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Is there any way in Windows XP, Vista or 7, where you can set a domain user as a restricted user, but then allow to install certain approved applications? For example, allow them to download and install updates to TweetDeck themselves?

I'm looking for a way to say "these applications are approved and you may install them if they have this name, and come from the URL, etc".

I know about using GPO to automate installs, but I don't think that is an option with TweetDeck and other Adobe Air apps.

Thanks!

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You might take a look at AppLocker which is a new microsoft technology intended to give this type ofcontrol over installing applications. However, it's Windows 7 only.

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This is a perfect solution...almost. To enable AppLocker, each of our users needs to be running Windows 7 Enterprise edition (equivalent to Ultimate on the personal side). I was so looking forward to this being the solution, but our company couldn't afford to get the licenses so we opted for Win 7 Professional instead. –  Ken Pespisa Mar 10 '11 at 15:27
    
wow - I didn't realize it was only available in Enterprise. –  Knox Mar 10 '11 at 16:31
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Try setting up software restriction policies. Only add certain file paths like C:\Program files\tweetdeck and all other locations tweetdeck needs to update for its install. the only problem i see is having them setup as restricted users..

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