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How do I remove Guest account from Start Screen user menu?

  1. #1


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    How do I remove Guest account from Start Screen user menu?


    Guest account disabled, never been enabled, still I have it on user menu.

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    How to remove it?

    Kari

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Turn it off.

    Guest Account - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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    Last edited by Brink; 30 Nov 2013 at 19:34. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3. #3



    The Contemplator
    (1963-2013)
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    Hi Kari,

    It must have gotten enabled somehow, perhaps without you realising you've done it. It isn't showing for me, but you can disable it by issuing, in an Elevated Command Prompt, the following:

    Guest Account - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    net user guest /active:no

    If that doesn't clear it, you might need to enable it (net user guest /active:yes) before disabling it with the above command.
    Last edited by Brink; 30 Nov 2013 at 19:34. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  4. #4


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Guys, I quote the first sentence of my original post:
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Guest account disabled, never been enabled, still I have it on user menu.
    I have never ever in my life enabled a Guest account on any Windows version, so that is not the issue here. Can't turn off something that has never been on.

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    I have tried net user guest /active:no, did not work. I would not like to activate it in order to disable it before I have tested all possible ideas.

    Kari
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  5. #5



    The Contemplator
    (1963-2013)
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    Did you try my suggestion with the Command Prompt? I've just checked it, and enabling it there causes it to appear in the User Menu, as you have in Post#1. It still says that it is Off in User Accounts.
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  6. #6


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Yes, I have tried. Checked all our rigs, it's appearing on each and every 8 PC although account is not active and is turned off. Only common nominator seems to be that all rigs have multiple active user accounts, at least 4 on each.
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  7. #7


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK, so first activating net user Guest, then disabling it and finally rebooting, it's gone now .

    Thanks Dwarf for the tip.

    Kari
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  8. #8



    The Contemplator
    (1963-2013)
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    You're welcome, Kari.

    Sometimes, a setting gets stuck either in the registry or in some file or other (or even both) and toggling the setting (which is what I suggested and what you have done) seems to clear the issue.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 77
    Windows 8 HP Envy


    I have the same problem and its still there after doing your suggestions.
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