Allow Users to Run Only Specified Programs in Windows 8

This tutorial will show you how to allow Users to Run Only Specified Programs in Windows 8.

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If you are using a shared or public computer you might want to allow users to use only some specified programs. You can easily do that using the Local Group Policy that allows you to set only specified programs to run from a user defined list. You will need Administrator rights to create a “white list” of only specific programs users are able to run. You can easily modify that list any time you want.

Steps to allow Users to Run Only Specified Programs in Windows 8

1. First of all in the start menu click on the Search option.

Click on Search

2. Enter gpedit.msc into the Apps search box. You will see the search result in left hand side panel.
Click on gpedit.msc

Click on gpedit.msc

3. Now, navigate to User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System

4. Next, in the Right hand side panel of Local Group Policy Editor scroll down and double click on Run only specified Windows applications.

 Click on Run Only Specified Windows Applications

5. Set radio button to Enabled option and click on Show option to choose the name of the allowed applications.

Click Show

6. A Show Contents dialog box will appear. Type the names of the apps you want to allow users to run. After completion of the list, click OK and close out of Local Group Policy Editor.

Select Names of the Applications

You have successfully done with the process.

Now, if a user tries to launch an application that is restricted or not on that specified list the user will receive the error message:- “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect of this computer. Please contact your system administrator.”


Thus, using this exclusive feature you can easily set up which applications can be or cannot be accessed by the users.

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