Renaming Guest Account in Windows 7

March 21, 2010 | Filed under Windows 7


Guest account are disable by default in Windows 7. You can easily enable the Guest account from the User Accounts shortcut in Control Panel. Basically the Guest account is for allowing a guest to use your computer without messing around with your stuff. It is a more restricted account compared to limited account because a guest user cannot install software or hardware, cannot change the guest account type, cannot create password and picture for the account. The applications that have already been installed on the computer cannot be accessed and the same goes to the shared documents folder.

Once in a while a flaw in Windows would be discovered by hackers on how to elevate the privilege allowing even the most basic Guest account that supposedly unable to do anything on the computer, create or modify accounts. Once the Guest account is enabled, it does not require a password to login. One way to secure the Guest account is to rename the guest account to a different name. By doing this, it makes it slightly more difficult for unauthorized persons to guess this user name and password combination.

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To rename a guest account in Windows 7:

1. Click the Start button and type secpol.msc on the Search Programs and Files bar and hit enter.
2. Go to Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
3. Look for the policy “Accounts: Rename guest account” and double click on it.
4. Type in the new name that you want your Guest name to be and click OK.

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