Control which software should run, with AppLocker in Windows 7

Windows 7 re-energizes application control policies with AppLocker, which is a flexible, easy-to-administer mechanism that allows IT to specify exactly what is allowed to run in the desktop infrastructure and gives users the ability to run applications, installation programs, and scripts that they require to be productive. You can thus, now control which applications and software  you want to allow to run on your Windows 7 using the in-built new AppLocker tool.

AppLocker in Windows 7

To access this feature, type gpedit.msc in Start search and hit Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.


In LHS pane, expand Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Application Control Policies.

Select AppLocker.

Here you can configure Executable, Windows Installer  & Script Rules. Right click and select Create New Rule.

applocker rules

You can then create a rule allowing or denying access to an executable based on such criteria as the file path or publisher.

Go here to learn more about  AppLocker in Windows 8. Read more at TechNet.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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