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Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic lists documentation resources for AppLocker that include product evaluation, getting started guides, procedures, design and deployment guides, technical references, and command references for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

You can use AppLocker as part of your overall security strategy for the following scenarios:

  • Help prevent malicious software (malware) and unsupported applications from affecting computers in your environment.

  • Prevent users from installing and using unauthorized applications.

  • Implement application control policy to satisfy security policy or compliance requirements in your organization.

New and updated resources for AppLocker

Information about new capabilities of AppLocker in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 are published to the Windows Server 2012 TechNet Library. For information, see AppLocker Overview.

Product Evaluation

Getting Started

  • AppLocker Technical Overview

    This technical overview provides a description of AppLocker and can help you decide if you can benefit from deploying AppLocker policies.

  • AppLocker Step-by-Step Guide

    This guide for the IT professional provides step-by-step procedures for using AppLocker and PowerShell commands to restrict the use of applications in a test environment by using Windows Server 2008 R2.

Planning and Deployment

  • AppLocker Policies Design Guide

    This guide introduces the design and planning steps required to deploy application control policies by using AppLocker in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

  • AppLocker Policies Deployment Guide

    This guide provides steps based on your design and planning investigation for deploying application control policies by using AppLocker. It is intended for security architects, security administrators, and system administrators.


  • AppLocker Operations Guide

    This guide contains the procedures and steps necessary to implement application control policies by using AppLocker and is intended for system administrators or security administrators who are responsible for restricting application usage within organizational units or business groups.

  • AppLocker Help

    These online Help topics provide information to assist you with completing AppLocker tasks in Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • AppLocker PowerShell Command Reference

    This reference overview topic introduces the five Windows PowerShell cmdlets that can be used to help manage AppLocker policies.

  • Windows PowerShell Blog: Getting Started with AppLocker management using PowerShell

    The Windows PowerShell Blog provides information about using Windows PowerShell cmdlets for AppLocker.

Technical Reference

  • AppLocker Technical Reference

    This technical reference describes AppLocker, how it works, security considerations, tools, and settings. It also contains links to the AppLocker cmdlets in the Windows PowerShell command reference. Information about specific security issues you need to consider when planning for an AppLocker deployment or administering AppLocker is contained in the Security Considerations for AppLocker topic of this technical reference.