Executable rules in AppLocker

Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server

This topic describes the file formats and available default rules for the executable rule collection.

AppLocker defines executable rules as any files with the .exe and .com extensions that are associated with an app. Because all of the default rules for the executable rule collection are based on folder paths, all files under those paths will be allowed. The following table lists the default rules that are available for the executable rule collection.

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