Creating Limited Accounts (Guest Users) in Windows 8

Windows Guest accounts have limited privileges, and are not allowed to perform any administrative tasks. They're great for children or users who will only be using your computer temporarily.

When you create a new user account in Windows operating system by going to the ‘Control Panel > User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts’, you can make the user either the Administrator or the Standard User of the computer. This method does not allow you to create Guest Users for the OS.

In order to create a Guest User in your Windows PC, you must go to the Computer Management snap-in. The process of creating a new Guest User in a Windows computer is given below:

Note: Guest Users can perform almost all the tasks that the Standard Users can with the exception that Guest Users cannot access the local resources of the computer from the remote computers via local area network (LAN).

    ■Log on to your Windows PC with an administrative account. (Windows 8 in this demonstration.)
    ■On the Start screen locate and click Desktop.

    ■From the desktop window, locate and click the File Explorer icon in the task bar.
    ■Once the This PC window appears, from the left pane, right-click This PC.
    ■From the context menu, click Manage.

    ■On the Computer Management snap-in, from the left pane, expand Local Users and Groups.
    ■From the expanded tree, click to select the Users container.
    ■In the middle pane, right-click anywhere in the pane, and from the context menu, click New User.

    ■Once the New User box opens up, populate the fields with the desired values.
    ■Click Create to create a new account.
    ■Once done, click Close to close the New User box.

    ■Back on the middle pane, locate and right-click the newly created user account. (Jacob in this demonstration.)
    ■From the context menu, click Properties.

    ■Once the Properties box opens up, click the Member Of tab from the top.
    ■Under the Member Of section, click to select Users from the Member of list, and click Remove in order to remove the account from Users group.

    ■Click OK to save the changes.
    ■Once this is done, from the left pane, under the Local Users and Groups tree, click to select the Groups container.

    ■From the middle pane, locate and right-click the Guests group.
    ■From the displayed options, click Properties.

    ■On the opened Guests Properties box, click Add.

    ■On the Select Users box, in the Enter the object name to select field, type the name of the account that you have created, and click OK.

    ■When the account is added to Guests Properties box.
    ■Finally click OK to create a guest account.