a Limited User Account easiest way to run as non-admin

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Win XP Home SP2
Recently wanted to turn on the Guest account so my grandson could use the computer w/o messing my stuff up ==Was able to turn the account on BUT It would NOT allow me to log-on saying it could not load the profile ?? Any ideas ?? permissions ?? == Dont believe it has anything to do with anti-virus or spyware but in any event the system is "clean" ===== Im the ONLY user

Answer:Guest Account Access

These might help.

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I have just set up a guest account and want to stop that account from accessing the C drive, which it is able to do at the moment by clicking on ?Computer? / ?Cdrive? then right click ?open?
I have gone into the C drive properties / permissions area on my own account and want to change the permissions for the ?users? from ?full access? to ?deny? which I hope will then stop anyone using the guest account from accessing the C drive.
Two questions, the first one being will that work ?
And secondly I am concerned that although I am the administrator and still have full access, I came across a little snippet while trying to sort this out that said if I was registered as having full access in two areas e.g. Administrator and User, if access was denied to one of those (User) then that would take priority over the other one (Administrator).
I am concerned that I may lock myself out of my computer.
Can anyone give me any help or advice on this ?
Thanks in anticipation,

Answer:Guest account access problem


Users is a group that contains all users on the system (including the administrator accounts)
Deny rights do override all others so you are likely to lock yourself out if you follow the path you describe.

By default the guest user can see the c: drive but can only access the public areas, a guest user cannot change anything that will effect the operating system - if a guest attempts to run any system level commands they will be prompted to enter administrator credentials and the request will be looged in the security log (event Viewer)

If you wish to prevent the guest from "seeing" the c:drive the only way to do this safely is to remove the everyone group from the areas concerned whilst retaining the administrators group's access and manually adding your actual user to the permissions (assuming UAC is correctly set-up).

Due to the complex permissions schema used for win7 system drives I would actually advise against trying this on the C: drive

It is however quite simple to do on data drives but even here I suggest that you experiment with a test folder tree to ensure you get things correct

one more thing if you are going to work with this sort of permissions changes image your system before you start and enable the hidden administrator as a backup user

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Hi, I wonder what's the difference between a Guest account & a standard account in terms of access right. I want to modfiy either account user not to access some program in my PC. How can I do that?

Answer:access right guest/standard account

For both Vista and Windows 7, you can deny permission. This can be done in a standard account
Sharing and Permissions - Windows 7 Forums

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when i click on the user account i see two lines of text and then it goes back to the logon screen could you help me please.

Answer:can't access user or guest account.

You seem have trouble with userinit.exe from C:\Windows\System32 - the file is corrupted or you have wrong value about it in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Two ways: easy & defficult

1.Easy:Boot DVD Vista

Choose language>>repair computer>>system restore

2.Difficult: boot DVD Vista,replace correct userinit.exe in C:\Windows\System32 independly the file exist or not,load hive SOFTWARE from C:\Windows\System32\config as i.e REM_SOFTWARE (see this thread Can't Delete Registry Key from post 17 how edit registry remotly from DVD Vista) and check you have in key HKLM\REM_SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon this value



If not - fix it

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When I activate the guest account on Windows XP Home Edition I can't access the internet, is there away to turn internet access on for the guest account.

Answer:Can't Access Internet When In Guest Account

This link should be helpful... My Guest account can't dial up the Internet!

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Hello, I'm trying to set up a computer to access the internet from a guest account (or limited account) but it seems to be unable to connect to any https sites. This happens on internet explorer as well as google chrome, (haven't tried firefox, but suspect the same). I have tried turning windows firewall off as well as rifled all over the net. It seems others have had this but no where have I found the solution. Also changing to an admin account makes it work but for security reasons I want to avoid providing admin access to my guests.

Any help greatly appreciated!


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Some time ago I opened a Guest account. As an Administrator I wanted to test this account now, howeve I am not able to access it: After clicking the Guest button Vista takes its time and after about a minute I received the error message: "Windows could not connect to the sens service. Consult the Administrator." I have no idea what the sens service is. Thank you for your help.

Answer:Access Guest account problem

The System Event Notification Service (SENS) is a microsoft service which tracks various system events and notifies programs which need to know about those events. For instance, this service will track the disconnection of a device from a USB port and notify programs that need to know about this, Windows itself as a start, and, say, your Nokia PC Suite because, for example, you have just unplugged your Nokia cell phone.

Why do you want to access this account? Or is it just that you want to know if anything is wrong?

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can we access a sytem c: and d: using the guest account of the windows xp system??

Awiating for the reply.

Thank you for your valuable time.

Answer:can we access a system using the guest account

yes,default installations of Win XP Home have a unpassworded administrator account.
Press ctrl+alt+del twice on the login screen and you will be taken to one where you can enter any username, such as" Administrator" no password and you are in.

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This Thread seems to have been moved from Newsgroup to Archive though we were in the middle of finding a solution to my problem.
I try now to carry on on this Forum, as suggested, with a new Thread with the same Title as before.

I would like to answer here to tom982 who kindly asked me a question to help with my problem to access the Vista Guest Account.

Tom982, here is my answer to your question:
a) COM+Event System shows:
Status = Started / Startup Type = Automatic

b) SENS shows:
Status = blank / Startup Type = Manual

I hope you will find my answer here .... and the solution to my problem.
Thank you very much for your help.

Answer:Access Guest Account problem

If you would kindly restate your question, you may get additional help.

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when ever i attempt to enable and access the guest account, or create a new user account, when i click the account icon from the sign in screen it, the account immediately says 'logging off' which is bizarre because they weren't logged in!!

my account owner administrator works fine, has never been altered

any ideas on a remedy? thank you very much

Answer:guest account and other accounts won't access

It is a user account problem.

Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Local Security Policy;

A default guest account already exists as does a "hidden" admin account which has universal control. ( The default/admin account which most people use is not a "Universal Administrator Account").

You have to activate that admin account;

Click on "enable". Set it up as required with or without password etc.

Enable the guest account and assign whatever rights you want to give it, using "User Rights Assignment", and that's basically that!

Make sure you have a good backup ( image ), and that you don't forget your password, because if you do there is no way to get in to the system.

Regards....Mike Connor

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HI. Need total help here. I have a Dell computer. Desktop. Windows 7 Ultimate. I have an administr account with a password. Then, like 2 years ago or a bit longer I created a guest account without password. I am using it since then. And have stored a bunch of important files. Now, I can't access that account. The message says: " THE GROUP POLICY CLIENT FAILED TO LOG IN. ACCESS IS DENIED"
And thats it. No more access since 10 days. The administrative account has access with the password. And I created a third account without password which also has access. The problem is that guest account. No way I can access anything. NO idea what to do!
All your help, with detailed steps will really really save be eternally appreciated!


Answer:Guest account access denied.

Try adding a password to the guest account, such as "guest"

If that doesn't work try looking in the Group Policy Editor to change the policy. Something may have changed a Registry setting. GPE is just an editor that stores the info in the Registry.

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I have windows 7 and turned on the guest account for a lodger we have staying with us. I want to protect basically all my folders so that she really can only access the internet and use skype (which is why I am giving her the account).
How do I do this?

Answer:Guest account and folder access

A guest account is an account for users who don't have a permanent account on your computer or domain. It allows people to use your computer without having access to your personal files. People using the guest account can't install software or hardware, change settings, or create a password.
From here.

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I have windows 7 home premium. I set up a guest account. When using the guest account there is no Internet access. How do I change that? Please replay with easy instructions.

Answer:guest account and Internet access

There are limitations with the Guest account. The following link explains more about this.
Guest Account Cannot Access Internet

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Hi all,This is a question that I posted on this forum a few months ago, but unfortunately no one had a satisfactory solution then, hopefuly some newer members may have an answer.I have a relative who may be staying for a couple of months and have activated the 'Guest account'. Everything is fine except that whenever he clicks on the connect shortcut on the desktop a box appears 'Application Error, could not create entry (""+Alcatel Speedtouch Connection+"")'. I've tried creating another shortcut from my (administrator) account, but still no joy.Any advice greatly appreciated.Cheers

Answer:Net access on XP Home guest account

The guest account will not allow Internet access, just give it a name.

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Hey everyone!

It's been awhile since I've had to do this, and I totally forget how.

I need to change what programs can, and can't be accessed from the Guest
Account in XP.

The main issue is that the software for my wireless card won't load in the guest account, and I can't remember how to change that.

Any hints guys?

Answer:Guest account, and the access levels.

check this article .. is this what you wanted ?

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I have a new laptop running Windows 8 and just purchased Office 365.   I installed it and it works for my user account.  However, when I switched user to be the Guest User, Office 365 is not showing up.  How can I make Office 365 accessible
to the Guest account?


Answer:Guest account access to Office 365

The O365 access is tied to the associated Live ID and whether or not that had O365...

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So I have friends i want to let them check their email and maybe save a bit in their documents folder. I want to limit the guest account so they cant get into anything else. can i limit programs they can use and hdds/files they can access from the Guest account?

Answer:Solved: I want to limit Guest account access.

you would be better posting this in the XP forum.


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How in the world do I disable all Internet access for the Guest account on a Windows XP Professional (SP2) system? I've been searching through Policies and Services and Googling this all morning!

And while I'm thinking of it, is it possible to disable all of the Internet (AIM, Yahoo, HTTP, Kazaa, etc), but still be able to browse the LAN? I can't begin to thank somebody enough for these answers!

Answer:Deny Internet access for Guest Account

Would it be an option somewhere in the "Administrative Tools" ??

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I have access to the Internet when I am on the admin account and I use to have access on the guest account as well. Today for some reason I start my computer up and the guest account no longer has Internet access. (using IE) Why could this be? Why would it happen out of no where? How do I fix it? I use chrome on my admin account and it works fine.

Answer:Guest account Internet access not working.

With this limited information it's difficult to guess at what the problem might be but I would start by resetting the router.

It helps to have a router configuration file to get all the routers settings back to where they were, otherwise you would have to do it manually.

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I enabled the Guest account on my Vista PC today just for kicks and decided to see exactly what the Guest account had access to. I tried to delete program files, etc. and each time I got a prompt to enter the Administrator password. OK, this is good so far. Then I type regedit in the Search bar and regedit opens up with no UAC prompt and I enter the registry with no problems whatsoever. I even edit the registry and the settings are saved! What's up with this? Is this just happening on my computer? Can anyone else confirm or refute this anomaly?

Answer:Vista Guest Account Has Unrestricted Access to the Registry?

I just tried it myself and regedit opened right up (no prompt). However, whenever I try to change a reg. entry I get a window saying something like 'No can do', which is what I would expect. Hmm, where you changing entries in the current user Key. I was in the local machine key. Not knowlegable enough to know if that matters, but I just had that thought. Funny that I have to go through UAC to get to regedit as an admin., but not as a guest.


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I have recently set up a guest account in an attempt to use it when friends are over/want to watch a few movies. Currently I cannot see any files in explorer when logged in (to either the pre setup guest or a newly created account). I have granted access to select files on my main account, but still cannot see them when I swap logins. Can anyone shed some light on what I am doing wrong?



Answer:How can I grant my guest account access to certain files in explorer?

Hi Rcik, welcome to the Seven Forums.

What you describe is exactly why the Public folders exist. Everything saved under Public (Public Videos, Public Pictures and so on) can be accessed by all users, also the built-in Guest user account.

You can find the Public user folders in C:\Users\Public (default location).


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How can I keep my removable disk from being accessible from the "Guest" account?

Answer:How to Block access to Removable Disk From Guest Account

Something like this: original poster should always write the last response !!!Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!

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This is the problem I've been dealing with for quite a while. When I try to find a program that resets the password (I used the Password Reset Disk from another computer, didn't work.) I always get a message that I need the administrator password.

So... Help?

Answer:Forgotten Admin Password, Only Have Access To Guest Account


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I am trying to set it up so that my guest account can only access one web page. I have a website that lists all the movies I own so that people can see what I have and borrow them. The only problem is that people who come over to borrow movies also want to surf the web on my computer, and I don't want to allow them to do that. I only want them to be able to access my web site, and that's it.

I am running Windows XP, I have two computers, one has Home and the other Pro. I only need to have the guest account enabled on one computer, so if it is easier to do what I want in XP Home or Pro, I could just use one computer. I am thinking that I may just need a web filter, but I don't know of any free filters that allow you to specify specific websites that you can visit, and block the rest of the web for a specific user. It is possible that I set up a filter on the computer that has the guest account, and then if I ever use that computer, just disable the filter. Thanks.

Answer:semi disabling internet access on guest account

Have you tried to customize your IExplorer settings so that no other site would be allowed?

Never ever tried that but maybe youre llucky Try to set your IE to deny all, and register your website at your "trusted sites"

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Need to set up a Guest account for visiting friends but don't want them checking my personal stuff!

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So tomorrow we're leaving on vacation for a month and we're pretty much completly rented out our apartment on airbnb for that time. I am preparing my PC with guest/visitor account so the guests can use the PC to look something up on the internet or watch movie and play some music from my music/video folders. I always have 2 partitions on windows, C:/ (on SSD) for windows/apps/games and D:/ for data. Its the first thing I do after fresh install is move all document/picture/video/music folder location to my D:/ partition which on my 2 TB Harddisk.

So now I made this visitor account using the elevate prompt with this guide:
Guest Account - Add in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Tutorials

Yet in that visitor I still have access to all folders on D:/ partition, including documents/pictures folders. They can have access (like I said) to downloads, video and music folder. But not to my pictures and document folders. How do disable access to those folders?

Answer:Guest/visitor account, block access to folders on partition D:/

Surely your Air B&B guests have their own computer?
What version of Windows 10 do you have? Home or Pro? If you have Pro, you can use Gpedit (Group Policy Editor) to restrict the D: drive. How To Restrict Access To Drives In My Computer In Windows

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Windows Parental Controls is blocking all internet access on the Guest account on Windows Vista. I'm supposed to be able to enter an administrator password to allow access, but that has no effect. Parental Controls aren't even supposed to work on the guest account, so I can't turn them off.

Answer:Parental Controls are blocking internet access on Guest account

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I have a guest account (passworded) and an admin account.
The admin account has ms office 2003 installed but it does not launch on the guest account (says some files are missing)
Also MSI Core center does not load on the guest account, get a few app start errors, but works fine on the admin account and when i logoff the admin account and logon to the guest account msi core center starts working again.

Anyone have some insight on this?

Answer:how to give guest account access to MS office 2003 and MSI Core Center?

Basicly I don't know. I have never given out a guest account, but this may help. Have you tried it in a user account?

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I've recently been using the Guest account to keep separate the work I do on the side.

BUT---I can't use the optical drive as Guest. When I insert a CD or DVD, nothing happens, and when I try to view the disc in Computer, I get "Windows can't read the disc in drive".

All 3 other accounts, 1 is Administrator, 2 are Users, can read/write CD and DVD.

P.S. The drive shows up as a CD drive in Guest, all other accounts it shows as DVD drive.

Anyone else have this?

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Hi all,

I was looking at the event viewer and noticed that there are multiple "logoff" events - event id 4634 - associated with the guest accolunt on my computer. The guest account is disabled. There is no associated "logon" event with matching event id although there are numerous SYSTEM logon events and one rather curious "anonymous user" logon event.

I am concerned that this may suggest a trojan but have no other symptons or issues to concern me other than these entries.

Can anyone shed any light?

Answer:Vista Pro. Multiple Guest logoff events with guest account off

ANONYMOUS LOGONs are routine events on Windows networks.

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Recently while running some log checks I found the guest account had been logging on and off, even tho I have disabled the guest acount long ago.

Now MBSA has been showing that the guest acct was active but I had thought it was an error, since when I would check it would show to be off.

Finding this I decided to check deeper and found while checking services that DCOM and RPC had been reenabled and I can no longer stop or disable those services.
The functionality is greyed out.

DCOM is still being blocked luckyly since there has been over a 1000 attemps to start the srvice.
In my admin tools I no longer seem to have the tools to set user permission levels.
I run XP Home with SP1 and all the latest updates for it.
AV and AT scans daily SpywareGuard;Blaster and Spybot S&D tea timer running also Previx. Sygate Pro
I am not sure if the P2P connection attemps are related to this or not as there are no outbound attemps from me logged.

Any ideas have I been owned as a P2P server even tho I logg no outbound connections?

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

Answer:Guest account activity with guest acct off

Er..could it possible be some kind of homemade virus/trojan or similiar and you got it, or some kind of error with the pc something wrong setting.

I don't know what the problem can be but still won't hurt to ask a few questions or having a few thoughts.

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I have a 2012R2 Hyper-V Host with a 2012R2 Hyper-V guest.  The Guest has a single virtual dynamic HDD on a dedicated RAID 6 array.  We have noticed a lot of system lag on the Guest.  Resource monitor seems to point to the Hard Drive being
very busy.  Using a benchmarking tool on the Host, we see read speeds of 90-130 MB/s on same array that the guest is on.  Inside the guest, read speeds are 1-2MB/s.  I am looking for guidance in increasing the speeds on this VM Guest.  Thank
you in advance.


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Suddenly, the Windows 7 doesn't allow me to access my Admin Account and showing error msg (The User Profile Service service failed to Logon). I am left with only the Guest Account with limited access.
I tried copying the cmd.exe, using Fix It Program, login through Safe Mode but all didn't work.
Would anyone help pls?

Answer:The User Profile (Administrator Account) Service failed to logon and then left with only Guest Account in Windows 7


Occasionally, Windows might not read your user profile correctly, such as if your antivirus software is scanning your computer while you try to log on.
Please try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account again.

If the issue still persists, please restart in safe mode to log on with the built-in administrator account:
1. Restart your computer and hit F8 multiples times until you see a menu-like screen, if you see the Windows splash screen then repeat this step
2. Highlight and hit enter on Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Try logging in there.
3. If you are able to login, once a command prompt pops up, type: net user administrator password /active:yes (you can specify whatever password you want for the administrator
4. If you get a message saying "The command completed successfully", then restart your computer by typing: shutdown -r
5. Boot up again pressing F8, but this time choose just Safe Mode.
6. You will be able to login as Administrator with the password you set in Step 3.

Then try the following methods:
Method 1: Fix these user account profile on these computer

Method 2: Log on to Windows and copy your data to a new account
Method 3: Delete the error SID and create a new profile
For the detailed information, please refer to this article: Hu
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So this is probably the strangest problem I have ever encountered with Windows 7. About two or three months ago, I noticed that my user account had suddenly changed into a guest account. I get prompted for an administrator password when trying to do any tasks that require administrator privilege. It is not a huge hassle, as I know the administrator account password.

Here is where it becomes very strange. When I turn my computer on, it automatically logs me into my user account (the guest account). When I got into the user accounts section of the control panel and try to manage user accounts, it shows exactly zero user accounts on my computer. Also, when I try to change my user account (the guest account) to an administrator account, precisely nothing happens.

It gets evens stranger. When I log out of Windows, the only user account I can pick from, to log back into Windows, is the generic "Administrator" account. My user account is nowhere to be found. When I go to the control panel and try to manage accounts, only the administrator account is listed. There is an option turn on a generic guest account, but nothing related to my original user account is shown. Again, this is in contrast to when I am logged into my user account (the guest account), and see exactly zero user accounts listed on the manage accounts screen.

I feel that I am pretty good at avoiding bad websites, and I do have an antivirus program installed (not that that will prevent my ... Read more

Answer:User account changed into a guest account, how can I change it back

Hi and welcome to the Forum
When you refer to the generic Administrator Account do you mean the Account that is hidden in Windows 7? If so did you activate it using this:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable If you did the above then this is strange as forgetting the "Hidden admin account you must have at least one ordinary Admin account in Windows 7. You can't operate the system without one!!

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Hi all..

Just wondering.. is it possible for me to set my guest account similar as my primary account but with several file or folder or software in my primary account , cant be access in my guest account? means i still can instll the new software, or application, and still can save new document or file in my guest account without been deleted after every time i shutdown and restart my it possible for me to set my guest account like that? or if not possible can anybody here please give me any suggestion on how to solve this problem...?

Thank you


Answer:Set Guest Account Similar As Primary Account,(except on Several Files)

It is possible to create user groups on a workstation set-up in windows 7, although as the full set of tools available in a client - Server set-up are not available to you it is a lot more complex and time consuming.

The other issue is that a lot of the tools available in the more professional versions are not available in the Home versions

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Every time I try to log into my regular account it doesn't let me only lets me log into guest account.  Please help me.

Answer:regular account doesn't work only guest account

Hello singsingrn, and welcome to Bleeping Computer!
Please let us know the exact error message you get when trying to logon to your regular account so that we can better help you!
Also, please let us know if you have your Original Windows Vista Installation disc available in your next reply.

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My friends 8 year old son decided it would be a good idea to get on my laptop and change the e-mail that is associated with the administrator account. The password to the account was also changed and as much as I hate to finally admit it - there is no
possible way for the information to be retrieved now. It has been about 9 months now and I have been using the Guest Account, but this is getting old. How can I get back into the admin account without knowing the password, and while being on the guest account,
which doesn't allow me to do much of anything because the password is needed to make any sort of change..?

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I'm running XP Home SP2.
I have always been using a user account with administrator rights.
Having heard that it is not safe, I thought I would change my account type to power user.
1. I ran "control userpasswords2" and, just in case, tried to change the account I was logged in with; which naturally did not work.
2. Then, in the same window, I defined a password for the main (default) Administrator account, which I had never used.
3. I rebooted in Safe Mode and logged in using the default Administrator account.
4. Went to Control Panel > User accounts, and the admin account I use everyday was not there. Only admin, and guest.
5. Then I rebooted in normal mode and logged in using my usual login... which is now a guest account! Meaning I don't have write access to the C:\ root, for instance... I can't even display the calendar as I don't have the rights to change the system date & time!
How can I sort this out? I've done my Google research but did not find any relevant solution. I'd be very grateful for any advice.

Answer:Admin account changed to a guest account!

For those interested (?), the solution was given to me on another forum:
Safe Mode, log in as default admin, run the command prompt and enter the following command:
net localgroup administrators /add accountname

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I need to know how to add an E-mail account in Outlook Express when logged in as a guest. Windows says that I have to log is as an administrator! I need the account to be accessed by the guest user.

Hope someone can help.


Answer:XP Home Guest Account E-mail Account

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Hey guys. Im having a problem with my computer!somehow my administrator account has turned to a guest account. Today I tried to unistall a program and it didnt let me saying i needed to be admin. . Also I tried turning it to admin by using cmd command but it says access not allowed.

Answer:My Administrator account turned to Guest account

Ok I have these

Administrator - Built-in account for administering the computer/domain

Guest - Built-in account for guest access to the computer/domain

Homegroupuser$ - Built-in account for homegroup access to the computer


VSA Server Account - Account for the Visual Studio Analyzer server components

I cant even unistall or delete simple things like shortcuts

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My kid uses Guest Account in Windows 8.1. The Family Safety seems unable to apply to the Guest Account, right? So I have to create another account with the Family Safety applied. But, my kid does not want to lose all game data in the Guest Account. How to move all the data from the Guest Account to another account so that my kid can play the game from the new account without losing anything? Thank you for your answer.

Answer:How to move data from Guest Account to another Account?

I have moved data from one account to another several times. Most of the time, it goes really well! However, finding, identifying [safe to move], copying and/or moving folders' files from guest to a standard account is very geeky! If you are not properly geeky, it can go really not well at all. I recommend copying the files from folders, I do not recommend trying to move folders. How geeky, how skilled, do you regard yourself concerning Explorer [which was once called File Manager back when Fred Flintstone used windows]?

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I have an account problem with Windows XP on my PC. The Windows Welcome page shows both my user account (password protected) and the guest account. When I attempt to login using my user account the PC opens the guest account. The settings for this are as if the PC has just come from the factory and has none of my files in My Docs or Desktop. When I open user accounts in Control Panel it only shows guest account as running. I have tried to do a System Restore but after a selecting a restore point the screen sticks on "gathering information" and won't go any further.
Help please, I have a lot of important inforamtion stored in various memories and also important emails in Outlook Express which I can't access


Answer:User account opens as guest account

Your user profile has become corrupted. If you have Windows XP Pro (not home) at the login screen, pres CTRL+AL+DEL 3 times fast. This will give you the classic login screen. Here log in as Administrator, leave the Password blank unless you set a password for the admin account. Here go to Start/Run and type control userpasswords and press enter. Create a new user account with admin rights. Log out of the Administrator account and login as the new user. Browse to C:/Documents and Settings open up your old user profile folder and Copy the My Documents, Favorites, Desktop and Start Menu folders and Paste them into your new profile folder overwriting the empty ones.

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Hello all, My gf decided she wanted her admin account name changed on her Windows 8 machine from her first and last name. I edited her account name so that only her first name showed up. I used Netplwiz and everything seemed to go well. Upon rebooting the machine, somehow her guest account (which was turned off and not showing) was the only account accessible. Before this she only had her admin account which was just her first/last name and this was only the account accessible upon booting the machine. Now she cannot access her usual account. In the guest account, I was able to browse to the Users folder in Windows Explorer and see that her usual account titled her first name is still there. When trying to double click the folder, I am prompted for a password, but there is no box to type the password. When looking at the properties of her C drive about 150 GBs are showing as used so I am guessing all her data is still there. Can someone please help a guy out? V Day is this weekend and I would really like to survive it as she is already made at me for basically locking her out of her computer. Thank you in advance!

Answer:Only the guest account available. No admin account showing

You'll have to activate the built-in administrator account, and use that account to reverse-engineer the accidental lockout. Regular eightforum techs will appear shortly and give you the needed info.

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please help me!!

I bought a shiny new laptop yesterday with windows 8 pre-installed. After setting a few things up, i restarted the computer for the first time. At this time the computer downloaded many updates. On start up since my user account has been downgraded to a guest account. This is the only account on the computer, as such i do not have administrator rights and i am unable to log in as an administrator.

having read other peoples posts i believe i may have to restore the computer back to factory settings but i am cannot figure out how to do this without being the administrator.

Please help me!

Answer:help - windows 8 account downgraded to guest account

Go to menu boot: winkey + C > Settings > Power > Shift + Restart > Troubleshoot > Restore
maybe it could help.

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My friend and I share my laptop. Recently I found out that he was watching porn on my computer. So I promptly confronted him, and told him to stop. Weeks later, he did it again. So I downloaded Norton's Safety Minder to prevent it. So this sneaky prick goes around and enables the guest account, and lo and behold, porn fest again.

What can I do? I don't want to keep him off the admin account, because he plays games on here, but I don't want him watching porn on my laptop either. Is there a way to put parental settings on the guest account? I know you can disable it, tried that, he just re-enables it, then disables it before he gets off. I'm really frustrated about this.

Answer:Need To Disable Guest Account On Admin Account

You could provide more info about your machine, of course.

For starters, password protect the BIOS and give the child a user account.

There's no need for him to use an admintrator account.

Occasionally check to make sure your BIOS is still secure. Other than that, take the machine away and lock it up.

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I still have a Hotmail account I want to secure better. Right now all I have to do is enter my email address and then approve the login with the authenticator on my phone.
Well jeez.. talking about making it easy to break into my account! If someone knows the code of my phone, all they need to do is look at my iPhone info and they can see my email address. Then, simply enter the email address and approve it and BAM they're in!
At least Gmail asks for a password AND the authenticator code when logging onto an 'unknown' device. Or does it work the same way for Hotmail/Live/Outlook?
I prefer to always log in with my password initially. If I didn't have a password on my PC, they'd very easily be able to log into my Hotmail account, since 'stealing' a phone login code is very, very easy. People will just stand behind you, watch you tap your login and BAM it's game over. Sure, they'd still need to get a hold of my phone, but man, I just hate it that Hotmail switched it around.
You should always have to enter your password first, and an extra code from your phone as an extra.
I'm asking this specifically, because my Gmail has a Hotmail account as backup email address.

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​Until recently, I was using an Admin privileged user account on my Windows 10 PC for all use. I now use a non-admin account for all use and have 2 Admin privileged accounts in back. One Admin account I use to authorize anything requiring admin privileges and the other I don't touch I just have as a back up restore point.
My question is if I should disable internet on the Admin account that acts simply as my restore point? Is there a security benefit to doing this or could it be a security risk due to not getting auto updates?

Answer:Securing my Admin user account

The extra admin account is unnecessary since it does not serve the purpose for which you intended, i.e. as a restore point.  One admin account and one standard account should be sufficient.
Also, the "internet" or a network connection does not work in the way you describe.  Disabling the wireless connection on one account disables it for all accounts on that machine.  You cannot selectively turn on the wireless for one account and not for others.  The same goes if you are using a wired connection.
I am assuming that you mean Windows updates, which are updates to the operating system.  Once the operating system is receiving updates, those updates apply to all users on the same machine.  The operating system is central to all users.  Although individual users may apply their own settings (e.g. wallpaper) or install applications for their sole use, those things do not affect the operating system as a whole.

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So this is what happened, I have a personal reason why I need to recreate a account. I accidentally open up a guest account and made that guest account as a Admin. Then I deleted the main account which is a User and Admin. Now I only have a Admin-Guest account. I need to use programs such as Photoshop but under Admin-guest I couldn't use them.

I tried making a new Account, I typed 'Aaron' for the Username, but they said you can't use '[email protected](%)' for your username. I tried other username such as testing, abcd and such. All without symbol. They still give me the same problem.

I tried using netplwiz and make a account at the end, it says, access denied.

Please help please. I can't have a reformat for this computer coz of personal reason too. Sorry it caused inconveniences. Please please pleas help!!!

Answer:A admin account under a Guest account.

Hi StolenChips,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

First, try to access the built-in Administrator Account to see if you can create another Administrator Account or fix the one you already have: Administrator Account. If you can access and work with this account, but can't fix the current account, create another Administrator Account (and while you're at it, create yet another as a backup in case this or something like it happens again - if it's working, you're somewhat lucky - the next time may not be the same and the following procedure may be the only option) and treat the situation like a corrupt user account to transfer your data and profile information. To do this use

I know you don't want this, but it's probably your only remaining choice (and you don't need a personal reason not to want to do it - NOBODY ever wants to do it). If that doesn't work, the best bet (I would even say the only choice) is to try to save your data and then do a clean install or a restore to factory conditions to re-create a valid Administrator account. To save your data, try Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek.
This should give you enough access to the system to backup your important data (if you can't get in any other way - if you can, use normal procedures to backup or copy/paste the data). If that doesn’t work, try slaving the drive to another computer and recoverin... Read more

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I would like to allow the "Guest" User to use my Dial up connection (MSN). When I log in as the Guest, I can't even access the modem, much less the service.

In addition, I cen't get the Explorer Icon to move to the "Internet" porition of the start menu when I'm logged in as the guest. This is just a side question, though, since I would really like to secure my files while allowing roomates and others to use my Internet connection.

Windows XP Professional, If that is important.

Thanks in advance, this is a GREAT site for help!


Answer:How do I use the Guest Account to use my Dial-up Account?

By default the Guest user account has very little rights assigned for security reasons. You can change which rights are assigned to it, but I would wonder why you want the guest account to access the modem. Hackers would have a field-day on your PC.

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my guest account has been switch to administrator account.i've tried to switch it back and nothing happens.can someone tell me what to do.i've tried to switch myself back to administrator account but it keeps saying access denied,i did the command prompt it still access denied can someone help

Answer:guest account is now administrator account

Do a virus scan if nothing comes up format the drive and reinstall windows.

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I've been plagued Trojans and re-directs lately with a W7 Standard Account which I thought and taught was the right choice for safer web browsing. Not as many system ports open to attack.

So, if MS recommends the Standard Account over Administrator for safety reasons, is using the Guest Account for web browsing safer yet?

I dunno' ...

I use IE10 and I am a Fully Updated Safe Surfer. No other Browsers or Bars installed.

Answer:Is W7 Guest Account the Safest Account to Use On the Web?

It is possible that you computer is infected in such a way the most antivirus tools cannot find the infection. These types of infections try to download/install other infections (which might be caught by your antivirus program). There is a place in your system spec for the antivirus tool, please update that field when you get a chance.

If you have java installed, uninstall it or at least disable it. Let us know if you need help doing that.

You might want to try a scan using this tool:
What is Windows Defender Offline?

But to answer your question, you do not want to use the guest account for day to day use.

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I have the same problem! can't delete accounts, rename accounts, change picture or type of account. I have one non-admin account and one administrator account (my guest account.) I can't change back or add/delete accounts, cannot switch guest account off, please help!! what should I do?! I have tried running "control userpasswords2" in start menu, but that does not work either. please help me...

Answer:guest account is now administrator account

This super adminstrator may be able to help.
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums
For Vista or Seven

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I created a guest account to allow a friend to use my PC, however the keyboard layout is English US but it's English UK on my account so how do I change it on the guest account. I've logged in on the guest account but I don't have permission to change anything.Also how can I make sure that the security measures I have running on my own account are running on the guest account eg real time virus scanner, etcmany thanks

Answer:Guest account in Win XP

Hi, according to this you can get Administrator access by going into Safe here

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Question: Guest Account

I have 2 Promise NAS boxes, both NS4300N. The both lack a guest account. I cannot create an account without a password and as far as I know, a guest account is the user called guest without a password. Reason I want to do this is that I have my eyes on this media player which has a LAN connection and it will let me browse to my NAS, that is if my NAS had a guest account and the devices I found on the market that connect to any network all use the guest account to connect.

Does anyone know how to add a guest account on my NS4300n NAS ??


Answer:Guest Account

Have you considered Promise tech support?

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Question: Guest Account


The Help and Support of Windows XP Pro (SP1) says that the Guest account can be used to allow people to log in and check their email etc.... but when I log in as Guest all the Dial-up Accounts are rendered unaccessible. I would prefer not to create a User account so can anyone tell me if the Guest account can actually be used as its supposed to be (ie: in the way Help says it can be used?)

Using Win Xp Pro (SP1)

Answer:Guest Account

You have to grant Guest permissions to do things. By default that accound can't do much anything.

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Lenovo G550
Windows 7 Professional
3 GB Ram

I enabled the "Guest" user for my son to use when he visits, but when he tries to log on as "Guest" the message: "The User Profile Service service failed the login" appears.

I disabled Guest and re-enabled, but still the same message.

I created a user name just for him as a standard user, but when he logs on as "Joe", the same thing happens. I created 4-5 other accounts, some standard users, some administrators, but can't log on to any of them.

I have no trouble logging on as myself (administrator).

After searching the forums I find similar issues in Vista, but not for Windows 7, and the registry entries seem to be different in Vista and I don't want to try the fixes in Windows 7.

When I go to C:\Users\ the other accounts I set up, are not listed, just mine.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Can't log onto guest account

See this tutorial on how to fix this problem. It'll work with win7 also.

The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded. - Vista Forums

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my friends computer only has the option when u turn on the comp to choose the guest account, he obviously need a real account, how can i change this so he can see the other accounts


Answer:xp pro guest account

That's really weird.

Anyways, a cool little trick if you're using the XP user select screen.

Hold down Control + Alt, then press the Delete key twice. It brings you to the Win 2K style login screen. Type in Administrator, and the Admin password. I'm assuming he never gave Admin a password, so it should be blank.

Now login and make an account.

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I have successfully activated the hidden guest account by using the net user /guest:active command from an elevated command prompt. However, the account does not appear at the bottom left of my login screen along with the other accounts on my system, so I am unable to use the guest account. Does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:How to log in to the guest account?

The built-in Guest account is deprecated in Windows 10. You can create a new Guest account easily and quite fast by yourself, instructions in the video in this post: Windows 10 instructional videos by Ten Forums members - Page 96 - Windows 10 Forums


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Heres the quick and dirty.Win XP, Media Edition (Home), SP3A couple weeks ago my daughter enabled the guest account. Every time I try to disable it it comes back.When I logoff or shutdown, I see a message stating "Logoff Script Running." Since I am on Home Edition, I do not have the Group Policy Editor to manages such scripts. If I pull the power after disabling the account, it looks like a login script is running to re-enable it.The scary part is that the account comes back as a member of Administrators and Remote Desktop Users, even though I remove the groups each time. MBAM Finds nothing. Hijack this shows nothing fishy. CombFix deleted a script file, but that does not seem to be it. I would appreciate any advice.Doug.ComboFix Log:ComboFix 11-05-24.01 - xxxxxxxxxxxx 05/24/2011 18:09:01.11.2 - x86Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.608 [GMT -6:00]Running from: c:\documents and settings\[User]\Desktop\ComboFix.exeAV: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition *Disabled/Updated* {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C} * Created a new restore point..((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))..c:\windows\system32\GroupPolicy\User\Scripts\scripts.ini..((((((((((((((((((((((((( Files Created from 2011-04-25 to 2011-05-25 )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))..2011-05-18 12:22 . 2011-05-18 12:22 -------- d--h--w- c:\windows&... Read more

Answer:Guest Account will not go away

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Do's useing win 7 in guest account stop virus's and addware from loading

Answer:Guest account win 7

Your computer is protected by the Security Software you have installed on it which includes ALL Accounts.

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Question: Guest account

Ok I'm a bit long in the tooth and trying to get used to windows 8! The trouble I'm having is that every time I boot up the window opens at the guest account. I have no idea what this is and I dont want it.Strange thing is when I look at the accounts it (guest) is switched off.
Anyway I have looked at solutions and none of them work for me.
This is what I have done.
Clicked 'settings'
clicked' control panel'
clicked 'user account and family safety'
clicked 'add or remove user accounts'
clicked on the one I want to delete (guest)
Thats where it all ends. There is no link to 'delete account for that user'
So, is it possible to delete a guest link? If not is there a way to stop this laptop from opening at the guest sign-in?
I have only had windows 8 for two weeks so nice and slowly please.

Answer:Guest account

I have no idea if this makes any difference or not but I should have said that on boot-up it is 'other user' I am faced with. It is when I do the above that I find the 'guest' user icon and my (administrator) icons.

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Question: guest account

Hi, i have windows xp home, a while back i turned on the "guest" account, i don't need it on anymore, when going to control panel / user accounts, it is not showing, the guest account disappeared. how can i turn it off then? thanks.

Answer:guest account

Hi Junrbio,

When logged in an account that has Administrator rights, please go to Start -> Run -> Type 'cmd' without the quotation marks and press enter.
Now a black screen with white writing should come up. Once this is up type in ... "net user guest /active:no" (NO QUOTATION MARKS).

If this doesn't work, get back to me


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When I log onto the guest account on my laptop, a window pops up and it says "guest/account/desktop inaccessible." The desktop is blank (all black) and there are no icons. You basically can't do anything on my guest account (like go on the internet, microsoft word, etc.) My main administrator account seems fine to me. I think. I don't know what's wrong!

Please help!

Answer:Cannot log onto guest account

See here: Guest Account - Turn On or Off

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Question: the guest account

i have about 6 accounts or profiles on the computer but when i go to the guest account the modem isnt there

i wonder why

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I have successfully activated the hidden guest account by using the net user /guest:active command from an elevated command prompt. However, the account does not appear at the bottom left of my login screen along with the other accounts on my system, so I am unable to use the guest account. Does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:How to log in to the guest account?

The built-in Guest account is deprecated in Windows 10. You can create a new Guest account easily and quite fast by yourself, instructions in the video in this post: Windows 10 instructional videos by Ten Forums members - Page 96 - Windows 10 Forums


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Question: guest account

A friends computer has his account and a guest account (login) on his computer.How can I create a guest account?

Answer:guest account

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Question: Guest Account

My guest account does not bring up a link to my internet provider. On all other accounts there is a 'Connect to' , can anyone help please? Windows XP Professional

Answer:Guest Account

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Question: Add Guest Account

How to add guest account that don't need password at startup, can somebody tell me??

Answer:Add Guest Account

Hmm, I guess you failed to check the Search function!

Teaser: the guest account has disappeared from W10. Maybe it'll return one day, but who knows?
My second best solution:
Create a Local user account, not associated with a MS-accountThe user name Guest is reserved, so you'll need to pick an alternative name like Visitor or something elseSetup this Visitor account as a 'normal' user with no administrative priviligesSetup the Windows environment for this account: pinned apps on the task bar, printer settings, network access, etc.Use Autoruns to disable OneDrive for this account, so that different users may never get in a position to view or mess with one another's files.

I guess that's it.

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Question: guest account

Win 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, router.
I switched to my guest account and cannot access the internet with MSIE 8.
Advice, please.

Answer:guest account

Hey peterr,

It looks like the guest mode account is pretty locked down. I'm not sure but if the drive is locked I don't think Windows allows IE to download and write temp files to the disk.


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Question: Guest account


I have got my own user account (obviously). I have family coming over soon and don't want them to use my account (also obviously). I want to grant them access to only certain programs (i.e. Google Chrome - without them seeing my bookmarks, or Photoshop - without them seeing my recent files list etc. You'll get my point).

Therefore I enabled Guest Account. Problem is: there are no icons or charms for the programs i want to grant access to and I don't know how to add those icons or charms to the start screen.

When googling Guest Account, all the websites explain how to enable the guest account. I know how to enable or disable it. But what is the point on enabling a guest account that has no programs?

I tried using Parental controls, to individually tick the programs for them to use, but apparently Win8 doesn't allow Parental Controls to be used with Guest Account.

Bit confused... thought Guest Accounts were supposed to make life simple... So how do I add programs? Do I really have to re-install the programs completely in the Guest account with my admin password? So I'll have the program installed twice, once for my own account and once for the guest account? Or make a shortcut to the program in the C:\program files folder?

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Guest account

By default from Windows XP and newer the Guest Account and whom uses it will not have access to your personal files if they are under your user account. Which Version of Windows 7 do you have Home, Pro, Ultimate?

Also your profiles says you have Windows 7. This is a Windows 8 forum. Which one do you have installed?

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Is Windows Vista a good operating system for Guest accounts?

I need ether Vista or XP to give me ability to change Guest account settings.

The issue is: My cousin comes over to spend the night just to use one of my computers and he downloads BS that just slows the computer down. I'v already reformatted the hard drive with zero's and put windows XP on it but i dont think XP is good for Guest account and i cant find a manager section from XP so i can limit what he can change/do on the computer. Basically i just want to install the games hes going to play and lock it down so he can only browser the web and play his games i dont even want him to be able to download files (if possible).

please help!

Answer:Guest Account Help!

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Question: Guest Account

Hay the guest account dosent reset on logout how can I make it delete all the files when they log out and reset it back to normal

Answer:Guest Account

I think you have to manually disable it.

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Question: Guest account

With the guest account on windows seven, once you enter your password to access something on a main account is there a way to make the guest account forget it?

I was adding my music library to WMP and I had to enter my password but then I could browse all my other files and folders, which I don't want it to be able to do.

Answer:Guest account


I believe that if you log off, it will then forget the password that you used to access the main account.
the rules say that you only have to enter the main acct password once and during that session, it should stay ok.

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Question: XP Guest Account

I have set up the guest account on XP Home edition. All is fine except I cannot log onto the internet. I can see the internet connections (Start>Connections) but nothing happens when I double click on them nor can I setup a new internet connetion in IE (need to be an administrator).How do I enable a internet connection?Thanks

Answer:XP Guest Account

click hereChris

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Question: Guest account

I want to use guest account and have Internet access like on other limited accounts, when I log onto the guest account, it does not let me play any songs in Windows media player or gain Internet access and how do I change settings for my internet connections, as a message appears when I try changing saying that I do not have enough administrator privilages, thanks for any help given.

Answer:Guest account

Are you using Windows XP "Home"? If so you don't stand a chance, the guest account has restrictions when it comes to internet access, it's prohibited from activating a dial up connection. You will have to open up a limited use account and let the guest use that. Chris

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Now every time i try to start-up media center i keep getting an error message which keeps saying i am signed in with a guest account, please log in with a user account. Now of course i am set up as an administrator, still no help, so i try with the administrotor account - guess what, still says i am a guest.

Can anyone help me with this, as i would really like to use it seen as i have Vista x64 Ultimate.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Guest account???????

Don't matter anymore, formatted the hard drive and started again.

Guess it must have been a conflict or something.

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Ok so I was cheering about getting my XP desktop to network with my 98SE notebook...feeling all good ..Right...

In order for it to work I needed to enable my guest things are good for a couple of day then yesterday after playing around (games email and studying) my Nortons 2002 comes up with a nimda hit...all over my C (fat32 data running ME), I am logged on to XP as my user....the problem is the Guest account is the one showing up as infected user all over my C:... My D: drive is fine (main drive NTFS running XP pro) after it telling me that about 50 files on c are infected I download Nimda removal from sysmantec and run it...NO virus found...the file that were infected are not there (did a search for the files refrence in Nortons log) I belive I am clean...but here is the main do you disable the guest account like ALL the security pros say...and have the computer see each other and not prompt you for a password when you try to browse from desktop to laptop.... - sorry if I confuse any one

Answer:What to do with the guest account

Rename the account to something else.

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I have my computer set with my own account and then the guest account for everyone else to use. It worked fine for a while, but now for some reason the Guest account won't connect to the internet...I have a cable connection and on my account it works just fine. Any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks.

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My laptop 'guest' account has been used regularly by a member of the family. We would like to allocate an account to this person by name and import all the guest settings to the new account.This will then free up the guest account which can be returned to the very basic access it is designed to give. Does anyone know of an easy way to allocate the current guest settings to the new named account without having to set them all up again? Thanks in anticipation, Rob

Answer:XP Pro Guest account

I would expect that by renaming the 'Guest' account to a user name, then giving whatever user rights you need, then creating a new @guest' axccount, it should be what you are after.I recently played around with users on my XP Pro machine when I was setting up a network to give different users individual access to different parts the second PC and eventually got the names and accounts sorted. I think I did something like what I've just suggested.

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My girlfriend's cousin is in need of a secure network that will do the following:

- Allow her to connect from her home office to an office in another state, over the Internet.
- Allow her to transfer files securely (financial information).

Her end is broadband; the out-of-state office is dial-up, and I'm unsure if there is the capability for broadband. Satellite might be an option, but I don't know of providers (can anyone suggest any in the Corbin, Kentucky, area, of any broadband type?).

What I need to know is the best way to do this. I was thinking a VPN router, say one of the nice ones from Linksys/Cisco, but the dial-up bit puts a wrench into things.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Answer:Securing access with a VPN: How to?

We use a Pix 515E with the Cisco VPN client for remote access at work. Works fine over dialup albeit a touch slow. It looks like your GF needs to go from broadband to dialup though which would require someone on the far end to establish the VPN connection. Might want to look into setting up a modem on the far end and use RAS to connect to the network/remote computer to xfr files. That would alleviate far end interaction, but there would be long distance charges to deal with....

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My folders and files in C:/users/myname/ can be viewed and accessed from the Guest user account. How do I stop this?

Answer:Files in my user account can be accessed from guest user account in VISTA

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This never happened until recently, but whenever someone tries to sign into the guest account on my computer, it freezes before its even finished loading the desktop. I get a prompt to enable/disable using a TV as a monitor, but my video card doesn't support that feature and I couldn't even enable it if I wanted to. A few seconds after trying to sign in, everything completely freezes and I can't get anything to work except bring up the Task Manager, and if I use that to log off I'm okay.

If I need to use system restore, is this going to delete everything I've downloaded, etc. since that point or just restore important system files? I've never used it before so I'm not sure.

Answer:Guest account freezes on log-on

Have you tried to repair the guest account?

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What are the limitations of this account? Can users download programs and install them and such? What about creating files?

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I have 5 PC's set up, all identical HP builds. All are running Win 7 Home Premium. On one of them, I cannot print from the guest account. I can print just fine from the Admin account.

The printer is an HP 1505N networked printer.

I have checked the Security tab & permissions -- Everyone is set to PRINT. The printer shows up in the list, but you cannot print to it (the print button is greyed out).

I tried removing and reinstalling.

If I go to troubleshoot the printer, I get "An error occured while troubleshooting."

The only AV/Firewall program running Is Microsoft Security Essentials.

Again, this is only one 1 of the 5 PC's. Please help!


Answer:Cannot print from Guest Account

Install the printer again on the admin account (then set to "default"). Usually problems are due to driver installations on standard user accounts.

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I am in dire need of accessing my administrative account. I am an online student and my works are here. I cannot access this account with password or simple pass. Please help!!!

Answer:Locked In Guest account

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