Disabling guest accounts

Intended for temporary users, guest accounts are an easy point of entry for hackers. Find out how to permanently disable them.

Intended for temporary users, guest accounts are an easy point of entry for hackers. This is how you can permanently

disable them:

  1. Go to Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> Users & Passwords.
  2. In the Users & Passwords window, select the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Advanced User Management section, click Advanced.
  4. In the Local Users & Groups window, select the Users folder (left panel). All system users will be listed in the right panel.
  5. Right-click Guest, then select Properties.
  6. In the Guest Properties window, select Account is disabled. Click Apply, then OK.

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This was first published in May 2006

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