David_Bennett

I am on the Windows Vista Parental controls team, working on the next version of windows and specifically the parental controls aspects of it. I worked on the web filter, and many other aspects of the system from the control panel up.

January, 2007

  • Overwhelmingness of Parental Controls?

    There have been some comments about various aspects of Parental Controls being overwhelming, specifically in this post . It is true that some of the existing parental control companies will not be so keen on some features, however there is a lot of area...
  • Summary of Vista Parental Controls Features

    Short summary of Windows parental control features: Game Restrictions – ability to restrict games based on ratings and on descriptors associated with the game. These are based on ESRB ratings, and other rating systems from other countries. Application...
  • HTTP Extension for Windows Parental Controls

    To make Windows Parental Controls work better with browsers and other programs that support http, the filter in vista sends back a custom error number when the page is blocked. This number is 450, an app can recognise this error code and display a blocked...
  • Opening up the WPC Control Panel from the command line

    It is possible to open up the windows parental controls control panel from the command line, well any control panel. You pass in the name of the control panel to open up and it opens it up. Nice and easy. For the parental controls panel the syntax is...
  • Different exclusion lists

    There are 4 different exclusion lists in Windows Parental Controls that are used to control which programs and which urls are allowed to be connected to. The two main lists are the HttpExemptionList and the UrlExemptionList, these are modifiable lists...
  • Parental Controls on a Domain

    It is possible to turn on parental controls if your machine is on a domain, but default it is disabled. It is not possible to turn on parental controls for Business skews of Vista since parental controls is not present on the machine at all in these skews...
  • Adding a URL Exemption in c#

    The system contains a list of applications which are exempted from parental controls. This list can be accessed via WMI and it should be modified in the install process for any application that requires free Internet access. The way to do this is to access...