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Old 06-18-2004, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for a program that shuts down the computer at a specific time

Hello all. I'm trying to find a program to download for XP Home that locks down the computer between a time frame specified by the user. Basically I am trying to keep my children from using the computer after 9pm, and since I often don't get home until 10-11pm I can't always be there to do it myself. I want the program to be password protected so they can't change the settings. But since its my sons computer (and hes a real whiz) I want him to still have total control of his computer so I want the program to be independant from the administrators account and password. That way he can mess with his computer all he wants, but it still shuts down at 9 and theres nothing he can do about it unless he knows the password (uninstalling etc won't work). I really don't need any other features other than the shutdown and password protection, so HOPEFULLY there is a small freeware program out there. Anyone have any suggestions for a freeware or possibly cheap shareware program that could do this? Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-18-2004, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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try winxp manager v4.8.3.4
it gives an option to set it to shutdown,standby etc under the misc tab.

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Old 06-20-2004, 08:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I asked the same question previously. I got mixed results. Basically, from what i figured out from responses on this board and on others, in addition to what i found on the net, there aren't any free programs that'll do this to the extent that we both want and make us happy. Sure there are a few programs (like psshutdown) that you can use to shut down the pc remotely, but they've gotta be initiated each time by you each night. One person mentioned writing a batch file... but that's all the info i got out of that one guy. lol.

There's a few other things like using the command prompt and setting user time limits but it doesn't shut down the pc just stops them from logging on again after a certain time.

Basically, the only real good stuff i found were programs you'd have to pay for. I downloaded one of these, it has a 15 day trial and then its pretty cheap. It is really configurable and seemed to have a lot of the options i was looking for.


Good luck. I went with this program but haven't been able to use it... ended up confiscating the whole pc a week ago due to finding downloaded viruses and porn on their (kids) computer. Guess i don't need it now!
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