How to Set Parental Controls on Windows Vista & Windows 7

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1. Click the Start Menu button in the bottom left corner of your screen and select Control Panel.

2. Select “Set up parental controls for any user”.

3. Select the child account that you want to add parental controls to.  If your child doesn’t have their own user account, you’ll want to make them one so they have their own individual safety settings. Please keep in mind that your user account  (administrator) should always have a password on it if you and your child(ren) use the same computer.

4. Click the “On” button and start setting restrictions for your child’s account.

5. You can set Time Limits, Game access, and Allow/Block them from accessing specific programs on that computer. Keep in mind that by setting parental controls in Windows, you are also automatically setting parental controls for Internet Explorer, too.

Time Limits

Windows makes it easy to set a schedule. This is a great way to moderate the amount of time your child spends online on any given day.


Here, parents can restrict and allow certain games, either by rating or by selecting specific titles from a list of games installed on the computer.


You can also use parental controls to limit the number of programs (applications) that your child has access to. For example, if you don’t want them chatting with people on Skype or Windows Messenger, you can leave those two programs unchecked in the window above.

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