Set Local User Logon Hours in Windows XP

Posted on January 8, 2009 by Daniel Petri in Windows Client OS with

How do I restrict a User’s Logon hours on my Windows XP machine?

Local and domain users can be restricted from logging on to the computer (or to the network) at specific hours or days. You can only restrict when a user can log on to the system. On a stand alone computer (one that is not a part of a domain) you cannot force a user to log off when their hours expire.

Although domain administrators have an option in the Active Directory Users & Computers GUI to limit the user’s logon hours, local administrators do not have that option in the Local Users and Groups console.

In order to do that you’ll need to use the NET USER command.

Some examples would be:

net user danielp /time:S-F,08:00-18:00net user danielp /time:S-F,8am-6pmnet user danielp /time:M,4am-5pm;T,1pm-3pm;W-F,8:00-17:00net user danielp /time:all

Open a Command Prompt window.

Enter the appropriate "net user" command for the user(s) you wish to restrict access for.

Note: This command also works in Windows NT 4.0 and W2K.