How to Enable the Hidden Windows 10 Guest Account in Seconds

Ben Stegner 19-01-2016

We’ve shown you how to unlock the hidden administrator account in Windows How to Unlock the Secret Administrator Account in Windows Administration rights are now handled by User Account Control in Windows, but the hidden Administrator account is powerful. Here's how to enable it. Read More , but that’s not the only user account that Microsoft is hiding from you. In Windows 10, you can enable the Guest account with just a few keystrokes instead of going through several unwieldy menus.


Open a command prompt as Administrator by pressing Windows Key + X to open the power user menu, then choosing Command Prompt (Admin) to open an elevated window. Now, you just need to type the following command to enable the guest account:

net user guest /active:yes

You should see that the operation was successful, meaning that you can now use the guest account. Clicking your account name in the Start menu should show an entry for the Guest account, reflecting this.

The guest account has several uses: if your computer is often shared by company or coworkers, it allows you to let them use your system for basic tasks without granting full access to settings or your files. It’s also useful for testing software under an untouched Windows installation to troubleshoot problems you might have.

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net user guest /active:no

We’ve written all you need to know about managing user accounts 5 Tips for Managing Windows User Accounts Like a Pro Windows user accounts have evolved from isolated local accounts to online accounts with various privacy challenges. We help you sort out your accounts and find the settings that work for you. Read More if you’d like to learn more.

Do you have the guest account enabled, and if so, what do you use it for? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    January 19, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Tried it but no guest account (that I could see). Clicked on the video and all it did at the 'crucial moment' was the screen flashing black for a split second and the author proclaiming "there you have the guest account". Didn't help.