Installing applications in profile of member of USERS group
Posted on 2002-03-06
The OS is Windows 2000 professional and the question below refers to just local users profiles.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO INSTALL APPLICATIONS IN THE USER PROFILE OF A MEMBER OF THE USERS GROUP???
I can't find an answer to this anywhere. One of the first things I learnt after installing Windows 2000 from the doocumentation was that they strongly advise you not to access the Internet while logged in as administrator in order to protection against attack on the system. Based on that advise then I set up another (local) user account and made this user a member of the USERS group. My intent is to use this (safe) account for normal operation of the computer and then logging in as administrator only when I need to do administration. But immediately I found myself faced with the question I am asking: how do I install an application in that safe profile? Members of the USERS group cannot install applications.
The method I came up with was to install the application while logged in as administrator and then copying the program group (or program shortcut) that was created in "..\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs" to "..\Documents and Settings\SafeUser\Start Menu\Programs". It seemed to work for most applications but I am having problems with some. The fact that I am having problems with some applications and that this method is so tedious, low level, and just filled with possiblities for errors--you have to make sure user permissions are correct for all files and directories that the user or the application must access--leads me to suspect that there must be a more straightforward way. CAN YOU TELL ME THE PROPER WAY, OR POINT ME TO AN ARTICLE WHICH DISCUSSES THIS? IS THIS THE PROPER WAY?