Create a secure Guest Account in Windows 7

Find the guest account setting

In certain environments and situations, you may want to grant guest-user access to a workstation running Microsoft Windows 7. Best practices dictate that such access be as secure as possible. Here are several steps you can, and should, take before giving access to a guest user in Windows 7.

Note: This tip applies to Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate only. It does not apply to Windows 7 Home Premium.

Secure Guest Account
The first step is to enable guest accounts, which is disabled by default. Type "computer" into the Start Menu search box as shown and then click on the "Computer Management" item in the results.

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