Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How To Use Parental Controls In Windows 7

With Windows 7, Microsoft has introduced new parental control features, which will help you to have a control over your child's use of the computer. According to Windows tech support, you can use these features with a few simple steps. In this post, we will take you through the steps involved in this process.

Steps Involved

The first step is to open the 'Start' menu by clicking the 'Windows' logo in the desktop and in the 'Control Panel' window, choose 'User Account and Family Safety'. Under this option, you can find 'Parental Controls'. Select this option and then, click the user account of your child. Remember that if there is no separate user profile for your child, then it is advisable to create one. Once you select the user profile, you can see the title as 'Set up how 'user profile name' will use the computer. Below the option 'Parental Controls', choose 'On, enforce current settings'. Then choose the different options below the settings like 'Time limits', 'Games' and 'Allow and block specific programs'.

Time limits

Once you select this option, you will be taken to a new window that shows you a table with Sunday to Monday and 24-hour timings. Now, you can choose the day and time when you do not want your child to use the computer. All you need to do is click the blue box that has 'Blocked' written in it and click the hour boxes on specific days. The boxes turn blue and during these hours in the particular day, your child will not be able to access this user account. Once you finish choosing the time and days, select the option 'OK' to save the settings.


Click the option 'Games' and this will take you to the window for game settings in the operating system. In this window, you can even block all games in the computer. The first option asks you whether the particular user account can play games or not. If you want to block all games in the computer, simply select the option 'No'. You can also set game ratings by choosing the option 'Set Game Settings'.

Allow and block specific programs

This is the third parental control settings in Windows 7. Click this option and you can decide on the Programs that your child can use and block the others.

With the above steps, you can restrict your child’s usage of Windows 7 computers. For additional help, you may contact Windows tech support or our technical support team.

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