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Windows Schedule
The Windows schedule is used to control access to the entire computer. Once the schedule has expired the user will be unable to access any portion of the computer
The Windows schedule allows two different types of schedules:
Maximum Hours Per Day
This option maintains a running tally of the time the user is logged on. Once the allotted time has expired the user will be logged off and will be unable to log back on
According to a Time Slot Schedule
This option is used to set specific times when the computer can be used. All of the periods highlighted in red are times when access will be denied

This option also allows a maximum duration to be set. With this combination access can be restricted to a maximum duration per day while restricting what times of the day this allotment can be used
Common Problems
1. Setting a maximum duration without setting the permitted time slots
This occurs when the According to a time slot schedule is selected and maximum durations are set, but there are no time slots set to permit access. As a result access will never be permitted
Notes
1. The user will be warned before the Windows schedule expires
The warning is first displayed 20 minutes before the schedule expires. Options to view the schedule and to override the schedule using the Administrator's password are provided at this time
2. Windows will not automatically close when the schedule expires if the computer is unattended
PC Chaperone is designed to prevent Windows from automatically closing if the schedule expires while the computer is unattended in order to prevent the accidental loss of unsaved work. As soon as the user types or moves the mouse the shutdown process will begin, giving the user a short grace period to save any unsaved work
3. The Windows schedule can be extended using the Administrators Password
The schedule extension is in the form of selecting a date/time to extend the schedule until. After this period has expired, or the user logs off and back on, the normal schedule restrictions will be enforced. As a result there is no need to reset the override once the desired period has expired
4. Unused time allotments are not rolled over to subsequent days
Tips and Hints
1. Windows schedules can be copied from one policy to another using the "Copy Schedule From" button
2. Different maximum durations can be set for each day of the week by selecting the "According to a Time Slot Schedule" option, even if there is no need to limit the schedule to specific time slots. In this case all time slots are permitted