How to Whitelist Applications on Windows 10 Devices

  • January 14, 2020

Windows devices are widely popular in enterprises as well as educational organizations. Windows Operating System still holds up the majority of the market share for desktops. Thanks to user familiarity, Windows desktops are here to stay. 

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Whitelisting Applications on Windows Devices

As Windows computers are deployed for education or business, one of the major challenges is to configure them for designated purposes without hampering the overall user experience. 

One of the most critical tasks while managing Windows devices for business or education is to create a comprehensive application policy. In the enterprise environment, non-business or entertainment apps can not only cause employee distractions and lead to excess data usage but also can impact the security of corporate data lying on enterprise Windows devices. Without a stringent application whitelisting solution, employees can download any malicious or untrusted application on Windows devices, imposing a threat to data as well as device security. In schools and other educational institutions, uncontrolled app access can cause distractions, defying the purpose of deploying Windows devices.

This is why application whitelisting is critical. With Scalefusion MDM for Windows 10 devices, IT teams can create and enforce extensive application policies. IT admins can whitelist or blacklist applications on Windows devices with ease. IT teams can alternatively lock the Windows device to Single-App mode and block access to any other app.

Let us see how to whitelist an app on Windows 10 devices

1. Navigate to Device Profiles in the Device Profiles and Policies section of the Scalefusion dashboard.

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2. Select the Windows device profile you want to create the application whitelisting for. You can also start off by creating a new profile.

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3. Now, your screen will display the settings for application whitelisting and blacklisting.

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4. Select the ‘Multi-App Kiosk Mode’ option and select the deployment mode.

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5. You can add the primary username or choose to auto-create a kiosk account. 

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6. Now, you can proceed to select the apps that are to be whitelisted on Windows 10 devices. You can choose from a list of UWP and Win32 apps. You can also edit the app details, such as the app name and icon, for further configuration. Click next to continue and save settings.

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All the apps except the ones whitelisted will be automatically blocked on the Windows 10 devices managed by Scalefusion.

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Instead of application whitelisting on Windows devices, you can also opt for application blacklisting

7. Choose ‘App Locker Policy’ and choose to block the selected apps.

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8. Select the apps that you want to block

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In the abovementioned simple steps, applications can be whitelisted or blacklisted on Windows 10 devices. Application whitelisting can help mitigate the primary IT challenges of blocking non-business apps and ensuring employee productivity with up-to-date business apps on Windows 10 devices.

The number of apps that enterprises and individuals access today is immense. It becomes imperative to have total control over the right apps to make them run on the right devices. This is where Scalefusion’s Windows 10 application whitelisting feature gives a productivity edge to businesses.

Explore what the whitelisting apps feature offers and much more with a 14-day free trial now!

Thousands of businesses rely upon Scalefusion for managing their mobile device, desktops, laptops and other endpoints

Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.
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