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    Vista Home Premium on OEM Gateway laptop.

    Guest account is in essentially unusable/inoperable mode. Here's the sad tale: guest account had never been enabled...decided to-- so son could do IE stuff (check his mail, etc) as Guest when home.

    Enabled it. Switch user. Select Guest. It spends a LONG time "Setting up your desktop" or similar words. During that process, it throws up numerous error messages about being unable to run/open/don't-remember-exact-words a LOT of EXE files! And lnk files. The words gave me the impression that it didn't know the correct association.

    BTW, restore using ANY prior restore point produces can't-due-to-transient-error.

    Now, any login to guest eventually reaches a desktop, but the mouse icon is toggling constantly between arrow and hourglass-about 2x per sec. No .lnk will open. .lnk is not associated with anything (does not even appear in the extension list). IE will not run (no response at all). Processor usage on both cores stays at around 70% (normal idle is 2-6%,

    Huh? Vista doesn't know what to use to run an exe or lnk?

    Is there any way to make Vista re-create a "clean" guest account?

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    Quote Originally Posted by movrshakr View Post
    Huh? Vista doesn't know what to use to run an exe or lnk?

    Is there any way to make Vista re-create a "clean" guest account?
    The Guest account should remain disabled. Even when it is enabled it is very limited as you've found out.

    You should create anothe user account for your son. You can make this account a "normal" user and not an admin if you need to.

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    The Guest account is not intended to be used for a user login, it is only there to support network access (for example connecting to shared folders and printers).

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