allow users to install sw

I am upgrading from a workgroup to a domain. I want to allow users to be able to install software. What are the possible methods?

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
This is NOT recommended in general.  Allowing users access to systems to install software is a security risk.  And not because the users do something intentionally bad.  But spyware, adware, viruses could all infect a system if/when a user attempts to install unapproved software.

If you insist on giving users the ability to install software, I recommend you create a local computer account for the user to log in to and install software.  Then make the user logon to the domain for network resources, such as printing and files.
the default group profile "power user" will allow them to install most software.

bluesand4Author Commented:
Create another account:
I find this solution difficult to implement, especially if there are many users.

Power user:
I know that they are able to install sw, but this is again a local group.

What I want, is doing it either through GPO or by using a group that has some additional rights.
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bluesand4Author Commented:
...... I mean domain group
How to add a Domain user to a local group (Power Users / Administrators):


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