Newbie question on Guest account in Vista Home

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by pattyjamas, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. pattyjamas

    pattyjamas Guest

    Long time XP user.
    Have an Admin Account I set up with Vista with a name of Patty and a
    password

    I set up a guest account for others to use with no password.

    When i log off of Patty account and onto Guest account things seem
    fine

    BUT.....

    I see that while in guest account I can change the type of account to
    ADMIN through control panel or if I click on the Windows Logo on
    bottom left, then click on the picture above where it says Guest (in
    the menu).


    Why does it allow change to Admin???

    Is this a bug?

    Should I set up a standard user account?


    I do not want anyone in guest to install programs, etc..


    Thanks
    Patty
     
    pattyjamas, Jun 11, 2008
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  2. pattyjamas

    Nonny Guest

    Did you use the built-in Guest account, or did you set up your own?

    Either way, make sure that the account is a "Standard" account that
    doesn't have Admin rights.
     
    Nonny, Jun 11, 2008
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  3. pattyjamas

    Malke Guest

    If you enabled Guest instead of making a new Standard user account called
    something simple like "Visitors", that is why you're seeing this behavior.
    Guest is disabled by default in Windows XP, Vista, Linux, Unix, and OS X
    for a reason.

    From TechNet:

    "The Guest account is intended for users who require temporary access to the
    system. However, if this account is enabled, a security risk may exist
    because an unauthorized user could gain anonymous access to the system
    through this account."

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb418978(TechNet.10).aspx

    So if you enabled Guest, disable it now and create a Standard user account
    for your visitors. Then the restrictions you want will apply.


    Malke
     
    Malke, Jun 11, 2008
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  4. pattyjamas

    pattyjamas Guest

    Thanks so much
    Patty
     
    pattyjamas, Jun 11, 2008
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