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Windows Software Restriction

Posted on 2011-03-18
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We have applied the Software restriction Policies Disallowed state and applied the same on the OU. The users in that OU are not able to install any Software in their PC's but the issue is that they are not able to open the softwares which are installed.
I have created the path rule to program files and made it unrestricted and they are able to open the exe's if they open Program Files folder and run it.

There are certain links to the application on the user desktop and All Programs/StartMenu. We are trying to exclude these locations also so that .Lnk files can be run from these locations.

When we provide the actual file to the folder where lnk file is residing it is working fine like below
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Winrar\*.lnk

But when we are giving the path to the root folder so that all the lnk files can be excluded it is not working
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\*.lnk

It is not possible to provide path to each and every lnk file.

Is there a way to specify the folder path and include sub-folders also
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all the links are not always stored in the "all users" profile.
so you should use environement variable to setup locations, try as follow:
C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Start Menu\Programs\*.lnk
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It got resolved by using the below path

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\
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As no other solution provided we want to close the question
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