Windows 8.1 - Prevent the Installation of Unsigned Desktop Gadgets

September 2016


Here's how to prevent the installation of digitally unsigned desktop gadgets on Windows 8.1.
The procedure is as follows:
  • Open the Run menu
  • Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  • Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Desktop Gadgets.
  • Double-click on Restrict unpacking and installation of gadgets that are not digitally signed
  • Select Enabled.
  • Click on Apply > OK.

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