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By Turbocharge ·
Hello

I've set up a limited user account in windows XP with broadband password already saved in the connection software.

Is it possible to time-limit the account so that people can only log on at specified times (eg. 9am - 5pm) ?

And am I correct in assuming that user with other logon ID's who have access to this account will not be able to copy the broadband logon password from the connection settings?

All I'm trying to do is make the internet available at certain times without having to dislose the broadband logon password on a home pc.

Thanks in advance.

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by JRod86 In reply to limiting windows user acc ...

Are you trying to limit the broadband usage overall? You can get an inexpensive router that will not allow a MAC address to connect to the internet through certain times. That would be the easiest way. I don't think there is a way to do that in XP (I'm assuming home if you have a limited user account).

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by Turbocharge In reply to

I managed to find the answer elsewhere,
(taken from http://www.tech-recipes.com/windows_security_tips412.html):

Description
By using this technique you can limit when your children or employees are able to use a system.

Directions
I have used this multiple times. Two examples...

My children have personal accounts on our home box and log-in to the internet from these accounts. Using this technique I can make sure that they can only log-in during certain times of the day (as in when I can supervise them.)

Several computers at my office had been getting crazy stuff installed on them at night. Some employees were staying all night surfing and absorbing bandwidth. This technique limits their use to more appropriate hours.

Here are the steps to activate limitations:

1. Click on the Start Menu
2. Click Run
3. Type CMD in the Open textbox and click OK
4. In the command window type:

net user accountname /times:M-F,8am-8pm; Sa,8am-5pm;Su,8am-1pm

Replace accountname with the name of the account you wish to limit. The time command is a bit tricky, but the above example is easy to replace with the appropriate values. Here's microsoft's further information regarding the format of the time command:

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Specifies the times that users are allowed to use the computer. Time is limited to 1-hour increments. For the day values, you can spell out or use abbreviations (that is, M,T,W,Th,F,Sa,Su). You can use 12-hour or 24-hour notation for hours. If you use 12-hour notation, use AM and PM, or A.M. and P.M. The value all means a user can always log on. A null value (blank) means a user can never log on. Separate day and time with commas, and units of day and time with semicolons (for example, M,4AM-5PM;T,1PM-3PM). Do not use spaces when designating times.

Here are the steps to turn off limitations:
1. Click on the Start Menu
2. Click Run
3. Type CMD in the Open textbox and click OK
4. In the command window type:

net user accountname /times:all

Once again, replace accountname with the name of the account you wish to change.

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by saihib In reply to limiting windows user acc ...

I think a little clarification is in order. Are you saying that you want your kids to be able to get on the computer at any time but only have internet access at certain times? Post a comment.

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by Turbocharge In reply to

Hello saihib, yes that is correct. This seems possible with the net user command.

The kids have their own login accounts, but cannot access the internet as I have not given them the internet password. They can however also log on into another account which has the internet password already saved in is settings. With net user I can limit the hours during which they can access the internet.

On another note, is it possible to prevent the kids from clearing the history files, or the temporary internet files? (We tend to use more of Mozilla than explorer).

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