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