You can use Smart App Control on your PC if you update to Windows 11 instead of purchasing a PC with Windows 11 pre-installed, but there’s a catch.
According to a Microsoft blog post published Tuesday (April 5), Windows 11 will have several new security capabilities, such as the ability to remotely wipe a user’s hard drive. An official Microsoft Enterprise and OS Security VP, David Weston, is quoted in the piece, which focuses on the development of Smart App Control and other security capabilities for hybrid work environments.
“Our new Smart App Control only permits processes to execute that are predicted to be safe based on code certifications or an AI model for application trust within the Microsoft cloud,” according to the blog post. Terrorist threat information delivers trillions of signals that are used to infer models 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When a new Windows 11 programme is started, it is tested against this model to ensure that only known safe apps are permitted to execute.”
Windows 11 will launch with Smart App Control pre-installed on new devices,” it continues. Devices running prior Windows 11 versions will need to be reset and reinstalled in order to use this functionality.
Simply put, a nanny function in Windows 11 will alert you (and maybe do more) if Microsoft determines that a programme you’ve downloaded is a danger or annoyance to you or your PC. This feature will be part of Windows 11. Microsoft’s Windows Defender (formerly known as Microsoft Defender Antivirus) employs machine learning and big data analysis to determine whether or not files on your PC are harmful.
A preview version of Smart App Control was made available to Windows Insiders last month as part of the Dev Channel’s Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22567, but the functionality has yet to be made accessible to the general public (opens in new tab).
That preview build’s release notes explain a bit about SAC in more detail: It begins in “evaluation mode,” in which Microsoft claims it tries to gather information about your PC and how it may help “without getting in your way too much.” Microsoft. Obviously, if you determine it can benefit you, it will turn itself on, and if not, it will turn itself off. Using a new Smart Program Control management panel in the App & browser control area of the Windows 11 Security app, you may turn it on or off without waiting.
However, Microsoft warns that disabling Smart App Control would require a PC restart in order to re-enable it. You can’t force Windows to execute a programme that Smart App Control says shouldn’t be run because it’s untrustworthy because you enabled Smart App Control.
According to a Microsoft support website for the functionality, “Smart App Control protection for specific programmes” cannot be bypassed at this time. Turning off Smart App Control or contacting the app’s creator and urging them to sign their app with a genuine signature are also options you have.
A hands-off security feature that will be gradually trickling out to Windows 11 users sounds like a horrible way to put it up. Driver updates(opens in new tab), Kasperksy Antivirus, and Steam are just a few examples of the kind of apps that customers have complained about being blocked by SAC in the Windows Feedback Hub’s Smart App Control area (which you can reach on Windows by using Win + F) (opens in new tab).
Once Smart App Control has completed the Windows Insider testing process and has been issued to the entire public as a Windows 11 update, we’ll know for sure how effective it is. The major Windows 11 22H2 upgrade, which is scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2022, will include the new feature. By that time, Microsoft should have introduced more granular control choices to Smart App Control, allowing you to determine how and when the software on your PC is managed.