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Allow only per user or approved shell extensions



This setting is designed to ensure that shell extensions can operate on a per-user basis. If you enable this setting Windows is directed to only run those shell extensions that have either been approved by an administrator or that will not impact other users of the machine. A shell extension only runs if there is an entry in at least one of the following locations in registry. For shell extensions that have been approved by the administrator and are available to all users of the computer there must be an entry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Shell Extensions -> Approved. For shell extensions to run on a per-user basis there must be an entry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Shell Extensions -> Approved.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # EnforceShellExtensionSecurity

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> File Explorer

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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