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Published on 05.26.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Specified Programs from Running

Learn how to stop specified applications from running in Windows 7.

Prevents Windows from running the programs you specify in this setting.

If you enable this setting, users cannot run programs that you add to the list of disallowed applications.

This setting only prevents users from running programs that are started by the Windows Explorer process. It does not prevent users from running programs, such as Task Manager, that are started by the system process or by other processes. Also, if you permit users to gain access to the command prompt, Cmd.exe, this setting does not prevent them from starting programs in the command window that they are not permitted to start by using Windows Explorer. Note: To create a list of disallowed applications, click Show. In the Show Contents dialog box, in the Value column, type the application executable name (e.g., Winword.exe, Poledit.exe, Powerpnt.exe).

Prevent Specified Applications from Running

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select System in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Don’t run specified Windows applications in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click the Show button.


  5. Type the application’s executable name(s) (Winword.exe in this example) that you don’t want to run and then click OK.


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