Condition: the Windows Defender firewall is configured to block outgoing web connections by default.

What's needed: allow some Windows apps (News, Weather, etc.) to access the Web.

Problem: the owner of the folder "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" is TrustedInstaller and this folder is not viewable even with admin privileges. So one cannot find out the paths of app executables for specifying them in firewal rules.

Question: how to grant web access to individual Windows apps?

My guessing is that one needs to list the contents of "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" folder somehow. But how can it be done?

UPDATE: Many thanks to harrymc for pointing me in the right direction. When he said that the program Everything can access the folder contents I began to think along the following lines: how can a program installed by a user have more privileges than the user himself? If the program can list the folder's contents then there surely must be a way for the user to do that without a third-party program. And then it's dawned on me to run the PowerShell as admin and use good old "ls".

Sorry for the noise.


Use the free Everything tool to search for the file. It works as a system service and so can access the WindowsApps folder.

For example, searching for *news*.exe in the folder C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\, the search term is:

"C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\" *news*.exe

Which finds:

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.BingNews_4.28.3242.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Microsoft.Msn.News.exe.

  • Please see the updated question. – Al Berger Dec 22 '18 at 11:12
  • There are many alternative solutions. Everything is one of my most useful tools, so I took the opportunity to recommend it. If my answer has led to a solution, you might mark it as accepted. – harrymc Dec 22 '18 at 11:43

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