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Old September 5th 05, 11:25 PM
GDH$
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Default XP Home SP2 User Security

I am the Administrator. I would like to restrict computer access to all users.

Would like to make use of all the following options:
- unable for non-administrators to turn on the computer between 10PM and 6AM.
- unable for non-administrators to access internet.
- non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.

What are my best options to control my 13 year old?

Thanks for any assistance you can offer.

G
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Old September 5th 05, 11:48 PM
Shenan Stanley
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GDH$ wrote:
I am the Administrator. I would like to restrict computer access to
all users.

Would like to make use of all the following options:
- unable for non-administrators to turn on the computer between 10PM
and 6AM.
- unable for non-administrators to access internet.
- non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.

What are my best options to control my 13 year old?

Thanks for any assistance you can offer.


Unable to TURN ON the computer?
That is beyond the scope of any computer operating system loaded onto the
hard drive of a computer - after all - until the OS is loaded - all your
Administrative power is moot. Physical access + know-how = ownage.

Then you have a contradiction...

- unable for non-administrators to access internet.
- non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.


Which is it? (although technically - this would have to be done with a
proxy of some sort to be effective.)

I'm afraid that your control of your children would have to be hands on
(should be anyway - but that's an opinion.) If they have access (physical)
to the computer without supervision - they can thwart whatever it is you are
trying to do. You might say "They wouldn't do that" or "They wouldn't know
how". They are growing up with the technology - what seems hard for you to
grasp sometimes seems normal to them. Rest assured, you leave them alone
with it - and if they are curious with any intelligence what-so-ever, your
automated defenses will mean nothing.

You can easily google for the information you seek on Limited (user)
accounts. If you want that much control, you should get Windows XP
Professional as well. It gives you a better security model and control than
Home edition. Make your children "Users" (not power users" and limit the
time they can log in(cannot control power really - but their accounts can be
limited to only be allowed to log in at certain times - however it takes a
third party software to log them off if their time expres!) Install your
AntiSpyware, AntiVirus and (if you are really wanting to check up on them)
logging software.

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Old September 5th 05, 11:58 PM
GDH$
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I agree with your parenting comments.
But as we (my wife and I) work on that....
I was looking for assistance in an area similar to "control/alt/delete"
lock computer with some password.

Is there a password I can set prior to the Admin/User screen??

"Shenan Stanley" wrote:

GDH$ wrote:
I am the Administrator. I would like to restrict computer access to
all users.

Would like to make use of all the following options:
- unable for non-administrators to turn on the computer between 10PM
and 6AM.
- unable for non-administrators to access internet.
- non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.

What are my best options to control my 13 year old?

Thanks for any assistance you can offer.


Unable to TURN ON the computer?
That is beyond the scope of any computer operating system loaded onto the
hard drive of a computer - after all - until the OS is loaded - all your
Administrative power is moot. Physical access + know-how = ownage.

Then you have a contradiction...

- unable for non-administrators to access internet.
- non-adminstrators able to access internet but not Instant Messenger.


Which is it? (although technically - this would have to be done with a
proxy of some sort to be effective.)

I'm afraid that your control of your children would have to be hands on
(should be anyway - but that's an opinion.) If they have access (physical)
to the computer without supervision - they can thwart whatever it is you are
trying to do. You might say "They wouldn't do that" or "They wouldn't know
how". They are growing up with the technology - what seems hard for you to
grasp sometimes seems normal to them. Rest assured, you leave them alone
with it - and if they are curious with any intelligence what-so-ever, your
automated defenses will mean nothing.

You can easily google for the information you seek on Limited (user)
accounts. If you want that much control, you should get Windows XP
Professional as well. It gives you a better security model and control than
Home edition. Make your children "Users" (not power users" and limit the
time they can log in(cannot control power really - but their accounts can be
limited to only be allowed to log in at certain times - however it takes a
third party software to log them off if their time expres!) Install your
AntiSpyware, AntiVirus and (if you are really wanting to check up on them)
logging software.

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html



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Old September 6th 05, 12:08 AM
ottermi619 (A+)
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QUOTE: Is there a password I can set prior to the Admin/User screen??

If you're talking abou the User Logon interface, go to Start, select "Run",
then type in "SysKey", click OK or press Enter. On the dialog window that
appears, click the Update button. In the resulting dialog box, choose the
"Password Startup" option button, then type in and confirm the desired
password.
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Old September 6th 05, 02:34 AM
GDH$
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THANKS. Big help. This is what I needed.

Greg

"ottermi619 (A+)" wrote:

QUOTE: Is there a password I can set prior to the Admin/User screen??

If you're talking abou the User Logon interface, go to Start, select "Run",
then type in "SysKey", click OK or press Enter. On the dialog window that
appears, click the Update button. In the resulting dialog box, choose the
"Password Startup" option button, then type in and confirm the desired
password.
--
This is A SQUARE HOUSE. Please report any un-fairness to the proprietor

 




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