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Old 04-03-2014, 03:18 AM
 
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I still vote for a virtual machine. Let him screw it up, then see if he can fix it, and if he can't delete it and start over.

Figuring out how to screw up and unscrew up Windows is far more educational than playing kiddie games, in my opinion.

And I think 8 is a great age to learn how to use all of the advanced setting in Windows...you know, the ones that you can't play with at school.
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:55 AM
 
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I still vote for a virtual machine. Let him screw it up, then see if he can fix it, and if he can't delete it and start over.
You can't play games other than tetris on a virtual machine, using one in this instance is just adding to the problem. A limited user account is the best method.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:42 AM
 
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I still vote for a virtual machine. Let him screw it up, then see if he can fix it, and if he can't delete it and start over.

Figuring out how to screw up and unscrew up Windows is far more educational than playing kiddie games, in my opinion.

And I think 8 is a great age to learn how to use all of the advanced setting in Windows...you know, the ones that you can't play with at school.
Well really can't afford to do that, virtual machine licensing seems a bit steep for my pockets. I did managed to try out the Magic Desktop thing in the meantime, though.

Turns out, it's too good. So now I have to ward off my kid from that PC and entice him with an older one we saw in storage. Almost forgot about the thing until my wife mentioned it. Problem is, it's XP. Since we sort of lost track here about the various aproaches and solutions, I opened a new thread for that particular situation. Hopefully there is something for XP that works for the intended purpose.

As for Windows 8, My coworkers say that Windows 8.1 is awesome now, so I may just go directly for that one. But for my own usage. I understand the importance of discovery and making mistakes, but I use this machine for work and I really have to divide the waters on this to make sure I don't pay the price for indulging my kid. If I could get something like this software, but for XP, and give him that computer this Easter, all cleaned up and running, for me that would be the silver lining in this whole computer quest.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:24 AM
 
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3rd the "create a non admin account" Easy in any version of windows. Can't even install a printer without the Admin password.
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:10 PM
 
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Im sorry your going thru this and I hope a good solution is found
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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While you are cleaning up the old computer, I would also vote for creating a limited account. I did this with my kids, and they are much older than 8. Then let him mess around with the XP computer. By the way, are you sure his games work with an older version of Windows? And does it have a decent video card?
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:06 AM
 
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While you are cleaning up the old computer, I would also vote for creating a limited account. I did this with my kids, and they are much older than 8. Then let him mess around with the XP computer. By the way, are you sure his games work with an older version of Windows? And does it have a decent video card?
Those steam games, nope, not a chance. Besides, the selection of games on this software is rather big, he got so excited, he forgot all about the couple of games he used to play before. As for limited accounts, with this thing, there is no need, it very much acts under the same principles, only it is largely more effective and parent-friendly. However one problem here in XP is that I needed to disable the giraffe thing on Ge Academy because it was slowing the software down immensely. Apart from that, it seems to hold its own rather well, I'm pleasantly surprised.

I may just keep this. Now onto cleaning up this PC to spotless condition and probably get some turtles stickers to jazz the thing up to his favorite show.
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