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How do I reinstate Power User privileges in Windows 7 like it was in XP?

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There are numerous articles on the web that say you can almost reinstate the Power User privileges of XP to Windows 7 by utilizing a GPO.  No one gives details on how to do this.  I am running on a doamin at my facility.  Do you know of any documentation that describes just how to do this?
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by:Don Thomson
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The user must be a power user on the domain and must be a menber of the domain. If they are just a member of a workgroup - then you can't - without modifying the GPO on the local machine

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by:johnb6767
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From my understanding of the PU group, it is only for Backwards Compatibility......

Are you aware of the risks of running as a Power User?

A member of the Power Users group may be able to gain administrator rights and permissions in Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, or Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/825069

If you just need to elevate certain apps, or certain functions in Windows, there are other alternatives....

Power Broker
http://www.beyondtrust.com/Products/PowerBroker-Desktops-Windows-Edition/

And a free version....

http://www.beyondtrust.com/Products/PowerBroker-Desktops-Free-Tool/

I know it is not a direct answer to your question, but I thought I would offer.....
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by:Lou_Price
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DTHConsulting - Yep, the users involed in this are members of the Doamin and Power Users group.  What we're looking for is detail instructions on how to grant them the privileges.  I'm finding out that this is not a straight forward process.

johnb6767 - I'll take a look at your suggested solution.  The application I'm having fits with is run on a UNIX box.  As programs are modified/created the end user needs to download the code the first time it's accessed.  Worked great under Power Users group under XP.  I need that in W7.
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by:johnb6767
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Check out this process, to see if you can see if the Permissions Restrictions are only in a few spots.....

Process Monitor
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/processmonitor.mspx

Save this to the root of C as an Admin, and login the problem user. Do a RunAs with your Admin Credentials to launch it, and then set the the filter at the top to Include "Result" is "Access Denied" then "Include", and then try and recreate the errors by launching the app. Then go look at the logging, and it will tell you where the permissions are restrictive. Once you open those up, keep retrying until you get the desired results....

Keep track of your changes, as they can be scripted to deploy to the other systems......

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by:Lou_Price
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john6767 - I am out of the office this week opening up a new warehouse in California.  I'll be back in my office to try this next week.  I'll give it a shot and see what it points out.  Until then, many thanks.
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To All - Found a much cleaner way of resolving this problem by running a virtual XP mode PC under Windows 7.  This setup has the power users rights I was looking for.  Now just as long as MS doesn't remove this feature from future redentiions of Windows I'll be okay until we upgrade.

Thanks for all your suggestions.

Lou
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