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Microsoft Windows 7

Note: Games featuring the "Games for Windows" branding are best able to take full advantage of parental control settings.

To access Windows 7 Parental Controls:

  1. A family using Microsoft WindowsOpen parental controls by clicking on the "Start" button, "Control Panel," and then click "User Accounts and Family Safety"

  2. Click "Set up Parental Controls for Any User."

  3. Under "Users," click a user account to manage. If you haven't already created a user account for your child, click "Create a New User Account" to set up a new account.

  4. Activate parental controls by clicking "On, Enforce Current Settings."

  5. Once parental controls are activated on a child's standard user account, you can adjust the individual settings for each user account including:

"Games." Allow or block games based on the ESRB age-rating level or select specific titles to allow or block by choosing "Games" under the "Parental Controls" menu.

"Time limits." Decide when your child can use the computer by clicking "Time limits" under the "Parental Controls" menu. Use the grid to set blocks of time when your child can use the computer.

"Program Restrictions." Determine which programs your child can use by selecting "Allow and block specific Programs" from the "Parental Controls" menu.

For more on Microsoft Windows 7 parental controls, view this helpful video: Using Parental Controls

Microsoft Windows Vista®

  1. Using your cursor, click on the Windows Vista "Start" button at the lower left corner of your desktop to open the "Start" menu.

  2. Click on the "Instant Search" field and enter "par" to search for Parental Controls.

  3. Click on "Parental Controls."

  4. In the "Settings" menu, click on "Create a new user account." Click on the text field and enter a username.

  5. Click "Create Account." At this point, you will be given a variety of options to set controls for:

    > Web Content - block access to Internet content
    > Computer Games - restrict by ESRB rating
    > Time Limits - select when and for how long the computer can be used

Other tips:

  • Create a separate login for each child in the family

  • Use the "Activity Viewer" feature to monitor your children's use, and to adjust parental control settings. This is found under "User Controls" in the "Parental Controls" section

For more on Microsoft Vista Family Settings, visit: www.gamesforwindows.com/isyourfamilyset