Setting User Accounts & Parental Controls

User account:

Several people can work on a single computer by creating their own user account. Every user account has its own settings and preferences. They can be configured to set their own desktop background, screen saver, themes etc. You can create different types of account in your computer. Windows 7 allows you to create, modify and delete a user account. You can also set a password for your user account.

Types of user accounts:

  1. Administrator account: An administrator account allows you to make changes that will affect other users of the computer like installing software or changing security settings of the computer. The built in administrator account is disabled and the account created by the user at the time of installation is used. Administrator account has complete access to your computer.
  2. Standard account: A standard account cannot make changes that will affect other users and security of the computer. Standard account can use most of the programs in the computer but cannot install or uninstall them. Any account that does not have administrative rights is a standard account.
  3. Guest account: A guest account can log onto the computer but will not have access to all of your files.  A guest account can log onto a network, browse the internet and can shutdown the PC.

Creating a new user account in windows7:

  1. Click on ‘Start’- ‘Control panel’ – User accounts and family safety.
  2. Click ‘Add or remove user accounts’. The account management window is displayed.
  3. Click ‘Create a new account’ option on ‘Manage accounts’ page. The ‘Create a new account’ window will appear. In the ‘New account name’ field enter the name of the new account that you want to create.
  4. Select the type of the account. Two options are available namely ‘Administrator and Standard user’. Select the appropriate option and click ‘Create account’ button.
  5. Now the user account has been created and you can see the account in the list of ‘Manage account’ window.

Changing the account name and type:

  1. Click on ‘Start’- ‘Control panel’ – User accounts and family safety.  The ‘User account and family safety’ page appears.
  2. Click ‘User accounts’ from ‘User accounts and family safety’ page. The ‘User account window appears. Click ‘Change your account name’. The ‘Change your name windows appears. Enter the name that you want to change and click ‘Change Name’ button.
  3. Click ‘Change your account type’ from ‘User account’ screen to change the type of user account. Select the required type of account and click ‘Change Account type’.

 

Setting password for the User account:

  1. Click ‘Start’ – ‘Control Panel’- ‘User account and family safety’- User accounts.
  2. Click ‘Create a password for your account’. The create password window appears.
  3. Enter the password that you want to set and confirm the password, type the ‘Password Hint’. Click on ‘Create password’ button.

Parental Control

Parental control helps you to decide how other users want to use your PC. You can block access to a particular game, websites and programs by configuring parental control. You can set time limit in hours that another user can use the computer through parental control utility. Parental control can be applied only to the standard account. You can restrict the kinds of websites that children visit and games, programs, etc. Parental control feature is available in windows 7 Home premium, ultimate & Enterprise editions.

Configure Parental Control:

  1. Click ‘Start’- ‘Control panel’- ‘User account and Family safety’- ‘Parental control’. The ‘Parental control’ windows will appear.
  2. Select the standard user for which you want to set the parental control. Select ‘On, Enforce current settings’ under parental control settings. Set the individual settings such as ‘time limits’, control over ‘games’ and ‘Allow or Block specific programs’ and click ‘Ok’ to apply parental control.

Set Logon Hours:

  1. Click ‘Start’- ‘Control panel’- ‘User account and Family safety’- ‘Parental control’. The ‘Parental control’ windows will appear.
  2. Select the standard user for which you want to restrict logon hours.
  3. If the parental control feature is not enabled, then enable it and click on ‘Time limits’.
  4. Now you can select different logon hours for each and every day of the week by selecting the squares. Blue space indicates ‘blocked’. White space indicates ‘Allowed’.

Block games using parental control:

  1. Click ‘Start’- ‘Control panel’- ‘User account and Family safety’- ‘Parental control’. The ‘Parental control’ windows will appear.
  2. Select the standard user for which you want to apply ‘Game control’.
  3. In the ‘User account control’ windows click the’ Games’ link. Click ‘Yes’ option.
  4. Click on ‘Block or allow specific Games’ link. You can select ‘Always allow’ or ‘always block’ for the games which you want to allow or block.

Parental control is not applicable for administrator and the members of Administrator group.