How to let someone use your CloudGate PC without giving them access to your data

By 17th April 2018 No Comments

If someone desperately needs to use your computer they could get access to private information such as passwords, email, and pictures. Instead of risking it, just let them use the Guest Account feature.

CloudGate PC’s run Windows 10 so this blog will cover how to do this on Windows.

Why use guest accounts

There is no need to create a separate account for a temporary user of your PC. The built-in guest account feature gives your friend limited access and allows them to do what they need without having access to your personal information.

On top of that, Guest Accounts can’t install software that might be malicious, configure your hardware, change settings, or even create a password for the Guest Account. The most harm they can do is shut down your PC.

Enabling the Guest Account in Windows 10

Unlike the versions before it, Windows 10 hides the guest account feature. To enable this feature, you would need to be an administrator and be able to use the command prompt.

To open command prompt press the Windows Key and X. Select “Command Prompt (Admin)”. You might see PowerShell instead of Command Prompt which does pretty much the same thing. If the User Account Control box displays click “Yes”.

First, we will create a guest account called Visitor. You can’t use the name Guest as it’s a reserved account in Windows 10 (even though you can’t access it). Type the following command into the Command Prompt:

net user Visitor /add /active:yes

Because the account is so limited, it doesn’t need to be protected. We are, therefore going to apply no password to the account. To do this type the following command:

net user Visitor *

When asked for a password, just press enter (this will leave it blank).

By default Visitor users are placed in the “users” group. We need it to be more limited than that so we are going to put the Visitor in the “guests” group. First we need to remove them from the “users” group. Do this by typing in the following command:

net localgroup users Visitor /delete

Then type the following command to add the Visitor to guests:

net localgroup guests Visitor /add

You can now close command prompt. Now, the Visitor should display in the lower left corner of the logon screen.

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