Script rules in AppLocker

Applies to

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

This article describes the file formats and available default rules for the script rule collection.

AppLocker defines script rules to include only the following file formats:

  • .ps1
  • .bat
  • .cmd
  • .vbs
  • .js

The following table lists the default rules that are available for the script rule collection.

Purpose Name User Rule condition type
Allows members of the local Administrators group to run all scripts (Default Rule) All scripts BUILTIN\Administrators Path: *\
Allow all users to run scripts in the Windows folder (Default Rule) All scripts located in the Windows folder Everyone Path: %windir%\*
Allow all users to run scripts in the Program Files folder (Default Rule) All scripts located in the Program Files folder Everyone Path: %programfiles%\*

Note

When a script runs that is not allowed by policy, AppLocker raises an event indicating that the script was "blocked". However, the actual script enforcement behavior is handled by the script host. In the case of PowerShell, "blocked" scripts will still run, but only in Constrained Language Mode. Authorized scripts run in Full Language Mode.