How To: Enable Or Turn On Guest Mode Feature In Windows 7
Microsoft’s new generation operating system Windows 7 includes a hidden and interesting feature called Guest Mode that is primarily aimed at shared consumer PCs that need to be returned to their original running state after being used by a child or guest.Windows 7 Guest Mode isn’t the same as the “Guest Account”, sometimes enabled on your system.It is just a feature of the User Accounts setup that an administrator can enable or disable, with one sub-option to control drive access.The Guest Mode can be enabled on individual user accounts; when user logs off or the PC reboots, those accounts are wiped clean and returned to their original configuration.Simply says,Guest Mode takes a snapshot of how a PC was working before the kid, friend,guest or whoever else is using the Guest Mode account logs on.That user can’t do much to alter the system, and whatever they can do, like dropping files on the desktop, is discarded when they log off.Guest Mode feature in Windows 7 is very useful for classrooms, libraries, and other shared computing scenarios, but this feature really designed for home use, where parents may want to configure the feature for their children.Guest Mode was originally called PC Safeguard and safeguarded Windows 7 user accounts are added to a unique new local user group called SafeZone.
Some Salient Features of Windows 7 Guest Mode:
Guest Mode feature in Windows 7;
- Makes it impossible for the user to change any system settings
- Doesn’t allow the user to install and software or change existing software settings
- Doesn’t allow the user to write to the disk outside his/her profile. All changes are temporary.
- Deletes all data saved during the session after the user logs off or the PC reboots
How to Enable Or Turn on Guest Mode in Windows 7:
- Click on Windows 7 Start and then go to Control Panel
- Open User Accounts and Family Safety, then click on User Accounts
- Click Manage another account. Now either select and existing one (not the Administrator account though), or create a new one
- Click Set up Guest Mode. Click the Turn on Guest Mode radio button
- Also you can choose which drives you want to lock by clicking on Lock drives (advanced). All local drives are locked by default, but you can also lock a removable drive, so that the user won’t be able to mess up your files.
Microsoft warns that in Windows 7 Beta using Guest Mode feature and doing the following tasks could kill the Guest Mode account:
- Changing any HomeGroup settings
- Using CardSpace to create a personal InfoCard
- Installing Adobe Flash Player
And dont run Windows Media Center from Guest Mode in Windows 7, because it will just stop responding.