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How to prevent Guest account from making modifications to the computer

Q: How to prevent Guest account from making modifications to the computer

Hellllllo !

On my work laptop I have my Administrator account, which I use all the time, and a Guest account that people can use to go on the Internet etc.

What I have not found out how to do yet is to prevent the Guest account users from :

- Installing or removing software
- Changing any setting in control panel (or the shortcuts leading to it, such as "right-click on the Desktop > personalize"
- Changing internet connections (I've caught guests on the neighbor's open network often, even though my WPA2 wireless network is remembered)

What I have found how to do, using permissions:

- Open specific programs (I have gone and edited the permissions on all the .exes files for the programs I wanted to restrict, and it works fine)
- Access partitions or hard drives (Guests only see the path exists, they have no access and no info to the partitions/drives I restricted)

Now, about my problem, what I've tried so far:

- Same as I did to restrict access to partitions/hard drives, using permissions: I tried to modify the permissions of the Guest account to allow only reading and launching apps on C: as a whole. That didn't work though, Windows wouldn't let me change the permissions on the system disc, even as an administrator with UAC off. I tried many combinations of allow/deny and no change is permitted.

So, what can I do ? Right now, there are only a few shortcuts on the Guest account desktop, but I've tested it: using the Start menu or the command prompt a guest can access so many settings on the computer ! Modify Windows sounds, fonts and styles, uninstall or install programs, modify power plans or Windows update settings, etc etc... all Control Panel items it seems. In fact, I'm amazed at how the Guest account is NOT restricted! The only thing it can't do, without tweaking, is access other users' folders on C: I mean what the flip ?

What I have found so far to help me, and that doesn't solve my problem :

Programs and Features - Enable or Disable not good because it's for ALL users, including admins. I only want to restrict the Guest account.
How To Disable Control Panel in Windows 7 - How-To Geek same thing
Restrict Specific Users From Accessing Windows Control Panel would be good but applies to Vista and I have not found the equivalent for 7
Prevent users from accessing the Control Panel but allow Administrators would also be good but the software doesn't exit for 7.

Final note: It would be ideal if guests could update Java, Flash, Firefox etc. when they get prompted, but if the solution you give me prevents that, no problem. The most important is to prevent the Guest account any access to Control Panel items, especially Add or Remove Programs.

Thank you for your time !

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A: How to prevent Guest account from making modifications to the computer

A guest account DOESN'T have admin rights, just as a standard user. He/she cannot modify registry keys in HKLM so cannot modify system wide settings!

He can change his own font and his own windows sounds. But not install programs.

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Hi all,

I was looking at the event viewer and noticed that there are multiple "logoff" events - event id 4634 - associated with the guest accolunt on my computer. The guest account is disabled. There is no associated "logon" event with matching event id although there are numerous SYSTEM logon events and one rather curious "anonymous user" logon event.

I am concerned that this may suggest a trojan but have no other symptons or issues to concern me other than these entries.

Can anyone shed any light?

A:Vista Pro. Multiple Guest logoff events with guest account off

ANONYMOUS LOGONs are routine events on Windows networks.http://www.ultimatewindowssecurity.com/sec...px?eventid=4634

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My admin account stopped working (a window popped up about a "registration error?") and for some reason it's gone now. Completely gone. Fortunately, my guest account saved documents from my admin account. Now, I can't make any changes to my computer, and I certainly can't make a new account. I've looked up the problem and I've tried using the command prompt to create a new account, and... nothing happened. A message popped up that said something about insufficient privileges. Please, help!
 

A:Only account left on my computer is guest

Try booting in the safe mode mode and see if you can do anything.
 

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 The Guest user completely disappeared after I upgrade from WIN 7 to WIN10.The start up page only show admin user account.

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what I did:
1. enable guest in "local user and groups"
2. remove guest account from local security policy -->"deny log on locally"
but, in local seurity policy -->"guest account status " is greyed out, by default it is disable, I have to put the computer to workgrup then enable the guest account
after all these, still can't logon to the PC as guest, got "the account is disabled, pls contact admin....."
what am I missing? should I modify GPO? where do I find the GPO that affecting guest account?
thanks.

A:how to enable guest account on a domain computer

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 The Guest user completely disappeared after I upgrade from WIN 7 to WIN10.The start up page only show admin user account.

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Recently while running some log checks I found the guest account had been logging on and off, even tho I have disabled the guest acount long ago.

Now MBSA has been showing that the guest acct was active but I had thought it was an error, since when I would check it would show to be off.

Finding this I decided to check deeper and found while checking services that DCOM and RPC had been reenabled and I can no longer stop or disable those services.
The functionality is greyed out.

DCOM is still being blocked luckyly since there has been over a 1000 attemps to start the srvice.
In my admin tools I no longer seem to have the tools to set user permission levels.
I run XP Home with SP1 and all the latest updates for it.
AV and AT scans daily SpywareGuard;Blaster and Spybot S&D tea timer running also Previx. Sygate Pro
I am not sure if the P2P connection attemps are related to this or not as there are no outbound attemps from me logged.

Any ideas have I been owned as a P2P server even tho I logg no outbound connections?

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

A:Guest account activity with guest acct off

Er..could it possible be some kind of homemade virus/trojan or similiar and you got it, or some kind of error with the pc something wrong setting.

I don't know what the problem can be but still won't hurt to ask a few questions or having a few thoughts.

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How do I prevent the Guest account from being able to edit the Registry? I'm running XP Pro on a non-networked system.

I don't want to use the DisableRegistryTools key in the Registry, because that would lock me out if I ever wanted to undo the change. I've tried GPEDIT, but that doesn't seem to allow the setting of permissions for one specific user account (unless I'm missing something there). Using the Edit | Permissions menu in the Registry doesn't seem too useful either, as that menu is also accessible to the Guest, who can just re-set permissions if s/he's knowledgeable. (And anyway, the permissions I set in that way from my own administrative logon (Read vs. Full Control) don't get reflected in the Guest logon.)

Short of 3rd party software, how do I do this? Thanks for any help.
 

A:Prevent Guest from editing XP Registry

IMHO, that is a rude guest. I have "used" computers in libraries, public rooms, etc etc and never had the urge to enter the Registry. Break his/her fingers??
Seriously, I can't find a way and I know this is Pro, right? There is 3rd party software that will do it, among other things you may or maynot want envoked. I am wondering if TweakUI, or something along that line, which is free will do the job?
 

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Good day

I was always under the impression that people who guest account is unable to access the administrator desktop and hard drive etc.

Is there that i can make sure that this doesnt happen again.

I am using windows 8 64 bit

thanks

A:How to prevent guest users from accessing the administrato

By default anyone using the guest account would be unable to access the desktop or files of any other account. This is by design. The rights of the guest account are the lowest of the low.

If the situation seems otherwise you need to fully explain.

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Suddenly, the Windows 7 doesn't allow me to access my Admin Account and showing error msg (The User Profile Service service failed to Logon). I am left with only the Guest Account with limited access.
I tried copying the cmd.exe, using Fix It Program, login through Safe Mode but all didn't work.
Would anyone help pls?
HMK

A:The User Profile (Administrator Account) Service failed to logon and then left with only Guest Account in Windows 7

Hi,

Occasionally, Windows might not read your user profile correctly, such as if your antivirus software is scanning your computer while you try to log on.
Please try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account again.

If the issue still persists, please restart in safe mode to log on with the built-in administrator account:
1. Restart your computer and hit F8 multiples times until you see a menu-like screen, if you see the Windows splash screen then repeat this step
2. Highlight and hit enter on Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Try logging in there.
3. If you are able to login, once a command prompt pops up, type: net user administrator password /active:yes (you can specify whatever password you want for the administrator
account.)
4. If you get a message saying "The command completed successfully", then restart your computer by typing: shutdown -r
5. Boot up again pressing F8, but this time choose just Safe Mode.
6. You will be able to login as Administrator with the password you set in Step 3.

Then try the following methods:
Method 1: Fix these user account profile on these computer

Method 2: Log on to Windows and copy your data to a new account
Method 3: Delete the error SID and create a new profile
For the detailed information, please refer to this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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So this is probably the strangest problem I have ever encountered with Windows 7. About two or three months ago, I noticed that my user account had suddenly changed into a guest account. I get prompted for an administrator password when trying to do any tasks that require administrator privilege. It is not a huge hassle, as I know the administrator account password.

Here is where it becomes very strange. When I turn my computer on, it automatically logs me into my user account (the guest account). When I got into the user accounts section of the control panel and try to manage user accounts, it shows exactly zero user accounts on my computer. Also, when I try to change my user account (the guest account) to an administrator account, precisely nothing happens.

It gets evens stranger. When I log out of Windows, the only user account I can pick from, to log back into Windows, is the generic "Administrator" account. My user account is nowhere to be found. When I go to the control panel and try to manage accounts, only the administrator account is listed. There is an option turn on a generic guest account, but nothing related to my original user account is shown. Again, this is in contrast to when I am logged into my user account (the guest account), and see exactly zero user accounts listed on the manage accounts screen.

I feel that I am pretty good at avoiding bad websites, and I do have an antivirus program installed (not that that will prevent my ... Read more

A:User account changed into a guest account, how can I change it back

Hi and welcome to the Forum
When you refer to the generic Administrator Account do you mean the Account that is hidden in Windows 7? If so did you activate it using this:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable If you did the above then this is strange as forgetting the "Hidden admin account you must have at least one ordinary Admin account in Windows 7. You can't operate the system without one!!

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My friends 8 year old son decided it would be a good idea to get on my laptop and change the e-mail that is associated with the administrator account. The password to the account was also changed and as much as I hate to finally admit it - there is no
possible way for the information to be retrieved now. It has been about 9 months now and I have been using the Guest Account, but this is getting old. How can I get back into the admin account without knowing the password, and while being on the guest account,
which doesn't allow me to do much of anything because the password is needed to make any sort of change..?

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Every time I try to log into my regular account it doesn't let me only lets me log into guest account.  Please help me.

A:regular account doesn't work only guest account

Hello singsingrn, and welcome to Bleeping Computer!
Please let us know the exact error message you get when trying to logon to your regular account so that we can better help you!
 
Also, please let us know if you have your Original Windows Vista Installation disc available in your next reply.
 
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Hi,

When i access a system which is having windows xp professional as an operating system and it is in workgroup it is going to guest account and asking the guest password but there is an option in which if we change and when we try to access the same system it will ask the user name and password instead of going to guest account.

So do anyone have an idea about that option. Please let me know it is very much needed to me.

Awaiting for the reply.

Thank you for your valuable time.
 

A:guest account - normal account access in xp professional

Not sure I understand your question or problem. Maybe this info will help.

If you are using Simple File Sharing (Control Panel - Folder Options - View tab - Use simple file sharing) it should quietly use the network guest account for access and there should be no prompt. If there is the system has a problem.

If you are using Advanced File Sharing (not using Simple File Sharing) you should get the prompt for a regular account/password.
 

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Hi all..

Just wondering.. is it possible for me to set my guest account similar as my primary account but with several file or folder or software in my primary account , cant be access in my guest account? means i still can instll the new software, or application, and still can save new document or file in my guest account without been deleted after every time i shutdown and restart my laptop...is it possible for me to set my guest account like that? or if not possible can anybody here please give me any suggestion on how to solve this problem...?

Thank you

Regards,

A:Set Guest Account Similar As Primary Account,(except on Several Files)

It is possible to create user groups on a workstation set-up in windows 7, although as the full set of tools available in a client - Server set-up are not available to you it is a lot more complex and time consuming.

The other issue is that a lot of the tools available in the more professional versions are not available in the Home versions

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Hello,
Is it possible to prevent a user from being able to use "Connect to a Microsoft account" from the OneDrive Settings under File Storage?
We are deploying Windows 8.1 Enterprise in a Corporate Environment and do not want to be able to connect Domain Accounts with Microsoft accounts.
I have applied the GPO Setting 
Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Options > Accounts: Block Microsoft accounts = Users cant add or log on with Microsoft accounts
However this has not disabled the option to join a Microsoft Account from the OneDrive Settings. It has disabled the option from the Accounts settings however.
Any advise appreciated


Lee Bowman MCITP MCTS

A:Prevent connecting Microsoft account to Domain account from OneDrive settings

Hello Lee Bowman,
Based on my test, I use the following steps to block the Microsoft account:
1. Open Group Policy Management Editor
2. Go to Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options> Accounts: Block Microsoft accounts.
3. In the drop-down menu, select Users can?t add or log in with Microsoft accounts
After applying the Group policy , I still can?t use the OneDrive to add Microsoft account.
When I try to add the Microsoft account, I will get the following message.

Best regards,
Fangzhou CHENFangzhou CHEN
TechNet Community Support

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Hello all, My gf decided she wanted her admin account name changed on her Windows 8 machine from her first and last name. I edited her account name so that only her first name showed up. I used Netplwiz and everything seemed to go well. Upon rebooting the machine, somehow her guest account (which was turned off and not showing) was the only account accessible. Before this she only had her admin account which was just her first/last name and this was only the account accessible upon booting the machine. Now she cannot access her usual account. In the guest account, I was able to browse to the Users folder in Windows Explorer and see that her usual account titled her first name is still there. When trying to double click the folder, I am prompted for a password, but there is no box to type the password. When looking at the properties of her C drive about 150 GBs are showing as used so I am guessing all her data is still there. Can someone please help a guy out? V Day is this weekend and I would really like to survive it as she is already made at me for basically locking her out of her computer. Thank you in advance!

A:Only the guest account available. No admin account showing

You'll have to activate the built-in administrator account, and use that account to reverse-engineer the accidental lockout. Regular eightforum techs will appear shortly and give you the needed info.

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Hello. I can't open the guest folder usgin my admin ccount on windows 7. Each time I need a file I have to login using guest account and its frustrating. I just clic on the folder and nothing happens

A:Can't access to guest account files from another account

Administrator account is not for general usage, and NOT your own account.
Administrator account required password to access.
Usually, no one use Administrator account.
Do note the differences between "Administrator" account and "admin" rights.
Administrator account have full rights to anything and everything.
"Admin" rights is just act as administrator and is not an account.

As the 1st newly create account (mainly your own account) may have that admin rights.
With admin rights, you are accessible to create accounts for other users.

Also for guest account, by default have no password.
Guest account is always available, but need to initiate it for use, and no password is needed.

If you create guest account, it will not be a guest account, and this will be another user account, but the name "Guest" may conflict with the system created "Guest" account.

In conclusion, you may started the wrong way.

So, if your had manually create an Guest account with password, it is not a guest account at all.
But an user account with the name "Guest".
When you activated the Guest account, there will not be any password.

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My kid uses Guest Account in Windows 8.1. The Family Safety seems unable to apply to the Guest Account, right? So I have to create another account with the Family Safety applied. But, my kid does not want to lose all game data in the Guest Account. How to move all the data from the Guest Account to another account so that my kid can play the game from the new account without losing anything? Thank you for your answer.

A:How to move data from Guest Account to another Account?

I have moved data from one account to another several times. Most of the time, it goes really well! However, finding, identifying [safe to move], copying and/or moving folders' files from guest to a standard account is very geeky! If you are not properly geeky, it can go really not well at all. I recommend copying the files from folders, I do not recommend trying to move folders. How geeky, how skilled, do you regard yourself concerning Explorer [which was once called File Manager back when Fred Flintstone used windows]?

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please help me!!

I bought a shiny new laptop yesterday with windows 8 pre-installed. After setting a few things up, i restarted the computer for the first time. At this time the computer downloaded many updates. On start up since my user account has been downgraded to a guest account. This is the only account on the computer, as such i do not have administrator rights and i am unable to log in as an administrator.

having read other peoples posts i believe i may have to restore the computer back to factory settings but i am cannot figure out how to do this without being the administrator.

Please help me!

A:help - windows 8 account downgraded to guest account

Go to menu boot: winkey + C > Settings > Power > Shift + Restart > Troubleshoot > Restore
maybe it could help.

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Hi,
I'm running XP Home SP2.
I have always been using a user account with administrator rights.
Having heard that it is not safe, I thought I would change my account type to power user.
1. I ran "control userpasswords2" and, just in case, tried to change the account I was logged in with; which naturally did not work.
2. Then, in the same window, I defined a password for the main (default) Administrator account, which I had never used.
3. I rebooted in Safe Mode and logged in using the default Administrator account.
4. Went to Control Panel > User accounts, and the admin account I use everyday was not there. Only admin, and guest.
5. Then I rebooted in normal mode and logged in using my usual login... which is now a guest account! Meaning I don't have write access to the C:\ root, for instance... I can't even display the calendar as I don't have the rights to change the system date & time!
How can I sort this out? I've done my Google research but did not find any relevant solution. I'd be very grateful for any advice.
Thanks
 

A:Admin account changed to a guest account!

For those interested (?), the solution was given to me on another forum:
Safe Mode, log in as default admin, run the command prompt and enter the following command:
net localgroup administrators /add accountname
 

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My friend and I share my laptop. Recently I found out that he was watching porn on my computer. So I promptly confronted him, and told him to stop. Weeks later, he did it again. So I downloaded Norton's Safety Minder to prevent it. So this sneaky prick goes around and enables the guest account, and lo and behold, porn fest again.

What can I do? I don't want to keep him off the admin account, because he plays games on here, but I don't want him watching porn on my laptop either. Is there a way to put parental settings on the guest account? I know you can disable it, tried that, he just re-enables it, then disables it before he gets off. I'm really frustrated about this.

A:Need To Disable Guest Account On Admin Account

You could provide more info about your machine, of course.

For starters, password protect the BIOS and give the child a user account.

There's no need for him to use an admintrator account.

Occasionally check to make sure your BIOS is still secure. Other than that, take the machine away and lock it up.

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Hi

I need to know how to add an E-mail account in Outlook Express when logged in as a guest. Windows says that I have to log is as an administrator! I need the account to be accessed by the guest user.

Hope someone can help.

Cheers
 

A:XP Home Guest Account E-mail Account

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Hi
I have an account problem with Windows XP on my PC. The Windows Welcome page shows both my user account (password protected) and the guest account. When I attempt to login using my user account the PC opens the guest account. The settings for this are as if the PC has just come from the factory and has none of my files in My Docs or Desktop. When I open user accounts in Control Panel it only shows guest account as running. I have tried to do a System Restore but after a selecting a restore point the screen sticks on "gathering information" and won't go any further.
Help please, I have a lot of important inforamtion stored in various memories and also important emails in Outlook Express which I can't access

Thanks

A:User account opens as guest account

Your user profile has become corrupted. If you have Windows XP Pro (not home) at the login screen, pres CTRL+AL+DEL 3 times fast. This will give you the classic login screen. Here log in as Administrator, leave the Password blank unless you set a password for the admin account. Here go to Start/Run and type control userpasswords and press enter. Create a new user account with admin rights. Log out of the Administrator account and login as the new user. Browse to C:/Documents and Settings open up your old user profile folder and Copy the My Documents, Favorites, Desktop and Start Menu folders and Paste them into your new profile folder overwriting the empty ones.

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Hey guys. Im having a problem with my computer!somehow my administrator account has turned to a guest account. Today I tried to unistall a program and it didnt let me saying i needed to be admin. . Also I tried turning it to admin by using cmd command but it says access not allowed.

A:My Administrator account turned to Guest account

Ok I have these






Quote:
Administrator - Built-in account for administering the computer/domain

Guest - Built-in account for guest access to the computer/domain

Homegroupuser$ - Built-in account for homegroup access to the computer

(MyAdminwhichTurnedTOguest)

VSA Server Account - Account for the Visual Studio Analyzer server components


I cant even unistall or delete simple things like shortcuts

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I would like to allow the "Guest" User to use my Dial up connection (MSN). When I log in as the Guest, I can't even access the modem, much less the service.

In addition, I cen't get the Explorer Icon to move to the "Internet" porition of the start menu when I'm logged in as the guest. This is just a side question, though, since I would really like to secure my files while allowing roomates and others to use my Internet connection.

Windows XP Professional, If that is important.

Thanks in advance, this is a GREAT site for help!

mp
 

A:How do I use the Guest Account to use my Dial-up Account?

By default the Guest user account has very little rights assigned for security reasons. You can change which rights are assigned to it, but I would wonder why you want the guest account to access the modem. Hackers would have a field-day on your PC.
 

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I have the same problem! can't delete accounts, rename accounts, change picture or type of account. I have one non-admin account and one administrator account (my guest account.) I can't change back or add/delete accounts, cannot switch guest account off, please help!! what should I do?! I have tried running "control userpasswords2" in start menu, but that does not work either. please help me...

A:guest account is now administrator account

This super adminstrator may be able to help.
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums
For Vista or Seven

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my guest account has been switch to administrator account.i've tried to switch it back and nothing happens.can someone tell me what to do.i've tried to switch myself back to administrator account but it keeps saying access denied,i did the command prompt it still access denied can someone help

A:guest account is now administrator account

Do a virus scan if nothing comes up format the drive and reinstall windows.

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I've been plagued Trojans and re-directs lately with a W7 Standard Account which I thought and taught was the right choice for safer web browsing. Not as many system ports open to attack.

So, if MS recommends the Standard Account over Administrator for safety reasons, is using the Guest Account for web browsing safer yet?

I dunno' ...

I use IE10 and I am a Fully Updated Safe Surfer. No other Browsers or Bars installed.

A:Is W7 Guest Account the Safest Account to Use On the Web?

It is possible that you computer is infected in such a way the most antivirus tools cannot find the infection. These types of infections try to download/install other infections (which might be caught by your antivirus program). There is a place in your system spec for the antivirus tool, please update that field when you get a chance.

If you have java installed, uninstall it or at least disable it. Let us know if you need help doing that.

You might want to try a scan using this tool:
What is Windows Defender Offline?

But to answer your question, you do not want to use the guest account for day to day use.

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So this is what happened, I have a personal reason why I need to recreate a account. I accidentally open up a guest account and made that guest account as a Admin. Then I deleted the main account which is a User and Admin. Now I only have a Admin-Guest account. I need to use programs such as Photoshop but under Admin-guest I couldn't use them.

I tried making a new Account, I typed 'Aaron' for the Username, but they said you can't use '[email protected](%)' for your username. I tried other username such as testing, abcd and such. All without symbol. They still give me the same problem.

I tried using netplwiz and make a account at the end, it says, access denied.

Please help please. I can't have a reformat for this computer coz of personal reason too. Sorry it caused inconveniences. Please please pleas help!!!

A:A admin account under a Guest account.

Hi StolenChips,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

First, try to access the built-in Administrator Account to see if you can create another Administrator Account or fix the one you already have: Administrator Account. If you can access and work with this account, but can't fix the current account, create another Administrator Account (and while you're at it, create yet another as a backup in case this or something like it happens again - if it's working, you're somewhat lucky - the next time may not be the same and the following procedure may be the only option) and treat the situation like a corrupt user account to transfer your data and profile information. To do this use http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows-vista/Fix-a-corrupted-user-profile.

I know you don't want this, but it's probably your only remaining choice (and you don't need a personal reason not to want to do it - NOBODY ever wants to do it). If that doesn't work, the best bet (I would even say the only choice) is to try to save your data and then do a clean install or a restore to factory conditions to re-create a valid Administrator account. To save your data, try Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek.
This should give you enough access to the system to backup your important data (if you can't get in any other way - if you can, use normal procedures to backup or copy/paste the data). If that doesn’t work, try slaving the drive to another computer and recoverin... Read more

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bought this monitor from best buy a few weeks ago, connected via HDMI to my desktop. i had read up a little on my issue, but hadn't found a fix, and had read that HDMI sometimes has a problem with monitor sounds if there isnt actually a fix, and its just noises and not damage happening, i suppose the noises arent that bad i have tried disabling the monitor's audio via windows' playback devices, noises happen anyway. the noises are usually a pop sound, but sometimes (i think toward the top) is more of a crackle, somewhat like a house-settling sound i also turn it off at night because sometimes the pops are bad for my bed time (it still pops in sleep mode)

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Is Windows Vista a good operating system for Guest accounts?

I need ether Vista or XP to give me ability to change Guest account settings.

The issue is: My cousin comes over to spend the night just to use one of my computers and he downloads BS that just slows the computer down. I'v already reformatted the hard drive with zero's and put windows XP on it but i dont think XP is good for Guest account and i cant find a manager section from XP so i can limit what he can change/do on the computer. Basically i just want to install the games hes going to play and lock it down so he can only browser the web and play his games i dont even want him to be able to download files (if possible).

please help!
 

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My guest account does not bring up a link to my internet provider. On all other accounts there is a 'Connect to' , can anyone help please? Windows XP Professional
 

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Hello!

When I log onto the guest account on my laptop, a window pops up and it says "guest/account/desktop inaccessible." The desktop is blank (all black) and there are no icons. You basically can't do anything on my guest account (like go on the internet, microsoft word, etc.) My main administrator account seems fine to me. I think. I don't know what's wrong!

Please help!

A:Cannot log onto guest account

See here: Guest Account - Turn On or Off

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Ok so I was cheering about getting my XP desktop to network with my 98SE notebook...feeling all good ..Right...

In order for it to work I needed to enable my guest account...so things are good for a couple of day then yesterday after playing around (games email and studying) my Nortons 2002 comes up with a nimda hit...all over my C (fat32 data running ME), I am logged on to XP as my user....the problem is the Guest account is the one showing up as infected user all over my C:... My D: drive is fine (main drive NTFS running XP pro)...so after it telling me that about 50 files on c are infected I download Nimda removal from sysmantec and run it...NO virus found...the file that were infected are not there (did a search for the files refrence in Nortons log)...so I belive I am clean...but here is the main problem...how do you disable the guest account like ALL the security pros say...and have the computer see each other and not prompt you for a password when you try to browse from desktop to laptop.... - sorry if I confuse any one

A:What to do with the guest account

Rename the account to something else.

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I have 2 Promise NAS boxes, both NS4300N. The both lack a guest account. I cannot create an account without a password and as far as I know, a guest account is the user called guest without a password. Reason I want to do this is that I have my eyes on this media player which has a LAN connection and it will let me browse to my NAS, that is if my NAS had a guest account and the devices I found on the market that connect to any network all use the guest account to connect.

Does anyone know how to add a guest account on my NS4300n NAS ??

Thanks
 

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Have you considered Promise tech support?
 

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With the guest account on windows seven, once you enter your password to access something on a main account is there a way to make the guest account forget it?

I was adding my music library to WMP and I had to enter my password but then I could browse all my other files and folders, which I don't want it to be able to do.

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Mkr10001,

I believe that if you log off, it will then forget the password that you used to access the main account.
the rules say that you only have to enter the main acct password once and during that session, it should stay ok.
Rich

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Hiya!

The Help and Support of Windows XP Pro (SP1) says that the Guest account can be used to allow people to log in and check their email etc.... but when I log in as Guest all the Dial-up Accounts are rendered unaccessible. I would prefer not to create a User account so can anyone tell me if the Guest account can actually be used as its supposed to be (ie: in the way Help says it can be used?)

Using Win Xp Pro (SP1)
Thanks,
J
 

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You have to grant Guest permissions to do things. By default that accound can't do much anything.
 

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I have my computer set with my own account and then the guest account for everyone else to use. It worked fine for a while, but now for some reason the Guest account won't connect to the internet...I have a cable connection and on my account it works just fine. Any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks.

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Hi,

I have got my own user account (obviously). I have family coming over soon and don't want them to use my account (also obviously). I want to grant them access to only certain programs (i.e. Google Chrome - without them seeing my bookmarks, or Photoshop - without them seeing my recent files list etc. You'll get my point).

Therefore I enabled Guest Account. Problem is: there are no icons or charms for the programs i want to grant access to and I don't know how to add those icons or charms to the start screen.

When googling Guest Account, all the websites explain how to enable the guest account. I know how to enable or disable it. But what is the point on enabling a guest account that has no programs?

I tried using Parental controls, to individually tick the programs for them to use, but apparently Win8 doesn't allow Parental Controls to be used with Guest Account.

Bit confused... thought Guest Accounts were supposed to make life simple... So how do I add programs? Do I really have to re-install the programs completely in the Guest account with my admin password? So I'll have the program installed twice, once for my own account and once for the guest account? Or make a shortcut to the program in the C:\program files folder?

Thanks for your help.

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By default from Windows XP and newer the Guest Account and whom uses it will not have access to your personal files if they are under your user account. Which Version of Windows 7 do you have Home, Pro, Ultimate?

Also your profiles says you have Windows 7. This is a Windows 8 forum. Which one do you have installed?

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Now every time i try to start-up media center i keep getting an error message which keeps saying i am signed in with a guest account, please log in with a user account. Now of course i am set up as an administrator, still no help, so i try with the administrotor account - guess what, still says i am a guest.

Can anyone help me with this, as i would really like to use it seen as i have Vista x64 Ultimate.

Thanks in advance

A:Guest account???????

Don't matter anymore, formatted the hard drive and started again.

Guess it must have been a conflict or something.

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Ok I'm a bit long in the tooth and trying to get used to windows 8! The trouble I'm having is that every time I boot up the window opens at the guest account. I have no idea what this is and I dont want it.Strange thing is when I look at the accounts it (guest) is switched off.
Anyway I have looked at solutions and none of them work for me.
This is what I have done.
Clicked 'settings'
clicked' control panel'
clicked 'user account and family safety'
clicked 'add or remove user accounts'
clicked on the one I want to delete (guest)
Thats where it all ends. There is no link to 'delete account for that user'
So, is it possible to delete a guest link? If not is there a way to stop this laptop from opening at the guest sign-in?
I have only had windows 8 for two weeks so nice and slowly please.

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I have no idea if this makes any difference or not but I should have said that on boot-up it is 'other user' I am faced with. It is when I do the above that I find the 'guest' user icon and my (administrator) icons.

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Heres the quick and dirty.Win XP, Media Edition (Home), SP3A couple weeks ago my daughter enabled the guest account. Every time I try to disable it it comes back.When I logoff or shutdown, I see a message stating "Logoff Script Running." Since I am on Home Edition, I do not have the Group Policy Editor to manages such scripts. If I pull the power after disabling the account, it looks like a login script is running to re-enable it.The scary part is that the account comes back as a member of Administrators and Remote Desktop Users, even though I remove the groups each time. MBAM Finds nothing. Hijack this shows nothing fishy. CombFix deleted a script file, but that does not seem to be it. I would appreciate any advice.Doug.ComboFix Log:ComboFix 11-05-24.01 - xxxxxxxxxxxx 05/24/2011 18:09:01.11.2 - x86Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.608 [GMT -6:00]Running from: c:\documents and settings\[User]\Desktop\ComboFix.exeAV: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition *Disabled/Updated* {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C} * Created a new restore point..((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))..c:\windows\system32\GroupPolicy\User\Scripts\scripts.ini..((((((((((((((((((((((((( Files Created from 2011-04-25 to 2011-05-25 )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))..2011-05-18 12:22 . 2011-05-18 12:22 -------- d--h--w- c:\windows&... Read more

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Lenovo G550
Windows 7 Professional
3 GB Ram

I enabled the "Guest" user for my son to use when he visits, but when he tries to log on as "Guest" the message: "The User Profile Service service failed the login" appears.

I disabled Guest and re-enabled, but still the same message.

I created a user name just for him as a standard user, but when he logs on as "Joe", the same thing happens. I created 4-5 other accounts, some standard users, some administrators, but can't log on to any of them.

I have no trouble logging on as myself (administrator).

After searching the forums I find similar issues in Vista, but not for Windows 7, and the registry entries seem to be different in Vista and I don't want to try the fixes in Windows 7.

When I go to C:\Users\ the other accounts I set up, are not listed, just mine.

Any suggestions?

A:Can't log onto guest account

See this tutorial on how to fix this problem. It'll work with win7 also.

The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded. - Vista Forums

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Hay the guest account dosent reset on logout how can I make it delete all the files when they log out and reset it back to normal

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I think you have to manually disable it.

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Hello:

I have successfully activated the hidden guest account by using the net user /guest:active command from an elevated command prompt. However, the account does not appear at the bottom left of my login screen along with the other accounts on my system, so I am unable to use the guest account. Does anyone have any ideas?

A:How to log in to the guest account?

The built-in Guest account is deprecated in Windows 10. You can create a new Guest account easily and quite fast by yourself, instructions in the video in this post: Windows 10 instructional videos by Ten Forums members - Page 96 - Windows 10 Forums

Kari

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