Choose which games children can play

If your computer is connected to a domain, Parental Controls aren't available.

You can use Parental Controls to control which games your children are allowed to play on your computer. You can block:

  • All games.

  • Specific games of your choosing.

  • Specific games based on age ratings.

  • Specific games based on content ratings.

These four methods can be used in combination.

To view information about the games included with Windows 7, see Learn about games in Windows 7.

Note

  • Parental Controls can be set to block most games. However, if your computer doesn't recognize a game, it won't be blocked by Parental Controls. If you discover an unblocked game, you can add the game to the list of blocked programs manually. For more information, see Prevent children from using specific programs.

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To block all games

  1. Open Parental Controls by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under User Accounts and Family Safety, clicking Set up parental controls for any user. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. Click the name of the person you want to prevent from playing games.

  3. Under Parental Controls, click On, enforce current settings.

  4. Click Games.

  5. Under Canperson's nameplay games?, click No.

To block games by age rating

  1. Open Parental Controls by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under User Accounts and Family Safety, clicking Set up parental controls for any user. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. Click the name of the person you want to prevent from playing games.

  3. Under Parental Controls, click On, enforce current settings.

  4. Click Games.

  5. Under Canperson's nameplay games?, click Yes.

  6. Under Block (or allow) games by rating and content types, click Set game ratings.

  7. Under Which ratings are ok forperson's nameto play?, click a ratings level.

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To block games by content

  1. Open Parental Controls by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under User Accounts and Family Safety, clicking Set up parental controls for any user. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. Click the name of the person you want to prevent from playing games.

  3. Under Parental Controls, click On, enforce current settings.

  4. Click Games.

  5. Under Canperson's nameplay games?, click Yes.

  6. Under Block (or allow) games by rating and content types, click Set game ratings.

  7. Under Block these types of content, select the content types that you want to block.

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To block specific games

  1. Open Parental Controls by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under User Accounts and Family Safety, clicking Set up parental controls for any user. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. Click the name of the person you want to prevent from playing games.

  3. Under Parental Controls, click On, enforce current settings.

  4. Click Games.

  5. Under Canperson's nameplay games?, click Yes.

  6. Under Block (or allow) any game on your computer by name, click Block or Allow specific games.

  7. In the alphabetical list of games, find the game that you want to block, and then select Always Block.