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How do I set computer time limits for my kids on Windows XP like I can with Vista 7?

Asked by jaytkay (23378 points ) October 28th, 2009

Hello all,

I am looking for an XP equivalent to the Vista/7 Parental Controls Time Limits, specifying hours when a user can be logged onto the machine.

For example, if I want to reserve a couple of hours a day for each kid:
Jill can log on from 1pm to 3pm, but not from 3 to 5.
Jack can log in from 3 to 5 but not between 1 and 3.

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erichw1504's avatar

Try this: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/sharedaccess/seeit/athome.mspx

Looks like it does time limits among other useful features.

BhacSsylan's avatar

You could try this. Requires messing with a command line, but the instructions seem easy enough.

jaytkay's avatar

Two great answers so far, thanks!

erichw1504: I thought Steadystate was for classrooms and labs, not for home use. I am downloading it now.

BhacSsylan: Very cool. I can set up some .bat files to start/stop/alter the limits.

This is for some friends, I will show them both and see what they like.

erichw1504's avatar

@jaytkay I don’t know, I just Googled it.

jaytkay's avatar

@jaytkay I don’t know, I just Googled it.

Well, you Googled it better than I did, thanks again!

erichw1504's avatar

Not a problem, did it work for you?

BhacSsylan's avatar

Heh, I googled too >.< Still, glad I could help.

jaytkay's avatar

OK, I tried both and the “net user” command is the answer. Apparently the function is not new in Windows Vista/7, they just put a graphical front end on the command. With XP it’s handled the old-fashioned way.

I didn’t find a way to specify hours of the day in Steadystate. It can log off users after a set interval – for example, limiting them to 1-hour sessions.
Steadystate has a boatload of other restrictions. It can hide the control panel, hide entire drives, prevent modifying the C: drive and a about a hundred more things.
Also, it can remove all changes after each logoff. Very cool for places like libraries and shared computer labs.

Thanks everybody!

BhacSsylan's avatar

Yay! Glad we could help. Also, yeah, steadystate is good for a public computer, but could be rather annoying for a home computer, because whoever has to use it under steadystate gets a rather castrated experience. Unless they’re too young to know the difference, I suppose.

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