How To Setup Parental Controls Windows 7

By SpiderGuest

15 March 2011

Your children spending a bit too long on your PC every night? Not sure what they are browsing and want to restrict them?

Did you know that you can apply Parental Controls within Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 7?

We have got the whole process for you in a simple, easy and precise step by step guide for you.

It is necessary to employ a Windows 7 parental controls feature as one user will have an administrative account and the other account will be standard and restricted in terms of functionality and what it can do.

Step 1. Go to the Windows Control Panel

In the Windows Control Panel, look for the section ‘User Accounts and Family Safety’ and select ‘Add or Remove user accounts’.

Step 2. Manage Accounts

On the Manage Accounts section, click the Create a new account link and type in the username of your new account – it could be worthwhile having the username as your kids name.

Select Standard user with the radio button and select ‘Create Account’.

If you want to create another user, just click the Create new Account link again.

Step 3. Setup Parental Controls

To enter the Parental Controls, click Start and then select Control Panel. You will need to pick Category from the View by dropdown menu (if this isn’t currently selected) and then click ‘Setup parental controls for any user’ link which is below the User Accounts and Family safety heading.

Step 4. Parental Control Configurations

Windows 7 offers various different types of parental controls: time limits, age-rating controls and application blocking. To enable these options before they can be tweaked, click the ‘On, enforce current settings’ radio button.

Step 5. Setup time controls

Once you have clicked the time restrictions panel, it will display a grid map of the week in one-hour blocks.

Initially all of the time slots are blank (white) meaning that the user is able to log on and use the PC whenever they want.

To restrict the availability of logging onto the pc, left-click on the time-slot square to colour it from white to blue. This will indicate to the user that the account will be unable to log on during this time-slot.

If you are to right click, hold down and drag the mouse over a time-slot, you can select blocks of time easily.

Once you have selected the set-time, select Ok and return to the main Parental Control screen.

Step 6. Set Game Controls

Windows 7 parental controls allow parents to also manage games and applications that the user is allowed to execute. One restriction in which parents can make is going to be is a ban on age-restricted games e.g. 18+.

Step 7. Game Restrictions

You can alternatively manage game-playing by age ratings. Games which are sold in the UK can carry on of either the following ratings: Pan European Game Information (PEGI) and British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Windows 7 recognises these ratings and allows parents to block specific age groups e.g. 18+ etc.

All the user has to do is select ‘Block games with no rating’ and select the desired group.

Step 8. Game Restrictions part 2

Back at the Game Restrictions home screen, at the bottom, you can select tick boxes of the type of games which you want to have banned. From Drugs, Fear and many different options to select from, it helps parent’s combat violent gaming for younger players. Once you have applied the appropriate bans, press Ok and then you’re all done for the gaming restrictions.

Step 9. Program limiting

As well as gaming restrictions, you can micro-manage which applications the user can and can’t execute. To set this up, click the ‘Allow and block specific programs’ link on the Game Restrictions dialogue box. Once you have applied all of these blocked programs, select Ok and you’re finished. Now, if the user tries to execute the blocked application, a warning message will be displayed.

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