Prevent children from using specific programs

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

You can use Parental Controls to determine which specific programs your child can use. For example, if you use a program to keep track of your finances, you can prevent your child from opening it and viewing your financial information.

To watch a video, see Picture of a Play buttonVideo: Using Parental Controls.
  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 using specific programs.

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

  4. Click Block specific programs.

  5. Click Person's name can only use the programs I allow.

  6. Select the programs that you want to allow. If the program you want doesn't appear in the list, click Browse to locate the program.


  • Make sure that you select all of the programs that you want your child to be able to run. Parental Controls will block any program not selected in the list.