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Install Fonts - Standard Users

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Hi,

We have a requirement to allow Windows 7 / Windows 8 machines on a  Server 2008 R2 Domain to be able to install Fonts as a standard user. (no admin rights).

From my testing there appears to be 3 locations the user needs write access to

C:\Windows\System32\FNTCACHE.DAT
C:\Windows\Fonts
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENT VERSION\FONTS

This is not a problem to grant and has been done via GP. However the solution does not work due to UAC being enabled. I am not allowed to reduce UAC down or disable it, when disabled fonts can be installed by standard users.

Does anyone know of any fixes / solutions which can allow fonts to be installed which can have UAC enabled.

I have heard of other pieces of software to install it for you, but again not allowed to do that either.

Kind Regards,

Alex
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Joseph Moody earned 1800 total points
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I've seen two ways of handling it.

1. Use an MSI to deploy the fonts - only really works when you have a large selection of fonts to add at once.
2. Let users import fonts to a folder. Then have a script that registers the font.

http://deployhappiness.com/installing-fonts-with-powershell/
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Agree with the suggestion above - use a script. I can offer you a vb script if you prefer.
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