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Windows 7: Windows Parental Controls -- possible to remove or disable?

26 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
Windows Parental Controls -- possible to remove or disable?

I've found a bunch of Tutorials explaining how to turn things on & off inside the Parental Controls. Since I'm the only user of this computer, I'm wondering if it's possible to just turn the entire feature off.

It's not listed in Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off.

It's not listed in Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a program.

I didn't see anything that looked like it started some Windows Parental Controls process from the Task Scheduler.

Near as I can tell from Task Manager, there's nothing running that deals with this feature, unless it's hiding behind one of those svchost.exe dealies, of which I have 10 running.

In Start Menu -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Services, there is one entry called Parental Controls. But the little blurb on the left side says, "This service is a stub for Windows Parental Control functionality that existed in Vista. It is provided for backward compatibility only." It is set to Startup Type Manual, but it is not running. And I see it would launch via:

C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

So it would indeed hide behind one of those svchost.exe dealies but it happens not to be doing that. No other entry in the Services list looks applicable, which, given the blurb I just quoted, is probably no surprise.

Start Menu -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Local Security Policy has a few spots that would seem logical places for the Parental Controls to reside, specifically (1) Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment, (2) Software Restriction Policies, and (3) Application Control Policies -> AppLocker. Also, the Audit Policies seem like something a concerned parent might want to turn on to keep tabs on Junior's attempts to . . . oh I don't know . . . look at porn or something. But I found no mention of the Parental Controls anywhere in there.

I don't think I have any Parental Controls enabled. So I think it's just idling on my system.

But here's why I ask. When I run my registry cleaner tool, it always shows 3 or 4 broken entries for wpcmig.dll & wpcumi.dll. I tracked these items back to Windows Parental Controls (the wpc in the file names). The cleaner removes the entries & they are even gone when I immediately rescan the registry. But next time I run the cleaner maybe a week or so later, the same broken registry entries have to be cleaned up. So I'm wondering if there is a way to completely remove the feature from my system. And leave the system functional, of course. That's what I would prefer. As a fallback, I would accept just completely stopping it from running any processes on my system ever. I assume it runs something at some time since these registry entries keep reappearing. I admit I'm being anal-retentive about this. It's perfectly harmless to just remove the registry entries every time. But it's noise I'd rather not hear. See. Whatever.

Anybody got any ideas . . . Brink?

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