I'm running Windows 8 and have enabled the guest account. When I am logged in as my normal user, and click my user name in the top right corner of the Start screen, I get this menu:

Change account picture
Sign out

If I click Guest, Windows switches to the Guest account.

But my problem is that Guest's user menu just contains:

Sign out

and not my user name. So to switch back to my user, I need to log out Guest.

Is there a setting to enable user switching from the Guest account?

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    I am sure it has to do with the extremely low security privileges the guest account has. To defeat this behavior would put the PC at risk, suggest using a regular user account without admin privileges.
    – Moab
    Nov 22, 2012 at 21:48
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    Take a look at this link. There is some info on enabling and disabling this globally. Jan 30, 2013 at 18:46

2 Answers 2


There is an alternative procedure that is almost as easy to perform. While you are logged on as guest and want to switch to another user, press CTRL+ALT+DEL, then click on Switch user. Enjoy switching from guest account without signing out!

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    Works like a charm, how could I miss that? This answer is now the accepted one. Mar 9, 2014 at 10:26

Due to the low capabilities of the guest account on windows operating systems there is really no way of changing the contents of this menu. Instead of creating a guest account have you considered making a new account all together and setting that account to have very few permissions and no password? This way, you have an account with essentially the same function as a guest account while still being able to switch users to and from your normal account.

  • Sounds like a good plan. May 1, 2013 at 18:37
  • thanks. good luck to you and your future computer related endeavors. May 1, 2013 at 20:56

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