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Published on 06.01.09 by Brent Trahan

Restrict Unpacking and Installation of Gadgets That Are Note Digitally Signed

Learn how to disable installation of gadgets that are not digitally signed in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows you to restrict the installation of unsigned gadgets. Desktop gadgets can be deployed as compressed files, either digitally signed or unsigned.
If you enable this setting, gadgets that have not been digitally signed will not be extracted.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, both signed and unsigned gadgets will be extracted.
The default is for Windows to extract both signed and unsigned gadgets.

Disable Installation of Gadgets That Are Not Digitally Signed

  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, Windows Components, and then select Desktop Gadgets in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Restrict unpacking and installation of gadgets that are not digitally signed in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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