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Windows 7: Add Printers without admin rights

02 Feb 2010   #1

Add Printers without admin rights

Hello Guys,

I am looking for an solution.

I have a computer (no domain, no network, no internet ), with 2 Users ( 1x admin, 1x User with poweruser rights ). The User should have the right to install new printers ( the printer are changing every few days for testing ).

Normally Windows 7 recognize new printer, but only few he don´t recognize and he wants a admin user for installing driver. But I can´t give the User admin rights. What could i do, to solve my problem?

Thank you for help

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02 Feb 2010   #2

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
Are the printers on a Network / attached to other computers or are they LOCAL printers.

This matters because the solutions are different.

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02 Feb 2010   #3


They are LOCAL printers, and connected via usb.
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02 Feb 2010   #4

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server

Hi there
you can easily allow people to add hardware (selectively) without having to have admin rights.

The admin rights is probably related to some companies trying to prevent people from connecting USB drives / sticks etc to company computers.

Have a look at this

You might need to look at Group policy setting etc.

Control ALL USB Devices Using Group Policy

I'm sure the problem is related to this.

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03 Feb 2010   #5


Hey there,

thank you for your help. but now we decided to give one user admin rights. The link, was not really related to my problem.

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03 Feb 2010   #6

XP Vista 7

try this> start>gpedit.msc
expand computer configuration>windows settings>security settings>local policies>user rights assignment. Open load and unload device drivers. click Add User or group, then add the user or power users group.

i haven't try, but this sound like it might work. very interested to know.
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04 Feb 2010   #7


i tried this solution already, but it doesn´t worked out for the computer. The problem are just the setup.exe for the drivers, which i can´install without the admin rights
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