Creating a guest account in Windows used to be a simple operation that could be completed in a few clicks by anyone. This is no longer the cases, however with recent versions of Windows, such as Windows 11, you can still create a guest account. We’ve shown you how to create a Windows 11 guest account with Settings, Command Prompt, and PowerShell in this article. Let’s get started without further ado.
In Windows 11, create a guest account (2022)
Using the Windows 11 Settings App, add a Guest Account.
- Using the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut ‘Win+I,’ open the Settings programme and navigate to the “Accounts” area on the left sidebar. To set a guest account, click “Other users” from here. If you are using a older versions of Windows 11, this option will find as “Family & other users.”
- Then, to create a new user account, click “Add account.”
- Select “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” from the Microsoft account creation page.
- On the following page, click “Add a user without a Microsoft account” to create a guest account without a Microsoft account.
- For the guest account, set a username, password, and three security questions. You cannot use “Guest” as a username since it is reserved by the operating system. After you click “Next,” Windows 11 will create a new account for you.
Add the Guest User Group with a New Account
- Now that you’ve created an account, add it to the guest user group so that it doesn’t have full access to your account. To do so, go to Windows Search and type “Computer Management” in the search box.
- Go to System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users in Computer Management to add the account to the user group. If you’re running Windows 11 Home, you’ll find that the “Local Users and Groups” option is missing. You can use the Local User and Group Management tool from GitHub as a workaround. Double-click the user you just created to get started.
3. switch “Add membership” from the “Group membership” page to add the guest user group.
4. Click “Select” to confirm your pick of “Guests” from the list of groups.
5. After you’ve added the guest user group, go to “Users” and click “Remove membership.” In Windows 11, you have successfully created a guest account.
Create a Guest Account with Command Prompt
- In Windows Search, type “Command Prompt” and run it as administrator.
- To create a new guest user, type the following command. You can note the name “Guestuser” in the command to whatever you want.
/add /active:yes net user Guestuser
- Set a password for the guest account with the command below. That’s all; using Command Prompt, you’ve created a guest account on Windows 11.
Guestuser * is a net user.
Using PowerShell, create a Windows 11 Guest Account
- You can also use PowerShell to create a Windows 11 guest account. To open an elevated PowerShell window, search for “Powershell” in Windows Search and run it as administrator.
- set a password for your guest account with the command below.
Read-Host -AsSecureString $GuestPassword
- Next, use the command below to set the guest account a name.
-Password $GuestPassword New-LocalUser “TheGuest”
- Finally, add the account to the guest user group with the command below. Using the guest account, you can now share your computer with others.
-Group “Guests” -Member “TheGuest” Add-LocalGroupMember
When sharing a computer, use a guest account.
That concludes the three methods for creating a guest account in Windows 11. The ability to create a guest account will come in handy if you frequently share your computer with friends or colleagues. Meanwhile, if you’d rather have an offline account that isn’t linked to your Microsoft account, see our tutorials on how to create a local account in Windows 11 and how to remove your Microsoft account from Windows 11.