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trusted user admin vs power user

By edward_ghiorsojr ·
I am trying to prove or disprove the folowing:
identify what a power user and a network operator can and cannot do in relation to changing ip address from static to dhcp or from dhcp to static

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Power User Vs Admin

by hsmithdp In reply to trusted user admin vs pow ...

Here it is straight from Microsoft
Power Users

The Power Users group primarily provides backward compatibility for running non-certified applications. The default permissions that are allotted to this group allow this group's members to modify computerwide settings. If non-certified applications must be supported, then end users will need to be part of the Power Users group.

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. The default Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional security settings for Power Users are very similar to the default security settings for Users in Windows NT 4.0. Any program that a user can run in Windows NT 4.0, a Power User can run in Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional.

Power Users can:

? Run legacy applications, in addition to Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional certified applications.

? 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.

Power Users do not have permission to add themselves to the Administrators group. Power Users do not have access to the data of other users on an NTFS volume, unless those users grant them permission.

Ideally, administrative access should only be used to:

? Install the operating system and components (such as hardware drivers, system services, and so on).

? Install Service Packs and Windows Packs.

? Upgrade the operating system.

? Repair the operating system.

? Configure critical operating system parameters (such as password policy, access control, audit policy, kernel mode driver configuration, and so on).

? Take ownership of files that have become inaccessible.

? Manage the security and auditing logs.

? Back up and restore the system.

In practice, Administrator accounts often must be used to install and run programs written for versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000.

For additional information about the default rights and permissions that are granted to members of the Power Users group, visit the following Microsoft Web sites.

Privileges (

Logon rights (
For additional information about the Microsoft Certified for Windows program, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (

I hope this helps

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Power Users can't change IP settings.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to trusted user admin vs pow ...

They can't change a fixed IP address, and they can't toggle between a fixed address and DHCP. Administrators can.

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As a user, I've seen applications for that purpose

by TobiF In reply to Power Users can't change ...

In several places where I've worked, there were special applications that would allow a limited user to adjust the network settings.

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