Create a secure Guest Account in Windows 7

Set the guest account password

By default, the guest account password is blank, but that is an unnecessary security risk, so you should establish a password. Right-click the Guest entry in the Computer Management console and click the Change Password entry. The ensuing warnings are not a concern if you just enabled the guest account.

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