How to limit PC usage time of local account in Windows 10 and set time restrictions: - In the new version of Windows, Windows 10, it's a bit difficult to set up parental controls for local accounts, as a number of features are now linked to your Microsoft account. But, of course, you can't let your kids ruin their job by giving them the admin account, with limitations. Local accounts are definitely a must and it should be easy to at least set time restrictions on local accounts. Read on to set time restrictions on local accounts using the System Symbol, with very few easy steps.
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- First type cmd in Cortana's search box as shown in the screenshot. This will result in the search results being displayed with System Symbol on top.
- Now right-click on System Symbol and from the context menu that appears, click Run as Administrator to run Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
- Performing the previous step will open the System Symbol file, with administrative privileges. Now type or copy paste the following command and hit Pay.
net user username /times:timeframe
- You must replace the Username file part of the code with the username of the account on which you want to set the restrictions. Also, replace the timeframe file part of the code with a timeframe of your choice. The specified time frame will be the only time frame during which the user will be able to access the limited account. An example of a time frame is: Sat-Sun, 12-13; MW, from 18:00 to 20:00; F-Sun, 12: 00-17: 00. Please refer to the screenshot below if in doubt.
- After completing the above-mentioned step successfully, the command prompt will display a message saying The command completed successfully. This means that the restriction has been placed.
- Now let's check if it really works. For this, you need to log out of the administrator account and then try to log in to the account on which restrictions have been imposed. To do this, click on Start menu, then your username at the top. Find the account you have restricted and click on it.
- Here it is! The restrictions are in effect, as shown on the Windows lock screen.
- You can always cancel the time limits you have applied to user accounts. For this, log into the admin account and run the System Symbol file in admin mode as before. Now write the following code in the System Symbol file.
net user username / times: all
obviously you have to change the Username file to the specific user account name, as shown below.
That's all. Now you can allow your kids to access local accounts with time limits, as simple as that. Hope the article was helpful.