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How to stop child account accessing the store?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    How to stop child account accessing the store?


    Shockingly I've had numerous problems with windows family safety, with my 7 year old being able to hack their system several times and find work arounds to access any sites online (amongst other things), despite this functionality being switched off for his account under microsoft family safety. I have (hopefully) plugged all the holes in the system (which I've found are a fairly common problem and a well known issue by microsoft) but I still can't find a way to prevent him from being able to download games/apps etc. from the store. Surely there must be a way to do this???

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    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    PS: I should have mentioned there appears to be no way to do this under the family safety settings. You can only block specific age games and specific apps, but weirdly there's nothing to stop them downloading new ones and accessing them.
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  3. #3


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Unless/until your youngster internalizes your values and self-enforces your values, this will be a chess game for some time.
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    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    He already has good values (I'd even go so far as to say exceptionally good for his age), however it's all too easy for a youngster to succumb to temptation and naivety also leaves him vulnerable. He's just a young child whom I'm trying to protect and it has nothing to do with him internalizing and enforcing my values.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Just tell him not to download things - or else.
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    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    All well and good, but that doesn't guarantee his protection. I just don't understand why it isn't possible???
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  7. #7


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Try using OpenDNS, aside from blocking adult webpages, you can use it to block selected domains.

    https://www.opendns.com/home-interne...s/opendns-home

    You need to set it up in your router as well as in the computer, on a password protected account.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks, however it's access to the store I want to block rather than the internet per se. I'm already able to restrict internet access via browsers but that doesn't stop him from downloading anything he wants from the store.
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  9. #9


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello EFuser,

    If you like, you can use the tutorial below to disable the Store.

    Store - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    In addition, enable the built-in Administrator account, password protect it, and then disable the built-in Administrator. This way he won't be able to use it if he should enable it somehow since it's password protected.

    Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    Local Account Password - Change or Remove in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 27 Mar 2015 at 19:07.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    Brilliant! I haven't tried it yet but it looks like a simple case of editing the registry under his account should do the trick (I still want access for other users). Thank you!!!
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