How to restrict standard users from using software installed on a Windows computer?

Mihai Triboi September 16, 2012
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I am the administrator of my computer, and I also have one standard user account. I want to restrict that user to use only some applications, such as Skype, Chrome and KMPlayer. Tried do restrict their use with gpedit.msc but noticed there is not a per-user based restriction. (Got my Windows stuck down with just 3 apps available LOL)

I need a way to restrict applications so that only administrator can use them. Please tell me how to do that.

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  1. Abba Jee
    November 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

    you have Windows 7 Ultimate x64, why don't you use AppLocker?

  2. Don Rambo
    November 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

    install your program anywhere else other than the program files...and then lock and hide that folder...as simple as that

    [url]http://www.geeklayout.com/2011/11/lock-and-hide-any-folder-on-your.html[/url]

  3. abhi
    November 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

    i have a solution too...do not install the programs in the standard program files folder..install it anywhere else and lock and hide the folder in which you have all of it installed
    http://www.geeklayout.com/2011/11/lock-and-hide-any-folder-on-your.html

    just remember not to leave any traces of your installed software other than this folder...

  4. Jacob Mathew
    October 13, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Get a parental control app.You will find it a lot easier.

  5. Nikhil Gupta
    October 1, 2012 at 5:16 am

    you can create a new user account after creating an admin account.
    in new user account u can now put restriction.
    > create account then install software which u want to install on new user account.
    > then u can restrict that account .

  6. GrrGrrr
    September 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    as you have Ultimate version AppLocker should be the first choice. See below:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/6317/block-users-from-using-certain-applications-with-applocker/

  7. Aditya Roy
    September 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    You can password protect any application using DiscoLock

    • Aditya Roy
      September 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      I am sorry. Doesn't work on 7, just XP. :(

  8. Elrick Browne
    September 17, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Or just get a parental control app

    • Naoman Saeed
      September 17, 2012 at 4:40 am

      that is easier

    • Douglas Mutay
      October 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Yes, that the easiest thing especially if you're an admin.

  9. Amr Emara
    September 17, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Hi Mihai :) I think you can right click on any program you want and click on properties then go to the tap named security you will see a list of groups and users you can edit and change permissions.
    You also will see a button down named advanced to play with advanced settings.

  10. ha14
    September 17, 2012 at 12:11 am

    right click on the icon
    click properties
    click security
    set permissions

    or
    'DisallowRun'
    http://tipsfromgeek.com/2012/07/how-to-block-programs-in-windows-7-using-registry-editor.html

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