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Missing Guest Account does not show on log in page

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Missing Guest Account does not show on log in page


    I am running windows 8.1 and have noticed I am not given a choice anymore between my account and guest account. I have gone to control panel (users and accounts) and Guest Account does not show. However when I go to turn on Guest Account, it is already on. It just will not show up on my login page. Any suggestions would be welcomed,

    Thank you

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Luvthekeys View Post
    I am running windows 8.1 and have noticed I am not given a choice anymore between my account and guest account. I have gone to control panel (users and accounts) and Guest Account does not show. However when I go to turn on Guest Account, it is already on. It just will not show up on my login page. Any suggestions would be welcomed,

    Thank you
    Hello Luvthekeys, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If the Guest account does not show up in your "Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Manage another account", then where are you checking to turn on the Guest account that it displays there?
    When you are on the sign in screen, do you have a back arrow button at the top left to click on to see all users?

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    I checked as you asked and the guest account does show when I access "manage another account". It shows that it is on but yet it does not display at the log in screen. There is no back arrow on the log in screen. I know there is a guest account but the only option I have at the log in screen is my personal account.

    One thing I did notice was a yellow exclamation in home groups with the message

    "My actual name has joined your computer to a homegroup. You have not shared any of your libraries with the your homegroup. Click the link below to change what you are sharing. Dont shut down or restart your computer until sharing is finished."

    I have no idea if this is relevant to why my guest account will not display on the logon screen. Do i need to belong to a home group or should I just leave the homegroup?

    Thanks again for your help.
    Last edited by Luvthekeys; 23 Feb 2014 at 19:30.
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  4. #4


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    If you don't want to be part of the homegroup, then you could just leave it.

    Does the guest account show as turned on or enabled in the other options in the tutorial below?

    Guest Account - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    As a test, turn off the guest account, restart the PC, turn on the guest account, and see if you may have it show up afterwards.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Tried your suggestion still of turning guest account off and rebooting then turning it back on and rebooting with no luck. The Guest account can be seen in manage other accounts and is turned on. I just do not see it when the computer boots up. I am only given my own account as a choice. Since at times other family members infrequently use my computer I would like to have them use the Guest account not mine. I removed myself from the homegroup but that made no difference. My account says I am the Administrator and is Password protected. There also a screensaver which locks after non use for a period of time. When I boot up the screensaver is active and I have to click on it to get to my login to enter my password. It used to boot up given me a choice of my account and guest account without having to click through the screensaver security screen. Dont know if that has anything to do with it.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    @ Luvthekeys:
    You could try leaving Guest Account off in Control Panel and adding another one in Metro PC Settings.
    Just make it a Local Account without a password and name it 'Guest 2', (it won't let you name it 'Guest')
    Granted, it doesn't fix your problem but it may be an alternative for now.
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  7. #7


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    In addition, after creating the new local account without a password, you could add it to the Guests group, and remove it from the Users group. This way the account would be the same as the Guest account.

    User Accounts - Add or Remove from Groups - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  8. #8


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    okay tried to create guest2 account however while it was created it too will not display on bootup. I was reading that if you require a username and password at login screen it would prevent guest account from showing up. However I have no idea if I enabled that option somehow or how to turn it off if I did. Thanks again for your suggestions, I am not giving up on this.
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  9. #9


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    Does it require you to enter both your user name and password on the sign in screen, or just your account picture asking for only the password?

    Sign in with User Name and Password in Windows 8
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  10. #10


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Just the account picture. I only have to enter my password.
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