How to Retrieve Files from Guest Account?

“Hi, my friend had used my computer for some emergency task. He did not know the password to login as admin. Therefore he had logged on using Guest account and saved some data in it. He wanted to collect data which was saved in guest account on my PC, but it was not possible. In my system, the Guest account users can’t save anything permanently. When Guest account was logged off, the saved files get erased automatically. Please help me suggesting a way to recover files from Guest account. Thanks in advance...”

Guest account is an account type which can be used by anyone on your PC. But there are chances of people using it without much of care which leads to unpleasant scenarios. The users may download files from any untrustworthy websites or they may copy and store any infected files from external devices. So there is a fear of files getting deleted even from Guest account if you provide any authority. Hence, to restrict access to your personal files and keep the system safe from any threats like viruses and malwares; Guest accounts are used. Therefore you can customize the settings in a way to delete files soon after the Guest user logs off and do not save any changes made by him on the PC as depicted in the above paragraph.

Apart from that, you may lose data saved on Guest account due to various reasons like other user accounts on computer as listed below.

  • Format hard drive or any of its partition for various reasons wipes out entire data from its file system. Information of address location where files are saved and their attributes will be erased from formatted drive
  • The file transfer process from the Guest account to any external drive on computer may get interrupted due to sudden system shutdown causing data loss
  • While deleting unwanted data from Guest account, you may select vital files or folders and delete them using Shift + Delete keys

The list goes on… But do not panic in situation which has resulted in loss of files from Guest account on your computer. You can get back deleted or lost files from Guest account of your Windows computer using the best file restoration software like Yodot File Recovery.

Tool for recovering files from Guest account:

Irrespective of the cause, files that are deleted or missing from Guest account can be recovered back with ease using Yodot File Recovery software. It has the capability to retrieve Microsoft Office Word documents, Powerpoint files, Excel spreadsheets, Outlook data files, access file, archive files, PDF files, basic media files types, etc. from Guest account. This file retrieval tool provides an option to choose specified file types which you want to restore from Guest account and thus reduce time which is consumed for searching all file types. Users can try demo version of this tool to know the file recovery procedure and to check the efficiency of using this tool. Activate the software just before saving your precious files recovered from Guest account. Not only Guest account files, but it can also restore files from other user accounts on Windows system using this file recovery application.

Procedural steps to recover files from Guest Account:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery software and install it on your PC
  • Run the tool and select “Deleted File Recovery” or “Lost File Recovery” from main screen which suits the scenario faced by you
  • Then select drive of computer and click on next; Select file types from next screen and hit on next
  • The program begins data recovery process by scanning selected drive for particular file types
  • Once the file recovery process completes, view restored files in “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • At last save recovered files using Save option on any drive you prefer on your computer


  • Double check whether you are deleting right files before clicking on ‘Delete’ option
  • Copy important files in Guest account to external storage drive so that there is no fear of losing files after logging off