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Power Policy Manager unable to set active policy. Access denied

Posted on 2003-11-18
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Two different Dell laptops (C610 and D600) with windows XP installed behave different with powermanagement.

On both laptops the users have only restriced user access rights and are not part of a domain.

On one laptop (C610) the user can without problems change the battery power settings. On the other laptop (D600) the user gets the error mentionned above.

Microsoft treats this problem in: Q307066 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307066

They say however that the only solution is to give the user local administrator rights. This is not an option in my case and apparently this is not necessary. On one laptop it is working like I wish.

How can I enable all restricted users on every windows XP laptop to change the power management settings?
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Question by:Victor_Marinus
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You could try giving them administrative rights to the registry key where the change is made.

That would be:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg

Give the user temporary administrtive privelages and have them log on.
Then you do the following:
START | RUN |REGEDIT
Navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\PowerCfg

Right clilck on the Key and select permissions. Click on the user's name and give them full permission.

Close Explorer
Remove the user from the administrators group

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by:Victor_Marinus
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Thanks for the tip:

I searched in the regsitry based on your tip and did change (as administrator) the following:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Controls Folder\PowerCfg

I changed the permissions for restricted users to the same permissions as Power Users:
Added: Set Value / Create Subkey/ Delete

I also checked the Replace permission on child ... checkbox in order to make the change complete.

Now when I create a new user he also can chenge the settings.
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by:gemarti
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All of my laptop user's are Administrators on the system, but various policies are set to prevent them from doing much harm. The key for you was either elevating the permissions or granting the user permission to the specific registry keys.

Is the problem resolved?
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by:Victor_Marinus
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The problem is indeed solved.

Thanks!
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by:gemarti
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Thank you.
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