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Running Standard User With Parental Controls In Windows 7

You can use Parental Controls to help manage how your children use the computer. For example, you can set limits on the hours that your children can use the computer, the types of games they can play, and the programs they can run.

When Parental Controls blocks access to a game or program, notification is displayed that the program has been blocked. Your child can click a link in the notification to request permission for access to that game or program. You can allow access by entering your account information.

You may be wondering what the experience is like running a standard user account to which Parental Controls have been applied. For the most part, it’s just like running a standard account normally, but certain actions will trigger Parental Controls blocks, depending on how you’ve configured Parental Control restrictions.

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For example, if the user attempts to log on to the system during a restricted time period, he or she will be prevented from doing so, as shown in Figure below.

Running as Standard User with Parental Controls in Windows 7

Figure: Sorry, Johnny: your parents say it’s too late to be computing.

Similarly, if you try to run an application that is not explicitly allowed by Parental Controls, you will see the dialog shown in Figure below.

Running Standard User with Parental Controls in Windows 7

Figure: Sorry, but this application is being blocked by Windows 7’s Parental Controls.

Note that you can ask for permission to run individual blocked applications. When you choose this option, the User Account Control credentials dialog appears (see Figure below) giving parents a chance to review the action and decide whether or not to give their permission.

Running as Standard User with Parental Controls in Windows_7

Figure: If parents are around, they can okay blocked activities.

Incidentally, some activities are simply blocked and can’t be overridden. If you specifically block a game or application, for example, even a parent can’t unblock it on the fly, as shown in Figure below. Instead you have to make a configuration change in Parental Controls, back in your own account.

Running as Standard User with Parental Controls in Windows 7

Figure: Programs that are specifically blocked can’t be overridden on the fly.

Some of the options related to blocking and allowing games on a computer running  Windows 7 rely on the game to register itself with the operating system. In some cases, users might be able to download games from the Internet and run them directly.

Game-related restrictions might not apply to these programs. As with many security and privacy features, it is important to use game ratings in conjunction with other Parental Controls options.

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