Printer Install Permissions

The scenario is a server 2008 R2 domain with Win 7 workstations.  Only admins can install printers and other software.  Even when I set the local user account with administrator permissions, the local user still can't install software  or printers - it takes a domain admin to get it done. Is there any way to apply permissions to a given domain user account that would give this one user the ability to install printers and software but not have the ability to access others' data files?
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JAN PAKULAICT Infranstructure ManagerCommented:
1 in group policy management do that

“User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates: …\Control Panel\Printers”, double-click on Point and Print Restrictions in the right hand pane and set it to Disabled. Click OK to save the changes
(make sure that this group policy is applied)
2 Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings ->
-> Local Policies -> Security Options
and change Devices: Prevent users from installing printer drivers setting to disabled.

3Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> System ->
Driver Installation
and edit Allow non-administrators to install drivers for these device setup classes setting.
click show and add these classes


save setting


all classes available here

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CTSLAAuthor Commented:
This sounds like just what I needed.  I'll reply again after I've tried it out.  Thank you.
CTSLAAuthor Commented:
I found my way through step 1 and 2, but it seems the GPO for step 3 is not accessible on Server 2003.  It looks like I have to deploy RSAT and GPMC on a Windows 7 machine to have the ability to "allow non administrators to install drivers ...".  Please let me know if there's another way to do this.  Thank you for your assistance.
JAN PAKULAICT Infranstructure ManagerCommented:
yes you will have to do it as server 2003 will not have updated gpos

you will need rsat on windows 7 with enabled group policy management (under control panel --> programs and features make sure you enable it)

and central store for gpos

windows server 2003 support ends @ 7/14/2015 - so quickly think about update
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