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It would be useful for a back up area if it stays undeleted as mine used to in Vista - it was my part of the hard drive which got deleted when I tried system restore and the public area was untouched.
First rule of thumb is not to use the Guest account. So create a separate account, add it to the Guest security group [and remove it from the default Users group].
This article seems to be geared toward using the Guest account to log in locally on the PC. I have the opposite situation. In just my own home network, I want to be able to use Guest to allow access to some shares on one of my PC's (basically so I don't have to manage user accounts for every PC). Any advice on that? Here's my initial thoughts. Password - can I put a password on Guest and still be able to use it to access shares from other computers? I obviously would NOT set the "Deny access to this computer from the network" policy for Guest, but I think I WOULD set the all of the "Deny logon..." policies for Guest, and probably remove Guest from the "Log on locally" policy. I would still definitely make sure Guest is not in the policy for "Shut down the system". Other than those (and the obvious "you shouldn't let Guest have network access to your PC at all") am I missing anything else, or disagree with any of the policies I mention above that I would set? The goal is to allow Guest to be used for network access to specific shares from other computers, but NOT to allow Guest to be used to actually log in either locally or remotely to the PC with.
RE: Shut Down the System (Create a secure Guest Account in Windows 7) It would be useful for a back up area if it stays undeleted as mine used to in Vista - it was my part of the hard drive which got deleted when I tried system restore and the public area was untouched. by diammeter | 08/29/10