How to Disable Installation Restriction Policies

By Tiffany Garden

Windows' Group Policy Editor allows a network administrator to set specific restrictions on users installing software. The administrator can tighten network security by preventing unauthorized users from installing software they download or bring in. The policy can be disabled if the situation requires it using the Group Policy Editor.

Step 1

Click "Start" and type "gpedit.msc." Click the entry that pops up in the search results. The Group Policy Editor window appears.

Step 2

Click "Computer Configuration" or "User Configuration," depending on whether the software restriction is set at a user or workstation level.

Step 3

Click "Windows Settings," "Security Settings," then "Software Restriction Policies."

Step 4

Double-click the policy restricting software installation. Change the radio button to "Disabled." Click "Apply" and "OK." The software installation restrictions should be removed at this point.

Tips & Warnings

  • You must be logged in as an administrator on the computer or on the network to change group policy. If the group policy is administered through a domain network or server, you may need to change the policy on the server itself, not the individual workstations.