FIX: Prevent users from installing software on Windows 10, 7


  • Preventing other people from installing software on your PC is a good security and privacy measure. For example, you can prevent programs from downloading and installing adware.
  • The best way to prevent users from configuring applications is through AppLocker, the Group Policy Editor, standard user accounts and a tool like WinGuard Pro.
  • If you pulled out the straw and can't install anything on your Windows 10 pcs, check out our quick fixes.
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Learn how to prevent users from installing software on Windows 10, Windows 8.1 o Windows 10 is pretty easy and will take only a few minutes of your time. So read this tutorial through to the end, and you will become an expert in adding Windows restrictions in no time.
How to prevent users from installing software windows 8.1, Windows 10
So for example if you want to prevent your son or daughter from installing a third party app by mistake in Windows 8.1 o Windows 10, you can do this using the AppLocker request. This tool helps you prevent others from modifying your operating system in such a way that it does not allow applications to be installed without the proper permissions.


How can I prevent other users from installing programs on the PC?

  1. Use AppLocker
  2. Use gpedit.msc (Group Policy Editor)
  3. Use standard user accounts
  4. Use WinGuard Pro

1. Use AppLocker

  1. Hold down the "Windows"And the" R "button to open the" Run "window.
  2. In the execution window you should write the following: "secpol.msc".
    Note: If "secpol.msc" doesn't work, you can try "gpedit.msc" as the second solution shows.
  3. Press the "Enter" button on the keyboard.
  4. You should have the "Local Security Policy" window in front of you.
  5. On the left side of the window, you must double-click or Touchez the "Security Settings" function.
  6. In the "Security Settings" function you must double-click or Touchez on the "Application Control Policies" folder.
  7. In the folder "Application control policies" you must double-click or touch the file "AppLocker".applocker windows 10
  8. You should now have some categories and depending on what you want to restrict you should choose accordingly, but in our case we will have to right click on the “Package Application Rules”.applocker settings windows 10
  9. Left-click or Touchez the "Create new rule" function.
  10. You should now have the "Create executable rules" window in front of you.
  11. Left-click or Touchez the "Next" button in that window.
  12. You should now go to the "Permissions" page.
  13. From this "Permissions" page, you will have to choose the "Deny" function to prevent users from installing software and also select the User or group that will have this restriction.
  14. Left-click or Touchez the "Next" button.
  15. You should now have the "Conditions" window in front of you.
  16. You can choose your restrictions according to three conditions:
    • Editor: This will restrict the installation of the software for a certain number of applications signed by the publisher.
    • Way: Create this restriction rule only for a specific folder path, anything outside the specified folder will not be affected by this rule.
    • Hash file: You can create a rule for an application that is not signed. Note: In this tutorial we have selected the “Editor” restriction function.
  17. Left-click or Touchez the "Next" button.
  18. In the next window, you will need to left-click or Touchez the "Browser …" button under the "Reference File:" topic and select the type of application you want to block (this restriction will block all applications that are similar to the reference you selected).
    Note: Go to a folder with an app you want to block and select it from there. You can select the application installer or select the installed application as a reference point.
  19. Now left click or Touchez the "Next" button.
  20. Left-click or Touchez the "Create" button to create the rule that prevents users from installing software on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  21. Close all windows that you have opened, log in with the user you set the restriction for and try installing an app to see if it works.

2. Use gpedit.msc (Group Policy Editor)

These are the steps to follow:

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the search Windows box> open Group Policy Editor
  2. Go to Computer Settings> Administrative Templates> navigate to Windows Components> Windows Installer> select Editblock users from installing pc software
  3. Now, select On> customize your settings and choose Only for unmanaged applications / Always / Never> select OK

3. Use standard user accounts

Another quick way to prevent other users from installing software on your PC is through the use of standard user accounts. In this way, only the administrator account can install and remove applications and programs on the PC.

4. Use WinGuard Pro

WinGuard Pro is a very useful program that allows you to password-lock your applications and programs. With the help of this tool, you can easily disable the software installation and download process and block other users from running .exe files.


Now that you know the basics of setting restriction levels for a specific user or group of users, you can go and modify or create new permission rules and customize them as you like. Please write to us below if something is unclear or if you need more help on this matter.

Frequently Asked Questions – Learn more about software settings, user accounts, and elevated privileges

  • How do I block? Windows Installer?

To block Windows Installer, you must edit the Group Policy. In the Group Policy Editor Windows 10, go to Local Computer Policy> Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Windows Installer, double click Disable Windows Installer and set it to Enabled.

  • How do I get it Windows request a password when installing a new program?

The easiest way to enforce Windows Security for other PC users is by creating guest accounts. Here is a simple guide to help you create and manage user accounts at Windows 10)

  • How can I run EXE files without administrator rights?

In most cases, you can bypass UAC (User Account Control) and run EXE files even if you are not the administrator of the computer. This is how you can install software without administrator rights in Windows 10)

From the editor Note: This post was originally published in November 2014 and has since been renewed and updated in April 2020 for its freshness, precision and comprehensiveness.