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How to Set Time Limits for a Regular Account in Windows 10

Parental controls in Windows 10 are pretty solid, but to use them you have to set the whole family up with Microsoft accounts and you have to create specific child accounts for your kids. If you prefer to use regular local accounts, you can still set time limits for how long any non-administrative user can use a computer.

In Windows 10, Parental controls offer some nice features for monitoring kids’ accounts. They let you limit web browsing, which apps kids can use, and the times kids can use the computer. The downside is that to use these controls, all members of the family must have Microsoft accounts. You also have to set the kids up with child accounts, which can impose some limits you may not want. The good news is that you can still use local accounts and impose some of these same limits. If you’re comfortable working with Group Policy, it’s not hard to restrict users to running specified programs. You can filter web sites at the router level. And, as we’ll talk about here, you can even impose time restrictions for local user accounts.

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