Add/Remove Programs (Group Policy) on local system

Posted on 2002-04-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
Our PC Administrator configured a local policy on every PC using the Group Policy Object: Local Computer.  This policy is at User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Add&Remove Programs, where he "enabled" -> "Disable Add/Remove Programs."

The problem is, with this setting even the Administrator can not add and remove programs unless he/she disables this Group Policy.  The Administrator will have to change this setting everytime.  What would be an easier way to set this up, so Administrators can perform Add/Remove programs without needing to change this Group Policy setting from enable to disable everytime?

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Possibly, instead of Local Computer- this should be done for all Domain users. Local users should retain control.

I hope this helps !

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>>Possibly, instead of Local Computer- this should be done for all Domain users. Local users should retain

- Putting the GPO at the domain level (in a non-AD config) would allow me as an Admin to install apps/programs and the domain users will be still disallowed this function?  I should note that this is a NT domain and not a W2K domain, if that makes any difference?

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I would test it with a single group, but yes, if you log on locally ( not to the Domain ), then you should retaind admin rights ( once you restore the correct rights for Local Computers ).

I hope this helps !
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Guide to Profiles and policy for NT. Group policy. Group profile mandatory


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I need to remove a 3rd party search bar (with smilies and all that) from quite a few machines on our network.  I can do this on each individual machine, but I wanted to know if there was a way to remove programs with GPO's.  I've worked with GPO's before but I haven't performed a mass software uninstall.  Is this possible and if so how?

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I forgot to tell you the we are using Windows Server 2000, and we are utilizing AD.  Is there a difference in the process using 2003?  (if there is a way to do what I'm attempting)

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