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Block Users From Installing Or Running Programs In Windows 10

Go back to the main menu in the Policy Editor window, and navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System. In the right-hand window, scroll down until you find Don't Run Specified Windows Applications. As the title implies, this is used for blocking certain programs from being run, but we can also use it to block the Windows Installer.

Block users from installing or running programs in Windows 10

This stops anything from being installed by looking out for certain keywords in apps running on your system. So if someone tries to install something, and a keyword is noticed, Install-Block automatically blocks it from going any further.

Manual root certificate installation (mobile only): Block prevents users from manually installing root certificates, and intermediate CAP certificates. When set to Not configured (default), Intune doesn't change or update this setting.

Allow user to change start pages: Yes (default) lets users change the start pages. Administrators can use the EdgeHomepageUrls to enter the start pages that users see by default when open Microsoft Edge. No blocks users from changing the start pages.

Simple passwords: Block prevents users from creating simple passwords, such as 1234 or 1111. When set to Not configured (default), Intune doesn't change or update this setting. By default, the OS might let users create simple passwords. This setting also blocks using picture passwords.

Malicious site access: Block prevents users from ignoring the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Filter warnings, and blocks them from going to the site. When set to Not configured (default), Intune doesn't change or update this setting. By default, the OS might allow users to ignore the warnings, and continue to the site.

Unverified file download: Block prevents users from ignoring the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Filter warnings, and blocks them from downloading unverified files. When set to Not configured (default), Intune doesn't change or update this setting. By default, the OS might allow users to ignore the warnings, and continue to download the unverified files.

Detect potentially unwanted applications: This feature identifies and blocks potentially unwanted applications (PUA) from downloading and installing in your network. These applications aren't considered viruses, malware, or other types of threats. But, they can run actions on endpoints that might affect their performance or use. Choose the level of protection when Windows detects PUAs. Your options:

Sharing your Windows computer always comes with the risk of others installing unwanted software on it. At times, such freedoms also end up compromising your computer. However, you can prevent users from installing any apps or software on your Windows 11 PC. That way, you may continue to share your PC with others without letting them install apps or software.

The Group Policy Editor on Windows lets you make various administrative-level changes. Among several options, there is a dedicated policy to disable Windows Installer, which effectively prevents users from installing new programs and apps.

In some cases, you might want to prevent users from installing the software in Windows 10, such as when you manage company computers or if you don't want your children playing around your computer. There are some third-party tools on the web that can help block software installation, and the following two methods also can help.

As we all know, administrator permissions are required to install software programs in Windows 10, so the quick way to prevent others from installing software on your computer is by using standard accounts. You can set a password for the administrator account and don't share the password with others, and create a standard user account without a password. In this way, other people wanting to use your computer will log on using the standard user account and they won't be able to install software without the administrator password.

Step 4: Select Enabled, and select an option from the drop-down menu under "Disable Windows Installer", and then click on Apply followed by OK. This policy setting is not configured by default, and if you enabled it, you can prevent users from installing software on your Windows 10.

Notes: This policy setting affects Windows Installer only. Not all software programs need Windows Installer for the installation. Some use their own installer. Therefore, this method doesn't prevent users from using other methods to install and upgrade programs.

My company currently has 2 computers out of 10 that the user can sign in to the PC using there Office 365 credentials. I am the only admin on our account everyone else is a standard user. Now one of the PC's when the user tries to download and run an exe program the pc will notify the user Via Windows Installer message that they are not a Global Admin and the pc will require my global admin credentials. Now the other PC which was set up from the beginning as a company owned device that will require the user to sign in with there office 365 credentials. But this pc allows the user to download exe programs without global admin permission. Both pc's have windows 10, managed via Intune and are in the same policy groups in Intune. I am aware that when you set up a user using this process the PC will have them set up as an admin on the PC which you can not change to a standard user but the first pc is set up this way and it requires a global admin to run exe files. Am I missing something?

How do you prevent non-admin users from installing a game on a computer? A game like Steam would require the password because it installs it on all users, but a game like Roblox would not need a password because it installs it only on a specific user. How would I block games like Roblox from installing?

This setting can prevent users from installing software on their systems or permit users to install only those programs offered by a system administrator. If you enable this setting, you can use the options in the Disable Windows Installer box to establish an installation setting.

Blocking the app installation will also prevent malicious apps from installing add-ons and adware on your system. Preventing users from installing programs in Windows 11 is pretty easy, and you can do it in several ways.

The first time users log in to an application protected by the web-based Duo Universal Prompt or traditional Duo Prompt with the Device Health application policy set to require the app, Duo prompts them to download and install the Duo Device Health application. After installing the Device Health application, Duo blocks access to applications through the Duo browser-based authentication prompt (when displayed in a browser or in a supported thick client's embedded browser) if the device is unhealthy based on the Duo policy definition and informs the user of the reason for denying the authentication.

End users running devices that can install the app (Windows 10+ and macOS 10.15+) see a link to download the app from the Duo prompt when attempting to access a Duo-protected application associated with the policy if they do not already have the application installed. Devices that are capable of running the app but do not have it installed and running will be blocked.

Note that the default "fail-open" Device Health application policy allows you to enforce health checks for supported macOS and Windows devices, while not blocking users who need to access an application using a non-supported device. You can optionally use Duo's Operating Systems policy to restrict other device types from accessing the application.

Duo automatically collects information from devices when the Device Health application is installed and running with no need for you to configure a policy to do so. Start your rollout by deploying the Device Health app to managed devices, or inviting your end users to install the app by emailing them installation links and instructions. Once the application is installed and running, Duo collects Device Health information every time a user encounters the Duo prompt. You can monitor your authentication logs in Duo to see how enforcing Device Health policy settings would affect your organization.

Users with administrator privileges on their system can disable silent automatic updates by opening the Device Health app's preferences and toggling the Automatically download and install updates option. Disabling this option from the app stops the updater service from running. This setting may not be changed by users without administrator rights.

In rare situations running an out-of-date version of Duo Device Health could cause users to get blocked if a new blocking policy is added that is not supported on a user's machine. We recommend that you push Device Health app updates frequently if you will not permit automatic silent updates.

After the Group Policy Editor opens, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Template > Start Menu and Taskbar. Click the Standard tab at the bottom of the screen. Then scroll down and double-click on Prevent users from uninstalling applications from Start from the list on the right.

Similarly to earlier releases of the operating system, Windows 10 also comes with built-in protection tools to help you avoid malware. One of these features allows local administrators to block users from running certain apps.


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