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Windows XP user daily time limits?

Asked by jaytkay (23330 points ) November 19th, 2010

Hello Fluther,

I am looking to for software to limit kids’ daily time on the computer.

I want to set a total daily limit, and users can divide it any way they want in a 24 hour period.

This is different from the Windows 7 and Vista Parental Controls, which allows scheduling, like 1PM to 3PM and 6PM to 8PM.

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bluemukaki's avatar

There’s no way to do this just with Windows XP. However there are some downloadable programs I’ve found online.

Romaco Timeout is a utility that does just that – and it seems to offer some other options as well. You can choose a daily quota of time or a session quota – I think you wanted the daily option. It is free to download and use at the moment (from what I gather).

Child Control is another program that does this, but it isn’t free. The benefit of this program is you have more options, like being able to set a daily quota and have blocked times of day, limit internet use, block certain programs etc.

Kidswatch is yet another program that does this. Again, it isn’t free, but does offer more functionality than Romaco Timeout. You can set time limits, block internet access, monitor activity.

All of these will work with XP and also with Vista and Windows 7 if you choose to upgrade in the future.

Walshy's avatar

Just get Windows 7 it’s far superior to XP and Vista and you have child controls built in
Walshy

jaytkay's avatar

@Walsh
As I wrote, what I am looking for is different from the built-in Win7/Vista scheduling.

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