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App White-Listing on Windows 10 Home?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by IllusionSector, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. IllusionSector

    IllusionSector

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    Hi, folks.

    Back in Window 7 and 8, I could easily keep computing safe for our grandma by simply restricting her to only being able to run specific apps. You know what I mean, right? Basically, every time she'd attempt to run an unsanctioned executable, a box would pop up prompting for admin creds.
    This primitive yet effective white-list approach also eliminated the need for resource-hungry AV soft.

    Sadly, Microsoft being Microsoft, this essential feature has since been made premium and removed from the lower end Home edition of Windows 10.

    I've looked into alternative third party solutions, such as Program Blocker, but it's largely useless, because it only offers a blacklist policy, not the other way around.

    Is there anything you can recommend?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Rustys

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    Is she set as an Admin or Standard user?
     
  3. IllusionSector

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    I'm the admin and she's the standard user, of course.
     
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    Have you looked in Group Policy Editor?
     
  5. plodr

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  6. IllusionSector

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    Thanks for the replies, guys.
    I've already tried one tutorial on enabling GPE on Home, but it didn't work. Perhaps that techspot one will work. I'll be trying that one next.
     
  7. IllusionSector

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    UPDATE: All right, guys. Looks like I was able to enable GPE, but it doesn't seem to do anything. I tried the AppLocker, I tried this tutorial and then this tutorial but none of it is working and nothing whatsoever is blocked on any account. Could it be that despite there being a way to enable GPE on Home it has no effect?
    S.O.S.
     
  8. plodr

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    I've never used GPE because three of our 4 computers are running 7 Home.

    I have no Windows 10 computers in the house to experiment on. Sorry.
     
  9. lkjk

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  10. IllusionSector

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    Thanks for the reply, lkjk.
    That's pretty much what I need, except I also need to make exceptions for certain (manually specified) trusted apps. In other words, I only want Windows to prompt for Admin creds when the standard user attempts to launch an app that I haven't specifically white-listed. Is this what your second link shows how to accomplish?
     
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