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is there a workaround to create a user account just to be able to do updates for existing programs on windows 7? in windows xp, can put under power users. under users group in windows 7, sometimes can encounter issues in doing some updates.
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by:Bryant Schaper
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never tried, but what about right clicking and run as administrator.  Does it allow power users to authenticate.  Could just be a UAC issue.  We have many pieces of older software that are not UAC aware.
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You should be able to re-create the Power Users group by doing the following:

1. Create a local group called, "Power Users".
2. Grant that group "Modify" rights to "C:\Program Files" and--if you have it--"C:\Program Files (x86)". Double-check that subfolders and files have inherited the permissions change. If you want power users to also be able to update and install drivers, then give the group modify permissions for "C:\Windows\System32" and subfolders and files. The only difference between "Modify" vs "Full Control" is that "Full Control" gives the user rights to further modify the permissions.
3. There is no "Modify" for registry rights, so grant "Power Users" full control of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, and if you want them to be able to install/upgrade software that runs a service then also HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG.

I would recommend against letting power users mess with services and drivers. Those are tasks better suited for Administrators only.
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Windows has no workaround for this. We cannot empower users to do certain things in a secure way if that would mean the user would have to do it interactively (= using visible windows, as opposed to background scripts).
Setting up a group that mimic the legacy power users group would not help as UAC simply does not care for non-admins, no matter what folders they have access to: setup.exe triggers UAC and UAC wants admins.

So you need a 3rd party solution: powerbroker by beyondtrust http://www.beyondtrust.com/Products/PowerBrokerforWindows/
Without, you could only use software deployment or software on-demand-assignment by GPOs, but that's not the same.
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by:R. Toby Richards
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You can turn off UAC in Control Panel / User Settings.
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No. If turned off, setup will not even start (at least not a setup.exe that triggers UAC "at first click"). Try it.
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by:grnow
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would prefer not to let the users be able to install any program but just to do updates for existing installed programs... most likely would need to use a 3rd party software like McKnife propose
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