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

Mihai Triboi September 16, 2012

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.

  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 simple as that


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

    i have a solution 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

    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:

  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


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