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Admin password needed for Power User

By Kim.Broomhall ·
I have a lab of 60 machines all ghosted with the same image. All bought at the same time. I have a student profile that is a power user on all but about 8 machines we can plug in the same exact usb drive and it allows us to use it. On about 8 I get the box requiring an admin login with password. I don't want to make student an administrator. Is there a workaround?

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by coppermine In reply to Admin password needed for ...

Logon with administrative rights.
Double-click on Administrative Tools in Control Panel.
Double-click the Local Security Policy object.
Double-click the User Rights Assignment.
Select Load and unload device drivers from the list. By default, only the Administrators group has this right.
Double-click the entry.
Click the Add button.
Select one or more users (or an appropriate group, such as Power Users) and add those accounts to the list to grant this right.
Reboot to make effective.

Taken from http://is-it-true.org/nt/nt2000/atips/atips41.shtml

This is not a full-proof method as the user have rights to install or uninstall other drivers.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Admin password needed for ...

exactly which model usb drive, i wonder.
what would be changed on 8 machines? something a kid did, must be.
what os?
automatic updates?
virus protection?
user accounts are identical on all machines?
is there a share on the drive and you've had a look at the permissions on it and they are-- what?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

just tossing out more thoughts:
when you get prompted for admin name and password, exactly what is the message? and if you type in an admin account (does one exist locally?), does it then allow access to the drive?
and anything in the event logs on a system that does not work?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

i searched mskb at support.microsoft.com under windows xp and 'usb drive permissions'
not much there. but did you see this:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;823732
How to disable the use of USB storage devices
find the kid that did it and see is she will come to work for you during study hall.

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control panel->administrative tools->local securiy policy->Local Policies->Security Options->Devices: Allowed to format and eject removable media. set that one to Administrators and Power Users

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