How To Block Run Of Software Programs On Windows 7 or Later Computer

It is a common practice to use shared computer for accessing internet or doing some other task. This sharing can be at home, office, cyber-café, etc. But when we talk about shared computers, there are some points which must always be kept in mind. One of such points is that you should restrict access to your private data and programs for the other users. It is obvious that no one accessing the shared computer would want anyone else to look into the private and secured data. Along with data, you may also want to restrict various programs from being accessed as someone other may change or affect the settings. Especially, if there are kids who are accessing and using the PC, then this could turn into a real disastrous situation. In one of the other case, user may only need certain programs and probably user doesn’t want them to be accessed by everyone. So, overall we can say that there are many different circumstances where user account control is must and should be smartly handled.

For this, we can provide you some tips which can really help in this issue. Windows 7 allows the user to easily handle such issues by making this user account control simple. Just go through this article where we present how to specify which users can use certain programs in Windows 7 and which all should be restricted. So, it will definitely help you to take a complete command of your PC when the number of users involved is large. We will tell you how to solve such issues by using Local Group Policy Editor. This particular editor is not available on home versions of Windows 7, but the users of Windows7 Professional can make use of this editor.

Now, in order to start with this editor, simply click on the Start Menu and then enter “gpedit.msc” in the search box and then press enter.


As shown in the screen shot you will see a window, but before this make sure that you are logged in as an Administrator so that whatever changes you want to make can come in affect. Nobody else except the Administrator is allowed to make these changes.

After getting the above window, you may navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System. From there, you can see an option for settings and under this, you need to just scroll down and then double-click on “Run only specified Windows applications”, which you may see as one of the option available for the user. One thing that we would recommend that before attempting all these steps it is better that you simply create a restore point before commencing so that you may restore the settings if something goes wrong.


As said, after clicking on the option, “Run only specified Windows applications, you will see a new window and you need to set it to “Enabled”.


Once done, you may list as many applications as needed. After filling up the list with all those applications which you want to be shared you just need to simply close out the Local Group Policy Editor and rest it will automatically do for you. After this, if anyone try to use an application that was not listed in the Local Group Policy Editor, then it will simply throw an error message displayed as access denied.

So, in this way you can make sure that everything goes fine when it comes to securing the data and application in a shared computer.

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