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How to Create a Local Windows 10 Account or Guest Account

Steve K.

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With Windows 10, Creating an account is fairly simple. All the defaults aim to have you create a standard account using a Microsoft email address (hotmail.com, outlook.com etc..) or a Family account. Although it's not the most intuitive, you can also create a local account if you know where to look. Personally, I like to use local accounts for Guest's who visit my home. Here's how to do it.

1 - Click Setting > Accounts > Family & Other Users > Add Someone Else to this PC

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2 - Click I don't have this person's sign-in information

3 - Click Add a user without a Microsoft account

Note: Microsoft hides this option... See shot below.

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4 - Enter Username and Password (PW is optional)

Done

Advanced:

If you want to take an extra step and make the account a true Guest Account, Remove the account from the Users Group and Add it to the Guest Group. 

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I don't know about the rest of you but I find that a bit "demeaning" to make visitors use "Guest Account", though I am glad to see how to do that, but doesn't "Standard Account"

really safeguard you enough anyway Steve?

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8 hours ago, Rich-M said:

I don't know about the rest of you but I find that a bit "demeaning" to make visitors use "Guest Account", though I am glad to see how to do that, but doesn't "Standard Account"

really safeguard you enough anyway Steve?

 
 

Well, the "User Right Assignments" specified for the Guest account under Windows 10 do make the Guest account a bit more restricted than the "Standard" account. For example, the Guest account is denied by default Accessing other Windows Computers from the Network. That said, it's really not much of a difference, to be honest. Standard accounts won't be able to access any files under other profiles or gain access to other sensitive system areas. Just don't make it a Admin. ;)

My recommendation is to just create a Standard account called Visitor, throw on a PW if you want (perhaps one that matches your Guest WIFI SSID) and let it roll. Really, this is the best option for now being that even in the latest builds, the GUEST account is broken with the dreaded "Shell Infrastructure has stopped working" bug.

 

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Hi @Steve K. - I'm trying to enable my Guest account on my Windows 10 box and although I've enabled it in User Manager, I still can't login with it..... Lame... What's wrong? Worked just fine on older OS's.

Thnx for the article BTW - you answered a few questions I had.

VV

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@Vadim Windows 10 by default denies local login for the GUEST account. You need to go into your GPEDIT and edit the local Group Policy on the box and allow the Guest account to login locally. 

That said, there is still what appears to be a BUG where the Windows Explorer will crash when the Gues account tries to login. I mentioned that above.

On 8/7/2016 at 11:07 PM, Steve K. said:

the GUEST account is broken with the dreaded "Shell Infrastructure has stopped working" bug.

Microsoft will likely fix this issue soon. So for now, just create a new user, Call it Visitor, Drop it into the GUEST group, and you should be golden.

-S

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Guest Leroy Brindisi

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This process has changed significantly since official release. I suggest you update this article, because Microsoft has since made it so users are pushed to use Microsoft accounts more heavily and figuring out how to add a local account has become more difficult.

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On 8/29/2016 at 5:04 AM, Guest Leroy Brindisi said:

I suggest you update this article,

Unless something changed with the Anniversary update, the article is accurate.

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