How can I make Power users have exactly the same access as Administrators on XP

Posted on 2007-12-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-04

Can someone please tell me the permissions, rights, everything that i will need to set within a GPO, in Windows 2003, to allow Power Users running on XP, to have the same access and permissions as Administrators.
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By making them local administrator. Why would you go through the trouble trying to simulate this, while it's simply available?

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Which, BTW is not a good idea security-wise. It's against the least-user-privilige principle.


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Agreed, it is just something I need to know for a test setup
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OK ... I can understand that.
As you probably know: Power Users and Administrators are local built in groups.
You can have a look at their rights: Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Local Security Policy / Local Policies / User Rights Management. On the right you'll find certain rights and who has access.
But there is more: permissions on the registry and on the file system.
To see those use AccessEnum from the sysinternals guys:


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