Import an AppLocker policy from another computer

Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and later


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 IT professionals describes how to import an AppLocker policy.

Before completing this procedure, you should have exported an AppLocker policy. For more information, see Export an AppLocker policy to an XML file.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

Caution:  Importing a policy will overwrite the existing policy on that computer.

To import an AppLocker policy

  1. From the AppLocker console, right-click AppLocker, and then click Import Policy.

  2. In the Import Policy dialog box, locate the file that you exported, and then click Open.

  3. The Import Policy dialog box will warn you that importing a policy will overwrite the existing rules and enforcement settings. If acceptable, click OK to import and overwrite the policy.

  4. The AppLocker dialog box will notify you of how many rules were overwritten and imported. Click OK.