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Setting Up a Guest Account on a Windows 7 Home Network

6 of 10 in Series: The Essentials of Network Installation and Setup

The Guest account in a Windows 7 home network is a built-in user account that provides a convenient way for visitors to have temporary access to your computer or network. Rather than setting up a separate account for your visitor, you can simply turn on the Guest account.

The Guest account provides access to your computer or network (without a password), but no access to other people’s files or settings. When your visitor leaves, you should turn the Guest account off (to keep any unwelcome visitors out).

1

Open the Windows Control Panel, and then click User Accounts and Family Safety.

The User Accounts and Family Safety window appears.

2

Under User Accounts, click Add or Remove User Accounts.

The Manage Accounts window appears.

3

Click the Guest account.

The Turn on Guest Account window appears.

4

Click Turn On to enable the Guest account.

The Manage Accounts window appears.

5

To disable the Guest account, repeat Steps 1 through 3, and then click Turn Off the Guest Account.

The Manage Accounts window appears again, and indicates that the Guest account is off.

 

To quickly turn the Guest account on or off, click the Windows 7 Start button, type guest in the search box, and then click Turn Guest Account On or Off. This takes you directly to the Manage Accounts window.

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