Block access to apps, files and folders on Windows with AskAdmin

It’s your Windows computer, so it only makes sense for you to choose what other users can access while using it.


You may not want users to use Skype or go to a particular folder that contains sensitive information. You may not want them to install apps from the Microsoft Store. You can block access to all these things and more with an app called AskAdmin.

Here’s how to restrict apps, files, and folders using AskAdmin.


How to download and install AskAdmin on Windows

AskAdmin is a freemium app, which means it has both free and paid features – the free features are all you need for this guide. To download the app, go to the AskAdmin download page. Then scroll down and click on the To download knob.

AskAdmin is downloaded as a ZIP file, which you need to extract on your Windows computer. Then open the folder you extracted and double click AskAdmin.exe or AskAdmin_x64.exedepending on whether you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit system, to start the installer.

Once you agree to the UAC prompt by clicking Yesfollow the instructions to continue installing AskAdmin.

Restrict access to an item with AskAdmin (create a block list)

You can block access to an app, file and folder by adding it to AskAdmin’s block list.

The list is quite easy to create and all you need to do is launch AskAdmin and then drag and drop the item you want to block into the open window.

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There is another way to add items to the block list. In the AskAdmin window, click the blue plus icon in the top right section. In the dialog box, find the item you want to add to the block list.

When you have found the item, select it and click the Open knob.

Now when another user tries to access the blocked item, AskAdmin will deny them access.

Now you can add as many apps, files and folders as you want to the block list.

Remove items from AskAdmin’s block list

Removing an item from the block list is also quite easy. Select it and click on the red minus icon in the menu above the list. You will be asked if you are sure you want to delete the selected item, so click Yes.

If you want, you can select more than one item to remove from the block list by Shift-clicking or by checking the checkbox on the left. Once you unblock them, they will become accessible again.

Can you block universal Windows applications with AskAdmin?

AskAdmin can also block Windows Universal apps, such as Microsoft Edge and Messenger. To do that, click on Extras > Block built-in (UWP) apps in the main menu.

Hold down Shift and click the UWP apps you want to block, then click Block selected items. The blocked items will now appear in the block list.

You can also block the Microsoft Store to prevent people from installing apps by clicking Extras > Block Microsoft Store.

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Can you block Windows components with AskAdmin?

You can also block some Windows components with AskAdmin. To do that, click on Extras > Block Windows Componentsand then choose task management, Registry Editoror Microsoft Edge.

Now no one can access those Windows components.

Choose what other users can access on your Windows PC

If you don’t want people to have access to certain apps, files and folders on your Windows computer, you can easily block access to them with AskAdmin. You can even restrict universal apps and certain Windows components. And when you want to restore access, you can unblock them with a few clicks.

You now have more control over what people can do on your computer.

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