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Windows 2000, power user, adminstrator user etc?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Streaker, Nov 8, 2001.

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  1. Streaker

    Streaker Thread Starter

    Feb 13, 2001
    Can I use the different user types in Windows 2000 to pick and choose what programs my kids can use? I have a few semi-violent computer games I would rather not let my children play or see. Is this part of the different user levels is capable of? If so, do I have to log off, and then let my child log on to make this work? If not, is there another program that does this, or one that perhaps adds a password to get into certain games or programs?
    Are there any free ones?

  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001

    You'd be better off asking in Win2000 bit, but I'm learning it at the moment, so I'll have a go.

    Yes, you can restrict them. You will have to log off, but as you are the main person who sets up the other users, ie your children, then you will act as the administrator. You can block acces to many things.

    Now, as I say, I'm just beginning, but others will have a better chance. Go to Control Panel | Users and Passwords icon.

    If the User must enter a password...is not ticked, tick it.
    Click Add, enter the name. Next. select the level of access:

    Standard, Restricted, Other

    maybe Standard?

    You can modify the account. Click Advanced, Advanced button under Advanced user managegment. In the Local Users and Groups window, doubleclick Users folder, and then doubleclick the user you wish to modify.

    This bit I'm a little cagy on, but you could try with trial and error.

    maybe someone could carry this on

  3. Max19

    Max19 Account Disabled

    Jul 31, 2001
    What you're asking of Windows 2000 is what is was designed for. The problem is that setting it up is not intuitive. You have to create user accounts, assign permissions, set up shares, etc. Unless you're very technically savvy, it'll involve countless hours of learning on your part.

    Maybe someone here has some web and/or book references for you, but I'm not going to sugar coat it by just giving you a few tidbits of info. It's a relatively complex process, and if you apply the wrong permissions to the wrong directory you could find yourself permanently locked out of your own computer with the only resolution being a full format and reinstall.

    If you want to keep your kids away from your violent games, I would suggest purchasing a computer just for them and putting a password on your computer. If your kids are young, their games probably don't require a powerful computer. If your kids are older, they'll likely need/want their own computer anyway.
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