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we have domain users that have problems connecting to network printers as domain users, unless if a user is a local admin which is someting we don't want them to be.
Is there any work around this? I mean Leave them as domain users, but with ability to connect to the printers and install the drivers?

thanks
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Have you attempted to add the users to the local Power Users group?  Within this group they should be able to add a networked printer and install printer drivers.
Check out this link which has a section describing the different default groups.
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/windows_security_default_settings.mspx?mfr=true
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But with power users group, they can install applications also, which is not good.
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Ok, then how about changing the Group Policy to allow users to install printers.

Edit a group policy that applies to the users and then go to Computer settings --> Windows Settings --> Security Settings --> Local Policies --> Security Options and then change "Devices: Prevent users from installing printer drivers" to disabled.  Wait for group policy to refresh or force it to refresh on the local machine by issuing the command gpupdate /force and then try it again.  Your users should now be able to install printer drivers.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
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