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Administrator/User Accounts

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Summer1, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Summer1

    Summer1 Flightless Bird

    Hello All.

    I was under the impression that only an 'Administrator' could install and
    remove programs but even in 'User' mode (which is how I am signed in all of
    the time, even though I am the administrator), I am still able yo install and
    remove programs.

    Why is that? Is there a setting that has to be changed so that a 'User'
    cannot install or remove programs?
     
  2. Mike S

    Mike S Flightless Bird

    On 6/18/2010 7:34 PM, Summer1 wrote:
    >
    > Hello All.
    >
    > I was under the impression that only an 'Administrator' could install and
    > remove programs but even in 'User' mode (which is how I am signed in all of
    > the time, even though I am the administrator), I am still able yo install and
    > remove programs.
    >
    > Why is that? Is there a setting that has to be changed so that a 'User'
    > cannot install or remove programs?


    Is it a Power User account? The reason I ask is it looks like there is a
    significant difference between that and a User account (shortened
    excerpt from page shown here, more content is on the page):

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...ndows_security_default_settings.mspx?mfr=true

    Power Users

    ....The default permissions that are allotted to this group allow this
    group's members to modify computerwide settings.

    ....Members of the Power Users group have more permissions than members
    of the Users group and fewer than members of the Administrators group.
    Power Users can perform any operating system task except tasks reserved
    for the Administrators group.

    Power Users can:

    • Install programs that do not modify operating system files or install
    system services.
    • Customize systemwide resources including printers, date, time, power
    options, and other Control Panel resources.
    • Create and manage local user accounts and groups.
    • Stop and start system services which are not started by default.

    Mike
     
  3. Summer1

    Summer1 Flightless Bird

    No, I am referring to a 'regular' User account.

    "Mike S" wrote:

    > On 6/18/2010 7:34 PM, Summer1 wrote:
    > >
    > > Hello All.
    > >
    > > I was under the impression that only an 'Administrator' could install and
    > > remove programs but even in 'User' mode (which is how I am signed in all of
    > > the time, even though I am the administrator), I am still able yo install and
    > > remove programs.
    > >
    > > Why is that? Is there a setting that has to be changed so that a 'User'
    > > cannot install or remove programs?

    >
    > Is it a Power User account? The reason I ask is it looks like there is a
    > significant difference between that and a User account (shortened
    > excerpt from page shown here, more content is on the page):
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...ndows_security_default_settings.mspx?mfr=true
    >
    > Power Users
    >
    > ....The default permissions that are allotted to this group allow this
    > group's members to modify computerwide settings.
    >
    > ....Members of the Power Users group have more permissions than members
    > of the Users group and fewer than members of the Administrators group.
    > Power Users can perform any operating system task except tasks reserved
    > for the Administrators group.
    >
    > Power Users can:
    >
    > • Install programs that do not modify operating system files or install
    > system services.
    > • Customize systemwide resources including printers, date, time, power
    > options, and other Control Panel resources.
    > • Create and manage local user accounts and groups.
    > • Stop and start system services which are not started by default.
    >
    > Mike
    > .
    >
     
  4. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jun 18, 10:34 pm, Summer1 <Summ...@discussions.microsoft.com>
    wrote:
    > Hello All.
    >
    > I was under the impression that only an 'Administrator' could install and
    > remove programs but even in 'User' mode (which is how I am signed in all of
    > the time, even though I am the administrator), I am still able yo installand
    > remove programs.
    >
    > Why is that? Is there a setting that has to be changed so that a 'User'
    > cannot install or remove programs?


    Your system could be set to restrict many operations in many different
    ways.

    There is a setting that can prevent users from installing and removing
    programs but still allow them to perform other general administrative
    tasks.

    Malicious software can also modify your settings so that even though
    you are 100% sure you are logged into a user account with Computer
    Administrator access, you will still get messages like:

    System Restore had been turned off by group policy. To turn on System
    Restore contact your domain Administrator.

    All we know right now is you are unable to install and remove
    programs.

    Tell us what program or system operation is not working
    If it does not compromise personal information, what program is giving
    you problems
    Tell us the error message you see when you try to install/remove
    programs or attempt the system operation (it doesn't work is not a
    good answer)
    Tell us about your system:

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    msinfo32

    Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
    All, Copy and then paste the information back here.

    There will be some personal information (like System Name and User
    Name), and whatever appears to be private information to you, just
    delete it from the pasted information.

    This will minimize back and forth Q&A and eliminate guesswork.



    If you specify what happens when you try to install/remove a program
    using a regular user account that is configured as a Computer
    Administrator, you will get solutions that work instead of things to
    try.
     

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