Password protect an application or program

Gigabyte / Ga-ma770-ud3
June 18, 2011 at 12:38:16
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 (64 bit), 3 GHz / 8188 MB
Is it possible in Windows 7 (either via a windows feature or an add-on program) to password protect individual programs or software so that when you try to run the software you first need to provide a password?

Please note this is not the same as UAC in Windows 7. I want to be able to lock down certain programs so that when a user tries to run the program (say Internet Explorer or Microsoft Access) they will be prompted for a password. This would be very handy in a shared user scenario.

Is this possible via the group policy editor?


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June 18, 2011 at 15:53:01
This is not supported by Windows but third party applications may provide this feature. Windows security doesn't work that way.Windows security is based on the users account and the groups it is a member of. This is in the files and folder security properties. Don't change anything here unless you know what you are doing.

Note that if the user is using an admin account he can evade any and all restrictions you might impose.

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June 18, 2011 at 16:07:16
Thanks LMiller7.

This is why I don't want to use built-in security because it's pretty simple at best! As you said anyone can bypass windows security if they have admin privileges on the machine. I was hoping that the group policy editor would have some feature that allowed this but doesn't look like it.

Are you aware of any software that can do this?

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