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Launch a game as a basic user

Posted on 2003-03-06
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have my pc under 2000, and i use it with several accounts,  of the user type (not power user, just user, to prevent other users of my pc to mess it up).
I want to run a game (half life not to mention it) as user, and I can't make it. I gave all the NTFS permission to the concerned user on (full control), and it is not enough. I used dependency walker to find the dlls linked to the hl.exe and gave full control over them to the user, and it still does not work. I also allowed this user to create and modify the registry values concerning half life, and it failed.
I don't know what to do, and can't find any answer to my problem, despite the fame of half life, and the fact that i'm sure someone else once tried to do it.
give me ideas, software which could help me, or even better the solution.
Question by:renflo

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ID: 8083286
Check out what your effective permissions are for that file.  Even if you have full control, you might be a member of a group that has been denied read/execute permission.  Deny permissions always override allow permissions when dealing with NTFS.

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ID: 8088804
I have rights to execute this file, in fact i get no error message or anything. but nothing happens. this user is member of the user group, and i tried to put it in the power user group and the game then works. But the tning is that i don't want the user to have so much power as power user have. so i just want to modify the normal user group to allow any member of this group to launch half life. and i don't find any solution.

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ID: 8113330
Some games require administrator access like for instance all the newest versions of BLizzard games.  
You can try a runas command to see if this will help.
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ID: 8113361
this works but i don't want to give the pass to all my user, so that the system is not so easy to mess up with crappy programs.

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ID: 8113892
there is a third party program that will do the runas and keep the password embeded in the startup command.  
Here is a link

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ID: 8121028
this could be a solutions, but i would really like to learn how to do it properly, with a nice administration procedure. Sorry but I'm a difficult person ;)

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craigtin earned 200 total points
ID: 8130469
I would install the runaspro program. Then create a pap file with the account and test it.
Then change permissions on the pap file to deny anything other than execute (use advance menu) for non-administrators.  Now create a shortcut of the pap and paste it into the desktop folders of the users you want to have it.  

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Don’t know if this will help you, but it worked for me.

On my elderly W2K system with an old MX300 (Aureal vortex2) sound card, I found that HL was being denied access (using System Internals Regmon) to the key “HKLM\Software\Aureal\A3D” when trying to run as a normal user.  Changing permissions from Read, to Full Control for Users at this level allowed HL to run ok.

If you cannot find any similar sound related problem on your system, maybe try giving full control to different subkeys under HKLM and narrow it down from there.

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