Restrict Installation of softwares

Is it possible to restrict Installation of software's,toolbars on windows system even after giving administrator access.

Be it through group policy or any other means, like only verified software's can be installed on machines.
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
You can use a tool like applocker to restrict who can run what applications.

However, an administrator can still gain complete control of the machine. Best solution - don't make them an administrator.
Guy LidbetterCommented:
Hi there,

Without using an application manager like sccm, this can get convoluted.

You can prevent tool bars from running by using a GPO, just disable third party browser extensions in the internet explorer section. (Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Internet Control Panel > Advanced features.)
This doesn't prevent install, but does stop them from running.

Regarding software, you can prevent the running of EXE's by GPO, prevent the download of applications, block certain applications by using hash rules.

Can you be more specific regarding the requirement.

For example, why do they have local admin? Is it to install stuff? To run certain software etc...
sivaatluriAuthor Commented:
Need to give Admin access compulsory to make sure they can run the developer apps.

After giving access they do install some malware toolbars / adware app's which resulting in issues.

Preventing running of exe's will not allow to run tools like eclipse, I want to allow only installation & running of Certain App's

Ms office
Textpad etc
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
Applocker will solve this for you. It can run in whitelist mode. See this guide on setting it up:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
it possible to restrict Installation of software's,toolbars on windows system even after giving administrator access


Keep users as Standard Users.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
I would suggest checking out Privledge Authority by Dell Software. This software is an extension of your Active Directory Group Policies and can whitelist/blacklist applicaitons.


You will not be able to do the natively with Group Policy alone.


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sivaatluriAuthor Commented:
We are using Windows 7 Pro. SO applocker is not there in this version
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