How AppLocker works

Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11
  • Windows Server 2016 and above


Some capabilities of Windows Defender Application Control are only available on specific Windows versions. Learn more about the Windows Defender Application Control feature availability.

This topic for the IT professional provides links to topics about AppLocker architecture and components, processes and interactions, rules and policies.

The following topics explain how AppLocker policies for each of the rule condition types are evaluated:

The following topics explain how AppLocker rules and policies work:

Additional resources