How to Change Parental Controls With the Command Prompt


Some parents choose to restrict computer access to their children to prevent them from playing games for too long, or from exposure to inappropriate online content. Windows-based computers include basic Parental Controls settings that parents can apply to a child's user account. This sets time limits for computer usage and blocks access to specific games and programs, such as instant messaging clients. If you don't want to change your computer's Parental Controls feature from the Control Panel, you can access it from the Command Prompt instead.

  • Click the "Start" button on the desktop taskbar.

  • Enter "Command Prompt" into the Start menu search input box.

  • Double-click "Command Prompt" in the search results. This launches the computer's Command Prompt application in a new window.

  • Type the following command into the Command Prompt window:

    "control /name Microsoft.ParentalControls."

  • Press "Enter" or "Return" on the computer keyboard. This opens the computer's Parental Controls feature in a new dialog box.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you've opened the Parental Controls dialog box with the Command Prompt, you can select your preferred settings from the available options for each user account. Choose the relevant user account in the "Users" section, then apply the settings from the options under "Additional Controls." You can choose to block games, remove access to specific programs and set a computer usage time limit for the user.

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