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How To Fix “This Program Is Blocked By Group Policy” in Windows 11

It feels frustrating when you try to launch a program on your device and it states “This Program Is Blocked By Group Policy”.

errors such as: could not add the requested feature, error while attempting to set new desktop settings, execution of windows script host failed, unable to execute file: c:\users\file_path, are caused when program is blocked by group policy in windows 11
Examples of Some Errors caused when Program is blocked by Group Policy

The main cause of this problem is because some third-party software with administrative privileges enabled the Software Restriction Policy in the Group Policy, thus restricting other applications from being installed on the system.

Now, all we have to do is to revert the settings changed by the 3rd Party Software and disable the Software Restriction Policy.

By the end of this article, you will be able to ix Program blocked by Group Policy in Windows 11 by using the methods below:

Step #1: Open the “Edit Group Policy” app from the Start menu.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step #2: Expand the left pane and navigate to the following path: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System and Double click the ‘Don’t run specified Windows Applications’ option and it will appear in form of a popup panel.

select the do not run specified windows applications option
“Don’t run specified Windows Applications”

Step #3: Select the ‘Disabled’ option and click the apply button.

select the disabled option and press apply button
Select the “Disabled Option”

If you enable this policy setting, users cannot run programs that you add to the list of disallowed applications.

To create a list of allowed applications, click Show. In the Show Contents dialog box, in the Value column, type the application executable name (example, Winword.exe, Poledit.exe, Powerpnt.exe).

If you disable this policy setting or set it to “do not configure it”, users can run any program.

This policy setting only prevents users from running programs that are started by the File Explorer process. It does not prevent users from running built-in system processes and programs such as Task Manager, Command Prompt, PowerShell.

Step #1: Open “Registry Editor” from the start menu.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step #2: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft. Right Click and delete the String Value or edit and clear the value data and press the ‘OK’ button.

clear the value data and press the ok button
Clear “Value Data”

Step #1: Create a new text document on the desktop.

notepad app icon in windows 11
Notepad App Icon

Step #2: Type: REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Safer\CodeIdentifiers\ /v DefaultLevel /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00040000 /f, now save and exit the file.

command to unblock apps in windows 11

Step #3: Now, simply change the file extension from .txt to .bat by right-clicking on the file and renaming the file to File-Name.bat.

change file extension from txt to bat
Bat File Icon

Step #4: Double Click and run the bat file extension and the command prompt will open for a second and the command will be executed.

There is a possibility that your device’s antivirus has a built-in configuration to enable the Software Restriction Policy on your device, thus blocking the user’s access to access the program. In this scenario, check the Antivirus Settings and disable the feature (if any). Even if the problem is not solved, try pausing the Antivirus program temporarily.

Why is the program blocked by Group Policy in Windows?

This program is blocked by group policy error is usually caused by the user forgetting to enable the Software Restriction Policy (Human Error), or another 3rd Party application reconfiguring the Local Policy Settings and ends up turning on the Software Restrictions or bug conflicting with some software’s code (Technical Error), thus enabling the Software Restriction Policy.


Once the problem is solved, it’s highly recommended to backup Group Policy on your device to prevent the unintended loss of existing stable settings.

So we have covered four ways to fix the program blocked by group policy in Windows 11.

There are various causes of this issue, and at the same time, there are many different methods to solve it. You can implement the methods one at a time and choose the method that works best on your version of Windows.

Method #1: Using Local Group Policy.

Method #2: Using Registry Editor.

Method #3: Using Custom Batch File

Method #4: Disabling Antivirus Temporarily.

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