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    Arrivederci! Guest Accounts

    Just in case you haven't noticed the Guest Account is history in Win 10!

    I found it interesting that you can still use the Net User Guest /Active:yes command in an elevated command prompt and it executes successfully!

    If you try to verify it you get this:
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    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.14393]
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    C:\WINDOWS\system32>net user guest
    User name                    Guest
    Full Name
    Comment                      Built-in account for guest access to the computer/domain
    User's comment
    Country/region code          000 (System Default)
    Account active               Yes
    Account expires              Never
    
    Password last set            8/10/2016 2:43:39 PM
    Password expires             Never
    Password changeable          8/10/2016 2:43:39 PM
    Password required            No
    User may change password     No
    
    Workstations allowed         All
    Logon script
    User profile
    Home directory
    Last logon                   7/15/2015 9:07:23 PM
    
    Logon hours allowed          All
    
    Local Group Memberships      *Guests
    Global Group memberships     *None
    The command completed successfully.
    Well it sure looks like you have a Guest account doesn't it. However, go look for it in User Accounts and it is nowhere to be found! Look for it on the logon screen and it is also nowhere to be found!

    Gotta love MS to lazy to remove stuff that no longer works.

    You can, however, still create a Guest type account (you do have to use another name though) by doing the following:
    1. Open a Elevated Command prompt.
    2. Type: Net user Visitor /active:yes {Enter} – To Activate
    3. Type: Net user Visitor * {Enter}[optional password here]{Enter} – To create a BLANK password.
    4. Type: Net localgroup users Visitor /delete {Enter} – Removes from regular User group.
    5. Type: Net localgroup guests Visitor /add {Enter} – To add Visitor to the Guest group.


    The instructions above were distilled from this Life Hacker article.

    HTH
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG

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    Are you sure it is not just hidden from the logon screen? See How to hide specific user accounts from the sign-in screen on Windows 10 for details.
    Joe

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    I think Guest has been missing in action for more than a year:

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Woody says the Guest account hasn't worked since the beginning of this month:

    Windows 10 build 10159 loses the Guest account

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    I have Guest listed under both Users and Groups under Computer Management > Local Users and Groups. I was able to create a new user account and assign it to the Guest group. The new account did show up on the login screen. Computer Management may not be available to Home users.

    As Joe suggested, the built in guest user might be just hidden from the logon screen.

    Jerry
    Last edited by jwitalka; 2016-08-11 at 14:44.

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    Computer Management is present in the home edition but it lacks the local users and groups section.

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    Last edited by Browni; 2016-08-11 at 17:37.

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    This method no longer works well in the AU build release 1607 build 14393 +. It generates a "We can't sign into your account" error message:

    wecantsignin.jpg

    Clicking Dismiss seems to work OK and retains guest restrictions. It's pretty clear that as far as MS is concerned guest privs are on their way out. Annoying for those of us who need to support guest access.

    Note that in RG's list of things to do, item 2 should be:

    Net user Visitor /add /active:yes {Enter} To Add & Activate

    And to set up the account (like use Settings to set defaults, etc.) it needs to be a regular users account. Then you can change to the guests group.

    (Tested in Win 10 Home Build 14393.0 after direct upgrade from 10586.545. Similar results in Pro 14393.10 and later IP builds. I thought it was my post install setup of registry, etc. that was causing this but with a clean 10586 to 14393, I expect this is the way it is.)

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    Error "We can't sign into your account" fixed!

    The error message "We can't sign into your account" has been fixed for accounts in the guests group effective with AU build 1607-14393.321 and IP build 14946.1000. Using the notes above to create an account and add it to the guests group was successful!

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