How to Get Rid of a Guest User on My Computer

By Steve Gregory

A guest account does not require a password.
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You cannot delete the guest account on Windows, but it is possible to disable it. Although the guest account allows a visitor to your office to temporarily use your computer without accessing your account, he or she can still perform some important functions – such as turning off the computer. If you are only comfortable with allowing your employees with protected accounts to log in to your computer, disable the guest account via the Windows User Accounts utility.

Move your mouse pointer to the bottom left corner of your computer's screen.

Right-click after the Start Screen icon appears.

Choose "Control Panel" from the list of options in the pop-up menu.

Select "User Accounts and Family Safety" and then click "Remove User Accounts" in the User Accounts section to open the Manage Accounts window.

Click "Guest" to open the Change Guest Options window.

Click "Turn Off the Guest Account" to disable the account.


Information in this article applies to Windows 8. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.