How To Use Vista Parental Controls

Parental Controls Main Screen

Main Parental Controls Screenshot
Main Parental Controls Screenshot

Vista Parental Controls Introduction

Many people do not know how to use parental controls, but would like to restrict access to what their children, or guests may view. You are able to restrict access certain web pages, websites, games, certain programs in general, or even the number of hours which they can log on to the computer.

Remember that if your computer is directly connected to a domain the parental controls cannot be used. The first thing you want to ensure that you have a separate profile for your kids, or guests to login to. This is so you can apply the parental controls to their account, as the restrictions are on a per account basis. The new account profile cannot have an administrator access, it must be a standard profile.

How To Use Vista Parental Controls

Setup A New Profile


  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel

  3. Click Add Or Remove Users

  4. You will get a prompt asking to gain access it by windows simply hit continue

  5. Click on the link under the box that lists all existing user profiles, that says Create A New Account.

  6. Put in the name of the new user profile, and set to standard user

  7. Click Create Account.

  8. Now you have the profile created, you must enable the parental controls onto the new user profile.

Enable Vista Parental Controls


  1. Click Start

  2. Open the Control Panel

  3. Click Setup Parental Controls For Any User

  4. Select the new user profile you created

  5. Click ON under the parental Controls

Now that you have enabled the parental controls on the new user profile, you can now alter the individual settings controlling what is restricted. You have the choices of the following:

WARNING!!!

YOUR CHILDREN MAY BE VIEWING X RATED MATERIALS ON THE INTERNET IF YOU HAVE NO PARENTAL CONTROLS ACTIVE ON THEIR PROFILE.

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Restrict or Block By Time Screen

Restrict or block access during certain times with Windows Vista Parental Controls
Restrict or block access during certain times with Windows Vista Parental Controls

Restrict By Time

You are able to restrict what hours they are able to login to the computer under that profile. If they are currently logged in, it will log them out automaticly when they reach a restricted duration. You are able to have different hour restrictions based on each day of the week.


  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel

  3. Click User Accounts

  4. Select the appropriate user

  5. Click Set Up Parental Controls (if prompted for administrator access input password, or continue)

  6. Make sure it is set to ON

  7. Click Time Limits. There will be a grid which you can then click the hours that you will allow them to have access to the computer under that login.

Restrict or Block Web Access Screen

Restrict or Block Web Access with Windows Vista Parental Controls
Restrict or Block Web Access with Windows Vista Parental Controls

Web Restrictions


This will restrict certain websites by rating, set up content filters that will block them based on the content being viewed, and block downloads if desired. To restrict access, or grant access to certain websites follow the steps below:


  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel

  3. Click User Accounts

  4. Select the appropriate user

  5. Click Set Up Parental Controls (if prompted for administrator access input password, or continue)

  6. Make sure it is set to ON

  7. Click Windows Vista Web Filter

  8. Click Block Some Websites or Content

  9. Now you are able to edit the allowed, and blocked website list.

In the website URL box you can type the address of the site you wish to allow or block.

Restrict Web Content Automaticly

If you would like to block content automatically based on filters, and ratings which you can adjust follow the steps below:


  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel

  3. Click User Accounts

  4. Select the appropriate user

  5. Click Set Up Parental Controls (if prompted for administrator access input password, or continue)

  6. Make sure it is set to ON

  7. Click Windows Vista Filter

  8. Block Some Content Automatically, then you are able to select the level of content you want blocked automatically.

Blocking Games Screen

Block Access To Games with Windows Vista Parental Controls
Block Access To Games with Windows Vista Parental Controls

Allowing or Blocking Games

  • You can block all games

  • Certain ratings of game

  • Block by age limited games

  • Specific games can be blocked or allowed

Even all unrated games, this will ensure an unrated game that may not be appropriate will automaticly be blocked until it becomes a rated game, then it would fall under the other sections of game restrictions.

To Block All Games

  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel

  3. Click User Accounts

  4. Select the appropriate user

  5. Click Set Up Parental Controls (if prompted for administrator access input password, or continue)

  6. Make sure it is set to ON

  7. Click Games

  8. Under the Person's Name Can They Play Games?Select No


To Block Games By Age Rating

  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel

  3. Click User Accounts

  4. Select the appropriate user

  5. Click Set Up Parental Controls (if prompted for administrator access input password, or continue)

  6. Make sure it is set to ON

  7. On Can Person's Name Play Games? Select Yes

  8. Click Set Game Ratings, now you can block or allow different games by rating, and content.

To Block Games By Content

  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel

  3. Click User Accounts

  4. Select the appropriate user

  5. Click Set Up Parental Controls (if prompted for administrator access input password, or continue)

  6. Make sure it is set to ON

  7. On Can Person's Name Play Games? Select Yes

  8. Go to block or allow games by rating and content types, select Set Game Ratings

  9. Here you will want to select the content that you would like blocked.

To Block Specific Games

  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel

  3. Click User Accounts

  4. Select the appropriate user

  5. Click Set Up Parental Controls (if prompted for administrator access input password, or continue)

  6. Make sure it is set to ON

  7. On Can Person's Name Play Games? Select Yes

  8. Under the block or allow game on your computer by name, select allow or block specific games.

  9. You will see an alphabetical list of the games that are installed on your computer. Select the games that you would like blocked, and click Always Block.

Restricting Access To Programs Screen

Allow Or Block Certain Programs - Windows Vista
Allow Or Block Certain Programs - Windows Vista

Restricting Access To Certain Programs

If there are specific programs that you may have installed on your computer, that you do not want them to gain access to you can restrict certain ones as necessary. For example you may not want them to have access to your financial information in Quicken, you could restrict Quicken access from their user profile.


  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel

  3. Click User Accounts

  4. Select the appropriate user

  5. Click Set Up Parental Controls (if prompted for administrator access input password, or continue)

  6. Make sure it is set to ON

  7. Click on Block Specific Programs

  8. Click on the user profile name again, this will restrict them to only using programs that you allow them manually.

Now you can select the programs you wish to allow, if they do not show within the list, click browse and manually locate where the executable file for that program is on your hard drive. Select that icon and now that will be added to the programs they are allowed to gain access.

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boby325 5 years ago from Bangladesh

Good informtion to control the use of computer by childrens. Thanks...

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