Windows 8: Configuring AppLocker Step by Step

AppLocker is a customizable rules that allow/disallow applications, scripts and installers on a per user or per group basis. By using this feature, an administrators can ensure that security and licensing compliance needs are met, and to provide granular level security to align with corporate security compliance. You can configure the following rules in AppLocker via group policy object

  • Executable Rules
  • Windows Installer Rules
  • Script Rules
  • Packaged App Rules

AppLocker can be found in Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsSecurity SettingsApplication Control PoliciesAppLocker location shown in picture

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an administrator creates or edits a Group Policy Object based on business needs. Rules can be created to allow/deny any applications/scripts/installers to run per user or per group. The following is an example to create a rule allowing Adobe Acrobat using AppLocker.

Right Click on Executable Rules, Click Create New Rule

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On the Permission page, Click Allow, Click Next

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Select Publisher, Click Next

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Click Browse and go to the C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAcrobat 10.0Acrobat and select Acrobat.exe. If you would like to select specific version, Click Next otherwise drag mouse product name shown product name. in this way you have selected Adobe Acrobat and any version will be allowed by this rule.

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On the Exceptions page, Click Next

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On the Name page, Click Create.

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Now you will see the rule in the following screen

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AppLocker is a robust tool to manage corporate compliance and security on the desktop and server platform.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 code name “Windows blue” will be available to download as public preview on 26 June 2013.

What’s new:

  1. Start Button is back again.
  2. Internet Explorer 11 allows user to show address bar, tabs similar to old IE.
  3. Improved search functionality for apps, program within OS.
  4. Ability to switch back to traditional windows desktop easily.
  5. Visibility of control panel let user manages power option, display settings, Windows update and join domain.
  6. Better personalization, built-in apps, Windows Store and cloud connectivity such as sky drive.
  7. Windows embedded version will allow connectivity to ATMs, point of service (POS) terminals and kiosks.
  8. Better mouse and keyboard option for desktop user.

Microsoft sold 100 million Windows 8 license. Microsoft listened to user who complained that Windows 8 is a tablet version not a desktop. Again Microsoft will allow Windows 8 user to download and upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free via Windows store.