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Delete XP Built-in guest account

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I need to complete remove the built-in Guest account from Windows XP....I know how to disable the account, but I need to know if there is a way to completely remove that account from the machine.  I tried right-clicking the Guest account and hitting Delete from Local Users & Group window, but it's a no-go, get an error message saying built-in accounts cannot be deleted, and I am logged in as an administrator.

I also ran a command prompt as an admin, and used the 'net user guest /delete' command, and same error (System error 1371....cannot perform this operation on built-in accounts)

Any help?
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The reason you can't delete built-in accounts such as Guest is that you wouldn't be able to re-create them. The SIDs of the old and new accounts wouldn't match, and the permissions and privileges of these accounts would be lost. Because of this, Windows doesn't let you delete built-in accounts.

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Well Microsoft discusses the Guest account here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300489

This link http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f10/cant-delete-guest-user-account-149096.html discusses a method to disable the Guest account.  It is fairly well down.  Use at your own risk and note the warning to backup your registry.
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Please hava a look at this: Tom's Hardware Forum Windows XP : General Discussion - How to delete the guest account
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