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Need help with Windows XP SP2 Security Policy

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I have a user who logs on to my domain, but has an application that is loaded only on her local machine. I need to give her the ability to have full control of that application so that she can download and install updates for that application (Peachtree Accounting, if that helps). I've currently made her a PowerUser, given her full control of the PeachTree application directory and also full control of the HKEY_Local_Machine \ Software keys for the application. When I'm logged in as her, she can successfully download the updated, but receives an error that she must have full administrative privileges in order to install the updates...and since she is the owner of the company, she wants to be able to do this and won't take no for an answer. I'm assuming the solution lies within the local security policy on her machine, which I have zero experience with. Help?

I'll award partial-points for good suggestions, if necessary.
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It's probably trying to update files in the %windir% folders, in which case making her a local admin (admin on that machine only) be the simplest cure.

If you wanted you could make her a local admin, apply the updates, then change her back to a power user.
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by:evilwalrus77
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The only problem with that is that I don't see an option to make her a local admin only, without giving her admin rights to my domain, as well.
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Log in to the PC as Domain Admin (or any other local admin account), right click on My Computer, select "Manage". Under Local Users and groups you can make her a local admin by expanding groups, double click "Administrators", click ADD...put in her domain acct ID.
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Well, it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, but it did work, so kudos to you. Thanks for the help.
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by:The_IT_Garage
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Sorry it's not a perfect fit, but thanks for the points! The "proper" way is certainly more involved.
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