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Windows 7: Standard Account Windows 7 Is Allowing Installations: Why?

08 Jun 2014   #1
Red2010

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Standard Account Windows 7 Is Allowing Installations: Why?

Hi Everyone,

My father has a small office and recently I changed his 1998 Packard Bell desktop running Windows 1998 to a Windows 7 HP desktop.

Since changing it he realized that his secretary has installed a lot of junk and has been doing a lot of things she ought not to be doing on the desktop. She was unable to do such things on the extremely slow Packard Bell.

I went to his office today and created a Standard Account for her to use. However, to my surprize when I tested to see if I could install a program which was on my flash drive while logged in as the Standard user I was unable to install it without any prompt for the administrator password.

I googled and tried most things including logging back as an Admin and setting the UAC settings as high as possible etc. and still no dice.

How can I set up this standard account so that if the secretary tries to install anything it will ask for the administrator password?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.


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08 Jun 2014   #2
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Red2010 View Post
Hi Everyone,

My father has a small office and recently I changed his 1998 Packard Bell desktop running Windows 1998 to a Windows 7 HP desktop.

Since changing it he realized that his secretary has installed a lot of junk and has been doing a lot of things she ought not to be doing on the desktop. She was unable to do such things on the extremely slow Packard Bell.

I went to his office today and created a Standard Account for her to use. However, to my surprize when I tested to see if I could install a program which was on my flash drive while logged in as the Standard user I was unable to install it without any prompt for the administrator password.

I googled and tried most things including logging back as an Admin and setting the UAC settings as high as possible etc. and still no dice.

How can I set up this standard account so that if the secretary tries to install anything it will ask for the administrator password?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
I have never used "Program Blocker", but it appears to provide a solution to your problem;

Windows Program Blocker software free download

HTH
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08 Jun 2014   #3
Red2010

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hey Sir George I tried to block some programs using the parental blocker feature. However, all I really want is for the computer to prompt for the admin password once she tries to install anything on the standard account. I know it can be done because that is what happens on my work computer.
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08 Jun 2014   #4
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Red2010 View Post
Hey Sir George I tried to block some programs using the parental blocker feature. However, all I really want is for the computer to prompt for the admin password once she tries to install anything on the standard account. I know it can be done because that is what happens on my work computer.
Are you using the same version of Windows 7 on both computers?
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08 Jun 2014   #5
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Take a look at the Local Security Policy setting I highlighted in the screen print.
Mine is set to Enabled by default ...
You can get to Local Security Policy by typing Local in the Start button search box.

Standard Account Windows 7 Is Allowing Installations: Why?-lspsp01.png


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08 Jun 2014   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Suggested reading

It depends on the software. Read the following:

Yes, Standard Users can Install Software

Also check this out:

Start> Run then type netplwiz then press enter.

Click the account name then properties then group membership.

Also look at UAC:

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

Check settings are the same as those in step 6.

Depending on the version of Windows 7 have a read of this too:

How to make a disallowed-by-default Software Restriction Policy
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08 Jun 2014   #7
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Take a look at the Local Security Policy setting I highlighted in the screen print.
Mine is set to Enabled by default ...
You can get to Local Security Policy by typing Local in the Start button search box.

Attachment 320998
In Windows 7, the Local Security Policy will only be available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterpise editions.
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08 Jun 2014   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Password Prompt on install

Also check out post 5 here:

Understanding The Windows 7 UAC
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08 Jun 2014   #9
Red2010

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for all the replies everyone. I will update the thread when I go back to his office.
The computer in his office is running Windows 7 Home Premium.
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