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How to Enable or Disable the Guest Account in Windows XP

Updated on July 10, 2011

In Windows XP there is an account which is termed as Guest account and it has a limited privileges. The user who are logging through guest account, generally don't have any user account. Guest account provides only a limited no of access of the computer. But there is a security related issue and that's why its sometimes dangerous for any computer. But unfortunately, Guest account is disabled by default. If you want to ensure security, it's a good practice to disable guest account and create an user account to use. This page gives you in details about enabling and disabling Guest account.

How to enable or disable Guest account?

To enable or disable Guest account, complete the following steps:

  1. Click on Start menu, then click on Control Panel and finally double-click on the User Accounts.
  2. Now, User Accounts window will be opened and you will see a user account which is termed as Guest.
  3. By default, Guest account is disable. To enable it, click on it.

4. Then a window will be appeared which will ask you Do you wnat to turn on the guest account? Select Turn On The Guest Account . Now the Guest account will be turned on.

To disable Guest account if Guest account is turned on, click on the Guest icon to access the What do you want to change about the guest account? Now, click on Turn off the guest account. And that's done to disabling the Guest Window.

5. At last, close User Accounts window and Control Panel Window.

By following the above steps you can easily enable or disable Guest account to any WIndows machine.

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      Asaye B 

      8 years ago

      Already the guest it enabled but how i can disabled the guest and using only user?

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      8 years ago

      why i cann't turn off my guest account?

      i have logon as administrator and this popup will appear every i want to turn off my guest account:


      The specified program isn't window or MS-DOS.


      please send me the reply to this email:

      thx in advance

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      8 years ago

      how to disable the guest account in Safe mode... in safe mode it hide...

    • rancidTaste profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      yah, by using administrator account you can do that

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      9 years ago

      i want to close the guest account without using the user accaunt..maybe using administrator..


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