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Windows 7 admin privileges prompt

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We have upgraded all our machines to W7 Pro and given no one admin previes to the local machine, but if we login as admin and configure a printer or an app like camera, when the user logs in they don't have the app or we have to install the print driver again. Also, some prompt for admin creds to install something and some don't.

1) how can we make something we install, app or driver available for any user that logs in, without reinstalling?
2) can we make the admin prompt come up to install or modify something, when a standard user is logged in?

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With Windows 7 Pro, you should make certain the administrator userid remains disabled, that all users are Standard users and that UAC (User Account Control) is ON.

If all 3 of these are honoured, then any attempt to install software will provide a UAC prompt to give credentials.
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Hurst: "UAC (User Account Control) is ON." UAC controls this in W7?!?! I was turning it off.

What about having to load print drivers again, as the user? For instance when we get a new machine in we login as admin and take care of everything, then when we put a machine out and the user logs in, we have to load again.
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Load the Print drivers in the User's profile (user account) and you will not have to load them again.

You should not turn UAC off. That is an OPEN invitation to having the machine wrecked by nefarious links ("I can speed up your computer").  

So then to expand on the first point here, all software should be run and tested in the user's account so that it does not cause UAC to pop up in the user's hands.

Are you coming from XP?  Windows 7 is night and day different from XP.
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Cool on the UAC and all the random web site apps/ads, etc.

We're used to W7, just could not figure out why some prompted for admin previes and some don't. the ones that don't, we have LOGGGG OUT back in as admin, do what we need then log BACCCKKK in, really annoying.
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I find that in most cases (more than 75% of cases) I do not have to log out. I merely need to run something or install something as administrator, provide the credentials and then let it install. That is true for print drivers as well.

For something like Office, QuickBooks and Adobe, I tend to log out, and log back in as admin. But for run of the mill maintenance projects, I just use the user's profile and Run as Administrator. This works well.
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So if we turn UAC back on, we should get the prompt across all the machines?
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Yes, if UAC is ON for a given machine, access an install or similar activity will cause the credential prompt to appear.
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Fast and prompt, best regards.
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@hdoolittle  - You are most welcome and I was happy to help.
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