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Requirements to Use AppLocker

Updated: October 18, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic for the IT professional lists software requirements to use AppLocker in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

Requirements using Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

AppLocker is available in the following editions of Windows:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems

  • Windows 7 Ultimate

  • Windows 7 Enterprise

To use AppLocker, you need:

  • A computer running an operating system in the preceding list to create the rules. The computer can be a domain controller.

    noteNote
    Windows 7 Professional can be used to create AppLocker rules, but the rules cannot be enforced on computers running Windows 7 Professional.

  • For Group Policy deployment, at least one computer with the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) or Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed to host the AppLocker rules.

  • Computers running an operating system in the preceding list to enforce the AppLocker rules that you create.

Requirements using Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

AppLocker is available in the following editions of Windows:

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

  • Windows 8 Enterprise

To use AppLocker, you need:

  • A computer running an operating system in the preceding list to create the rules. The computer can be a domain controller.

    noteNote
    • Windows 7 Professional can be used to create AppLocker rules, but the rules cannot be enforced on computers running Windows 7 Professional.

    • AppLocker policies that contain Executable, Dll, Windows Installer and Script rules can be applied to computers running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, and Windows 8. AppLocker policies that contain rules for Packaged apps as well as Packaged app installers can also be applied to computers running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Windows 7. However, the Packaged app rule collection will only be enforced on computers running Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

  • For Group Policy deployment, at least one computer with the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) or Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed to host the AppLocker rules.

  • Computers running an operating system in the preceding list to enforce the AppLocker rules that you create.

See also

For requirements to use AppLocker on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, see the AppLocker Technical Overview in the Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library.

AppLocker Operations Guide

AppLocker Policies Design Guide

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