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How To Create Guest Account on Windows 11 (All Ways)

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:

Step 1: Open the Windows RUN by pressing the “Windows key + R” key combination on your keyboard and type: netplwiz.

type command netplwiz and press the enter key
Command: netplwiz

Step 2: Click the “Add” button.

click the add button in user accounts in windows
“Add” Button

Step 3: Select the “Sign in without Microsoft account (not recommended)” option.

sign in without Microsoft account option in user accounts settings in windows
without Microsoft Account

Step 4: Click the “Local account” button.

click the local account button
“Local Account” Button

Step 5: Add username, password, password hint, and click the “Next” button.

add username, password and password hint and click the next button
Add Required Credentials

Step 6: Double-click the newly created account.

double click the newly created guest account in user accounts
User Accounts Properties

Step 7: In the Group Membership tab, check the “Others” option and select the “Guests” option from the dropdown menu.

select guests from dropdown menu in group membership tab
Group Membership = Guests

Step 1: In the Start menu, type “Computer Management” and hit the enter key,

computer management app icon
Computer Management App Icon

Step 2: Expand the “Local Users and Groups” section on the left sidebar and click the “Users” option.

expand local users and groups option and select users option
Local Users and Groups

Step 3: Right-click the empty area on the right pane and click the “New User” option.

right click and add new user in computer management
Add a new user

Step 4: Add the username and password for the new user.

add username and password for new user account in computer management
Add Username and Password

Step 5: Once the new user is created, double-click to open the “Properties” panel. Select the “Member of” tab from the top bar.

Step 6: Single-click the “Users” option and click the remove button.

remove the user as member in member properties in computer management
Remove the “Users” member

Step 7: Click the “Add” button and type “Guest” (without quotation marks) in the input area and click the “OK” button.

type guests as object name in input area and click ok button
Object Name = Guests

Step 1: Run the Command Prompt as an administrator from the Start menu.

command prompt icon in windows 11
Command Prompt (CMD) Icon

Step 2: To create a new account, type the command:
net user Account-Name /add /active:yes.

In this step, we cannot use “Guest” as the account name because it’s already reserved on Windows 11.

command to add new account in windows using command prompt
Command to add a new account

Step 3: To add a password for the newly created user, type the following command:
net user Account-Name *

command to add user account password using cmd
Command to add user account password

Step 4: To add the recently created account to the guest user group, type the following command:
net localgroup guests Account-Name /add.

command to turn local account to guest account
Command to turn the new account to guest account

Note: To remove the recently created account from the default user group, type the following command:
net localgroup users Account-Name /delete.

command to delete guest account in windows using cmd
Command to Delete Guest Account

Step 1: Open the PowerShell as an administrator from the Start menu.

powershell app icon in windows 11
PowerShell App Icon

Step 2: To create a new guest account, type the command:
New-LocalUser -Name “Account-Name” -Description “Account’s-description-here” -NoPassword.

command to add guest account using PowerShell
Command to Add Guest Account

Step 1: Open the Computer Management from the Start menu.

Step 2: Expand the “Local Users and Groups” section on the left sidebar and click the “Users” option.

Step 3: Look for the newly created user, if the account was correctly added, it will appear in the list.

Next Steps

We’ve covered how to create a guest account in Windows 11. You can choose any of the methods that you find convenient to follow.

You can enable and utilize the guest account when you want to access the computer and test some configurations, but without affecting and reflecting the settings on your actual account.

Further, configure the computer’s settings to customize it depending on your preferences.

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