How best to setup additional user account in Win 10 for kids' homework?

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by Stu, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Stu

    Stu n00bie

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    My son has started secondary school and needs to use the family computer for homework now, however, the temptation of playing games is a bit too strong for him!

    Currently I have Win 10 Pro with a single account (that we all use) that is password protected to first sign in, but no password when wake from sleep. This means he can't just turn on the PC and use it when he wants (like at 6:30am), but we can leave the PC sleeping so he can use it for homework when he gets home from school at 4pm, before we get home later... however, not enough homework is getting done.

    My current thinking is to create an additional standard user account, no Microsoft account login, and then use Local Group Policy to restrict that account. I think setting the list of allowed programs will be easier than managing a very long black list.

    I've read that there are parental controls baked into Win 10... from what I understand, I need to setup the new user account using a Microsoft login (my son, and daughter, have Office360 accounts at school); however, it appears I can only use parental controls to restrict MS Store programs (i.e. not Fortnite) and restrict web access using Edge, which is rather limited.

    Are there other advantages to setting up an account for my son and one for my daughter using their school issued Office360 accounts, or should I just setup a single local account that they can both use for homework?
     
  2. mda

    mda [H]ard|Gawd

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    What games does he play? If they are .exe based, you can make him an account and disable read/execute permissions per game/exe for that account. If they are web based, maybe a cheap/old computer running PFSense will help restrict sites visited...
     
  3. Stu

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    Games are all .exe, primarily Fortnite and Overwatch, hence my thinking to use Local Group Policy to disable/restrict. Is Local Group Policy the best/easiest method?
     
  4. SmokeRngs

    SmokeRngs [H]ard|DCer of the Month - April 2008

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    It sounds like it would be easier to throw together an old system like the one in my sig without any of the distractions installed. That way even if they find a way to install said distractions it wouldn't work because the system is too old and slow to play said distractions.