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Windows 7 users having trouble when installing drivers.

Posted on 2011-03-11
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Our WIN7 users are encountering issues when installing printer drivers or other peripherial drivers.  This happens because they are not a local admin of their PC.  

Besides giving them local admin right, are there any work around?  Our users includes the ones who travels meaning from time to time, they detach their laptops the domain.

Please advise.  

Many thanks.
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I think you can give them limited local admin via group policy to add printers

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http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprosecurity/thread/df21d2c2-c2d4-4107-bfe3-bf8c5a1cd946
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As mentioned at the beginning, we have a lot of users who travel and bring their computer with them.  Group policy will not work when they do not login to the domain.

Thanks.
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no so it will only work if they connect to the domain so I dont think any other way will work
so the only real way if thats not posible is local admin
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I tried out steps in this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc725772(printer).aspx to enter the GUID of a test printer into local group policy but still get prompted when I install the same printer when login as a non-admin.

Any idea?  
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Try using the DevicePath registry entry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

DevicePath = %systemroot%\inf;

Add each folder path individually to the line as you would in a normal Path statement.

Example: you have drivers for a scanner in C:\Drivers\Scanner

DevicePath = %systemroot%\inf;C:\Drivers\Scanner;

This works for everything EXCEPT printers.  For printers, you can include the drivers and path in DevicePath, but you also have to make the change in Group Policy locally to allow non-admins the ability to add print drivers.

Computer Config>Windows Settings>security Settings>Local Policies>Security Options:


Devices: Prevent Users from installing printer drivers = DISABLED
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thanks everyone.
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