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Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

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2.7. Activate the Guest User Account

You can give a visitor temporary and secure access to your computer or your network by letting that person log on using the built-in Windows 7 Guest account.

What do you do if you have someone visiting your home and that person wants to, for example, surf the Web or access some media on your computer? You could allow the person to log on using an existing account, but that might not be reasonable because of privacy or security concerns. You could set up a separate user account for that person, but that is probably too much work, particularly for a person on a short visit.

A better solution is to take advantage of the Guest account that comes with Windows 7. The Guest account is given only limited privileges, ...

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