Creating Guest Accounts For Visiting Relatives

What do you do when some of your relatives or friends want to use your computer while visiting. If you want to give them access but don’t want them viewing your personal files, then you’ll need to set up a guest account. This will give them access to your programs, but not your personal files. Here’s how…

Windows XP

  1. Open User Accounts in Control Panel.
  2. Click Guest.
  3. Click Turn On the Guest Account.

Windows Vista

  1. Click on the Start button, Open Local Users and Groups, then type lusrmgr.msc in the search box, and press ENTER. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. Click Users, and then double-click Guest.
  3. Select or clear the Account is disabled check box

Windows 7

  1. Go to the Control Panel and open up User Accounts and Family Safety.
  2. Click User Accounts, choose Manage another account, then either create a new account, or select an existing one.
  3. Hit Set up Guest Mode and select Turn on Guest Mode

Guest Mode also further protects your computer by preventing someone from installing software, making system changes, and deleting data. And if problems do arise, you can revert your system back to how it was before your guest got their hands on it (if System Restore is enabled)