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How can I prevent users from installing unauthorized software?

How can I prevent users from installing software on PCs within the domain?
The best, but hardest, way is via Software Restriction Policies. The goal of Software Restriction Policies is to have you specifically dictate what can and cannot run. In other words, you can specify that users can't even run the installation utility to software applications unless you've approved it. Be sure to check out Software Restriction Policies. They're great!
This was last published in May 2005

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