If you are running Windows 7 professional edition and want to restrict the use of certain applications for users on your shared computer, that you are at the right place to learn how to do this. You can restrict users to access only specified programs and it is up to you which programs you select for this purpose. The feature is very helpful when you are using a shared computer and can manage the use of certain programs for other users. A very good example to experience this feature is a shared computer in your office, where a company can easily restrict the use of certain programs and allow the users to run only specified applications in Windows 7 Operating System. This can be done by using the Local Group Policy feature of Microsoft Windows 7. Notably, you cannot apply this phenomenon if your are running Home edition of Microsoft Windows 7 which do not support Local Group Policy Editor.

Follow the steps below to know how you can restrict users to run only specified programs in Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System.

  • Click Start and type “gpedit.msc” in the search box of the Start menu.

  • Press Enter.
  • Local Group Policy Editor will open. Scroll down to “User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System” on the left hand side menu of the window pane.
  • Navigate to “Run only specified Windows applications” on the right hand side under Setting.

  • Double Click “Run only specified Windows applications”.
  • Select “Enabled” from the window.
  • Click “Show” under Options.

  • The Show Contents window pane will appear. Here you can type the applications you want to let the users to run.
  • Click OK when you are done.

  • Close the Local Group Policy Editor.
  • User will get this error message, if they attempt to run an app which was not authorized by you.