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Preventing the installation of software

Hi All,
I have a network of about 20 users.  The users are mostly power users.  I am interested in preventing them from installing new software on their computers.  But is the local group policy the only way to do this.  I was hoping that there was a way to do this from the domain group policy.  It would be much easier this way.  Furthermore, I would like certain user able to install software if needed on any computer.  

Also can anyone share with me their company's policies on installing software that is shareware (such as winzip...Etc.)
Thanks.
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smpross
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joshsfinnCommented:
FYI, WinZip is not shareware for buisness use - it's only free for personal use.
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mikeleebrlaCommented:
if the user is set up as a LOCAL power user or LOCAL administrator they will be able to install software.  If you don't want them to be able to install software you will have to make them only local users, IE not in the local admin or local power user group.
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smprossAuthor Commented:
I know this, however, they have some proprietary software that requires the user to be power users!  Any other ideas.  Scott
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