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Auto Shut-Off Possible?

by baddco / October 16, 2006 11:29 PM PDT

Hope this makes sense...I'm looking for a utility that will automatically shut off the PC ( runing XP Home SP-2 ) at say 10:00PM. And can not be overridden by switching users or rebooting. My wifes son...My step-son has a habit of staying up till 3am chatting completely forgetting about needing to be up in 3 hours for school. I've looked at some software available and am not convinced that he could beat the system by just switching accounts. Any input would be helpful. Maybe something that would only shut down selected programs...AIM..My Space and the like.

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I also would like to
by Themisive / October 16, 2006 11:35 PM PDT

Have something like that for my son's computer. He says, I'll shut down in half-an-hour, and 2 - 3 hours later he's still at it.

The only trouble is that as far as I know there is nothing that could do that unlessthere is some sort of parental control that could be switched on in the O/S and passworded to prevent it being turned off.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 16, 2006 11:51 PM PDT

While I would allow such on any machine I need to have fully functioning, this gives you time management and more.

But shutting off the PC's power is not a feature of any such add-on software because these are PCs and not designed to accomodate your request.

I could boot off some USB memory key and continue, but that's just me showing that such is not bulletproof.

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Try parental control [hardware]
by caktus / October 17, 2006 5:04 AM PDT

Move the computer into Mon and Dad's room.

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Turn Off Computer?
by kwkid / October 18, 2006 10:11 AM PDT

It sounds to me as if the connection to the internet is the real issue here. I have a 13 year old daughter who can use her PC anytime, but is regulated on the internet by the schedule in the router, currently set for 30 minutes per day weekdays, 2 hours on weeekends. I also have totally blocked at the router so she can't get there at all anytime of the day or night. This works very well for our situation, and if by some chance she needs the internet to do some actual school work, she can use her Mom's computer, with supervision.

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(NT) (NT) That's great. But sometimes hard love is necesary.
by caktus / October 18, 2006 1:31 PM PDT
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If you have a Linksys wireless router
by glb613 / October 19, 2006 12:00 AM PDT

you can control the internet access for that computer. Go to the web based utility found at then select access restrictions. Enter the computer's MAC address then select the days and times the computer can be online or not be online. I'm not sure how easy it is to break the password to access the utility but hopefully you kids can't.

You can also set time limits through XP.

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