Windows 7 AppLocker
November 20, 2009 8:02 AM   Subscribe

Am I doing something wrong with Windows 7 AppLocker?

My company has an old piece of software, basically Win98-era (old enough to predate the assumption of being installed in the "Program Files" directory), that we must continue to support.
I have successfully installed and run it under Windows 7.

A customer has asked us if our software will work with Windows7's "AppLocker" feature. So I read up on it, and did the first brain-dead test: For all users, deny any executables running from C:\Foo\. I made sure that everything that said "Enable This Rule" was enabled.

But, even as a non-privileged user on the system, I can still go in and run C:\Foo\Bar.exe

I even enabled the "Application Identifier" Service, and still Bar.exe runs just fine.

Does the AppLocker only work with more modern applications? Did I miss a configuration option? Or am I missing something else?
posted by jozxyqk to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
For something that old you might have to run it in the XP Mode virtual machine that runs on Windows 7.

You can read more about it and download it here.
posted by Nyarlathotep at 8:12 AM on November 20, 2009

The application runs just fine without problems, Nyarl.
This question could just as easily be about C:\Windows\Notepad.exe as it is about our software; I was just giving a bit of background.
I just want to know why AppLocker is saying "I will block all executables from this directory" but clearly allowing them to run.
posted by jozxyqk at 8:20 AM on November 20, 2009

Possibly because you are an administrator on the machine and that overrides applocker?

Try creating a user that is not an administrator and running that program in the directory.

This is just a guess.
posted by Jupiter Jones at 12:21 PM on November 20, 2009

Done that, Jupiter. Also mentioned in the question.
posted by jozxyqk at 5:08 AM on November 21, 2009

You've probably already seen it, but could it be this issue?
posted by Admira at 6:36 PM on November 22, 2009

No, I hadn't seen that before, Admira. But I am currently using a "Path Rule", so I'm not sure this is the issue either.
posted by jozxyqk at 2:26 AM on November 23, 2009

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