Add password protection to the Guest Account in Windows 7

Windows 7 comes with a Guest Account to allow people to temporarily use your computer (this feature is not available in Windows 7 Starter edition). If you don't see this account listed in the Control Panel, see how you can enable or disable the Guest Account in Windows 7. By default, the Guest Account is not password protected, and anyone with physical access to your PC can use the machine by selecting to use the Guest Account (assuming you have that feature is turned on), though with limited privileges. The ideal security scenario is to have the Guest Account turned off if you don't need it; but a compromise is to keep the Guest Account, but add password protection to it, as you'll learn in this tutorial. And once you've added this protection, you can proceed with the Guest the same way you change another user's password.


Set a password for the Guest Account on your PC

These following steps assumes that you are the computer administrator, or know the admin password:

Note that there are several other security considerations to the Guest Account, beyond the scope of this tutorial, which include renaming the Guest Account, preventing remote access using it, and limiting the permissions it has through the Local Security Policy Editor (gpedit). But you now have the convenience of an enabled Guest Account, and the additional layer of security of having it at least password protected!

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