How to prevent users from installing Windows XP Mode

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 5 July 2012 / Last Updated on 5 July 2012]

A tip on some ways of blocking users from installing Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 computers.

If you are deploying Windows 7 Enterprise but don't want users to be able to install and use Windows XP Mode on their comptuers, you can do one of the following to block this:

  • Make the users Standard Users instead of local admins on their computers so they won't be able to install programs on them.
  •  Use AppLocker to create a Deny rule for the Windows Virtual PC executable (vmwindows.exe).
  •  Use the Compatibility Administrator in the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) to create a custom APPHELP HARDBLOCK to prevent XP Mode from installing.
  •  Disable hardware virtualization on users' computers and lock the BIOS on their computers with a password, then block access to sites where they can download the hardware-assisted virtualization emulation hotfix.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.


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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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