Adding restricted programs - Advanced

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When configuring PC TimeWatch for a particular user, the first thing you have to do is to select that user in the Settings for drop-down list in the Users panel of the main window. All the settings displayed by the main window apply to the user currently selected in that list. Please do this now.




By default, the scheduler area of the main window (this blue yellow area displaying program names and time slots) will only have two entries: Windows and Internet. For these entries, a 24-hour slot is initially set for each day of the week. This means that by default, any authorized user can run Windows and connect to the Internet every day at any time. The Windows and Internet entry will also have a default time allowance of 24 hours a day, which means that there's no restriction set.


Of course, you'll want to add new entries to the scheduler, corresponding to the programs that you want to restrict. Things will be easier to explain with a simple example. Let's assume you want to prevent user Aurélie from using Windows Media Center more than 30 minutes every day and not before 18h00 or after 19h00 anyway.


1.Select user Aurélie in the Settings for drop-down list.


2.Click on the menu Programs | Add program to restrict - advanced... This will open the Select program dialog.


3.In the Selection mode panel, select From common start menu items.


4.Click the Select... button at the bottom of the panel.


5.Navigate the Programs sub folders until you find the Windows Media Center entry (usually in Programs ). If you don't find it there, start again from step 3 but select From user's start menu items instead. Select Windows Media Center (double-click the entry or click on Open).


6.The executable name (ehshell.exe) should appear in the Selected program name field and the program title (Windows Media Center) should appear in the Selected program title field. Click OK.


7.The Add time slots dialog will be displayed. If you clicked on Cancel now, the program entry would be added to the scheduler but no time slot would be created. This means that the program would not be permitted to run at all. This is not what we want, so we'll have to create time slots.


8.Don't close the dialog and set the Start at and End at fields to 18h00 and 19h00 respectively.


9.In the Repeat options panel, select Repeat all week.


10.Click OK.


11.Save your settings.


From now, once you have closed the PC TimeWatch Management Utility, user Aurélie will not be able to run Windows Media Center before 18h00 or after 19h00. But wait, we also don't want him to run Windows Media Center more than 30 minutes a day!


1.Select the target program (Windows Media Center) by clicking on it or by using the Up and Down keys after clicking into the scheduler area.


2.Make sure that in the Total time allowed for selected program per: panel, the day option is selected. The drop down list on the right should display the current day, which means that the allowance will apply to that day. If you want, you can set a different allowance for each day of the week. If you don't set a specific allowance for a particular day, the allowance defined for "all days" applies. In order to reset the allowance defined for a given day, just click on the Reset button. The value set for "All days" will then apply to this day.


3.Click on the mini scroll bar to set the day field to 0 and the minutes to 30 (you cannot allocate less than 15 minutes).


You're done. There are more sophisticated ways of setting up time slots for a restricted program. We'll examine this in the next section: Configuring restricted programs.