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XP Pro with a DOS app - TB30RUN caused an access violation.  Part of SBS 2003 R2 domain

Posted on 2009-04-07
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A user was set as local admin on a laptop.  Was gumming up his machine with malware so we set him as a limited user.  Now he can't run a DOS app.  An error message - tb30RUN caused an access violation....

is there an easy way to set up a limited user to run a specific DOS app as an administrator?
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run process monitor from sysinternals to see what registry keys/files/folders the app needs write access to and set these specific permissions...
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by:babaganoosh
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Thanks, but...

it's a dos app so I gave full permission to users for the app folder and data folder as a machine admin.  logged in as limited user and tried it - same error

a)In procmon how do you filter for just this program's info?

b) I serched procom for that problem tb30run.exe and saw the process 'explorer' was accessing it, then a bunch of registry query and closes.  but not sure what to do at that point - some of those reg keys may be OK for the limited user / others may not, but for a DOS app, I would think it'd be easier than this?
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you right-click in the output and you will have options for excluding by many criteria.  If you're lucky, you may see Access Denied in the results column...if not you may be in for a long process of checking each key/file that gets accessed...
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by:babaganoosh
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I tried running procmon for that limited user and got a message that IT needs to be run as an admin!  So when I run it and our app as admin, it works fine / can't run either as limited user.

I wound up putting the users into the power user group and it runs fine.  I guess I have to compare power user to limited user vs admin and see if, as power user, they can't muck up their machine.  

I am thinking power user's rights are much closer to admin than it is to limited user, right?

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yes, that is why I didn't recommend Power Users...

If you right-click Procmon.exe, you can select Run As... and run it as an administrator (while logged on as limited user).
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thanks.  I forgot about that!  I've bothered you enough!

Thanks!

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