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Set a time limit when using a PC

February 2016

Too much time sitting in front of a computer is not a very good habit, especially for children who would much rather spend hours browsing the internet than doing their homework. To that end, a specific time frame can be set so that a user can only use a computer for a stipulated period of time. Obviously, an NET USER user_account/TIME:day,start_time-end_time is the command to be written in command prompt and some more tweaking can be done thereafter.

Set a time limit when using a PC


If you have multiple user accounts, it is possible using the NET USER command to limit the time spent on the computer for each account; this will stop your children from spending too much time in front of the PC for example.


To do this, you must have at least one administrator account (protected by a password) and a limited account. The administrator has more rights than the limited, therefore we can control the limited account from the account administrator.

Here's how it works:
  • Log into the Administrator account.
  • Go to Start > Run and type CMD then click OK.
  • In the command prompt, type the following command, adapting it to your needs:

NET USER user_account/TIME:day,start_time-end_time

What is in upper case will not vary and the other parameters are:
  • user_account is the name of the limited account user a (control)
  • The day of the week to limit the use of the PC; you can define a range of days like this: start_time-end_time
  • start_time-end_time: time slot where the use of PC is permitted
  • You can define several time slots, separated by a semicolon (;).
  • When you press "Enter", you'll have this message: "The command completed successfully." If this is not the case, then you have probably made a mistake somewhere.


  • net user Test /time:Saturday-Monday,15:00-21:00

To limit the use of the PC to Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 15:00 to 21:00. Outside this range, the "Test" user will receive an error message when trying to connect.
  • net user Test /time:Saturday,15:00-16:00;Saturday,20:00-21:00

The PC can only be used on Saturdays from 15:00 to 16:00 and from 20:00 to 21:00.
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By night_eagle on September 7, 2008
Original article published by night_eagle. Translated by jak58. - Latest update by Celia Gatward
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