You can allow users to run only specified programs in Windows 7 operating systems. It is up to you if you want your shared computer to allow users to run only specified programs in Windows 7. A shared computer in an office, for example, can be set in the same way if the company does not want the employees to run all types of programs. You can allow the users to run only specified programs in Windows 7 by using the Local Group Policy. However, you cannot do this in the Home editions of Windows 7 as it does not provide the Local Group Policy Editor.
Click on the Start button.
Type “gpedit.msc” in the search box of the Start menu and press the Enter button on the keyboard.
Local Group Policy Editor will open. Scroll down to “User Configuration”, “Administrative Templates” and then “System” on the left hand side of the window pane.
On the right hand side of the window, under “Setting”, navigate and double-click on “Run only specified Windows applications”.
Select Enabled from the window.
Click on “Show” under Options.
The Show Contents window pane will appear. Here you can type the applications you want to let the users run.
After you are done, click on the OK button.
Close the Local Group Policy Editor.
After this, if someone attempts to run an app which was not specified by you, he will get this error message:
This feature to allow users to run only specified programs in Windows 7 is the best at preventing the users from accessing applications you don’t want them to use on a particular computer.