Windows SteadyState provides administrators with an effective way to restrict software, especially for a single shared computer or for a small environment of shared computers. However, when administrators want to centrally manage software restrictions across many computers or users, we recommend that you set software restrictions by using Group Policy Software Restriction Policies. Software restrictions that are implemented by using Software Restriction Policies across a large number of shared access computers on a given site, domain, or range of organizational units are more efficiently administered than the restrictions that can be implemented by using Windows SteadyState.

Software restrictions that can be applied by using Software Restrictions Policies are identical to those restrictions that can be applied in Windows SteadyState.

For more information on using Group Policy Software Restrictions Policies, see Using Software Restriction Policies to Protect Against Unauthorized Software.