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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
If you have more than one user logging in to a single computer and any of those users are under the age of majority, you might want to consider using parental controls to control things like the amount of time they can spend on the computer, or on a specific program, or the ratings for the games that they're allowed to access, and so on. They are called Parental Controls, and we access them from the Control Panel here under User Accounts and Family Safety. Next, we'll click Parental Controls. Now from here, you'll see a list of the various user accounts on the computer.
If you want to set up controls for someone who's not on this list, you actually have to create a brand new account for them. There's also options down below for Windows Live Family Safety, something we're going to talk about in the chapter dealing with Windows Live Essentials. So, if you've installed that, you might see a little prompt here and there. But let's go to manipulate the parental controls for our Kids account. If you've got another account that you can work with and follow along with me, great. Otherwise, sit back and just watch and learn.
Notice this is the window that pops up for Windows Live Family Safety filter, and if I wanted to, I could login with my Windows Live ID at this point and get those additional options, but like I said, we are going to talk about them later on. So we'll just close this window. Well, if you haven't installed Windows Live Essentials, you won't even see it, and this is the screen you'll see in Control Panel. Here's where we set up how kids in this case will use the computer. That's because we selected the user account called Kids. So the first thing we need to do is turn-on Parental Controls.
That gives us access to the various Windows Settings as well as these options on the right for Time Limits, Game Ratings, and Program Limits. Let's start with Time limits. We want to limit the amount of time or when they can actually login to the computer. So we'll choose Off by clicking it. If you see a message dealing with FAT drives, that's because you've got a drive that's been formatted using this type of partition, and if you wanted to control any the games installed on a FAT partition, you actually have to convert it to NTFS but if you don't see that, great.
Otherwise, just keep that in mind when it comes to Game Ratings. Right now, we're just talking about when the kids are going to be allowed to use this computer. So right now, the white blocks that we see across the board means that they are allowed to use it at any time. Well let's go in and block some time. Perhaps, they should be doing homework from 07:00 until 08:00 on weekdays. So we'll go over here to the right- hand side in PM, and we'll click next to Monday between 7 and 8, we'll do the same for the rest of the weekdays.
So, now they are blocked from logging in. If they try to login during those times, they'll be denied access. And if there's any other time that you want to make sure they're not logging in, so some of these late hours, you can also just click-and-drag to speed it up. There we go, and when you're done, click OK. And then you've set up the time limits. You'll notice that it now appears as On. Game Ratings, if we click Off, can kids play games? Yes.
We can set Game Ratings by using this link, and we can choose to block or allow specific games. Now I don't happen to have anything installed here in the way of games, so it doesn't apply. But here's where you go to select the various games and setup Game Ratings. So, I'll click OK. Program Limits as well, if we click off here. Kids can use all programs is the default, or you can choose to allow your kids to only use the programs that you decide on. So you can see it's going to take a while here to locate all of the different programs that are installed.
All you have to do is go through them, and check off the ones that you think that they should be allowed to use. So, I am just going to scroll down here to PowerPoint, select it, and OneNote, and Microsoft Access, and click OK. And those are the programs that can be used, not the ones that can't. Now our status has changed to On and we've limited the actual programs that they're able to access. So here we got Time limits, Games, Allow and block, the exact same thing.
Clicking these takes you to the exact same spot as clicking On or Off on the right-hand side. So you can make changes from here as well. I'm going to add some more and click OK. When you're done, click OK and you got your Parental Controls set up for the selected user account. You can now go to other user accounts, and repeat the process, or simply close up Control Panel if you're done working with Parental Controls.
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