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How can I as an administrator add someone to a group without having to log them off?

Posted on 2006-07-10
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Many times I need to make a change to someone PC by adding them to a group or I have to be an administrator to add software on pc's in the company I work for.  Is there a way I can leave them logged on and have myself logged on as an administrator at the same time?  I know for somethings I can hold down the control key and do a right click but that isn't an option a lot of the times.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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In regads to your question:
AFAIK, you cannot. Windows only reads the groups to which the user belongs to when logging in.
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by:rsivanandan
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When a user logs in, a security identifier is assigned to the id. Now if you add him to another group, he needs to kinda refresh this thing and that can be only done by log off and log back in.

Regarding install/work as administrator user, you can have him logged in and use the 'runas' and install/launch the program you want.

Cheers,
Rajesh
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by:benab
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Hi angelIII,

Two accounts can be logged into the same Windows XP computer with Fast User Switching.  I don't know if the changes you make from one account will immediatly show up in in the other.  
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279765/EN-US/

Fast User Switching is not an option if the computer is part of a domain.  This is the case for most business computers.

This may be helpful to read. Other people have the same problem.
http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2003/11/21/55799.aspx



Good luck,
Ben
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by:wgallipeau
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Rajesh
How to I get to get the runas command or lauch/install command up.  As I mentioned, I can get it sometimes when I use control/right click but it doesn't always work.  What else can I do that will take care of that problem for me?
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