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Making New User an Administrator

By scoutlady ·
We have XP machines, mainly laptops, on a Windows 2000 Small Business domain. Sometimes a new employee needs to be a user on a computer that used to belong to someone else. I can add the user and make them an administrator on that computer, but then XP will not let them do administrator-type tasks, like adding a home printer or installing software, and gives a message that they don't have those privileges. I have gotten around the problem by renaming the original user. How can I add a user with admin rights?

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by curlergirl In reply to Making New User an Admini ...

All you have to do is put the user's domain account in the local Administrators group. You do not even have to create a special local user account to do this. It sounds to me like you are not familiar enough with XP security. You need to describe what you are doing when you create the new user, because if you have to rename the original user to make someone else an administrator, there is something wrong with your procedure.

Hope this helps!

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by Dumphrey In reply to Making New User an Admini ...

Its possible you are makeing them admins on the LOCAL computer and not the DOMAINE. That could cause some network install problems. But not with locally attached printers. Now, conversly, If the user is on a lap top, and needs to install a printer at home, ans is not logged on to the domaine, they would NEED local machine admin rights.

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by ross.laing In reply to Making New User an Admini ...

Add the "Domain users" group to local admins and then everyone past and future will have local admin rights. This can be done on the machine on a manual basis or by Group policy using restricted groups is better. See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 320065 for more info.

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