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User rights on Win2K

By bob ·
Have two additional users to the administrator on Win2K machine.
Users, as PowerUsers, have loss of application cababilities. The Picture It app replies with an applet demanding administrator rights. The CDRW software doesn't see the CDRW drive.
I installed the ISP on both users and it works fine, as well as all the MS office products. They required the disk upon initial opening, but work fine.
Change them back to administrator, and everything works properly.
I need to set this machine up so that one user can not access any of the other user's files.
Am I going about it in the wrong way, or is Windows not acting as it should?
Is it not possible to run similar applications?

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by bob In reply to User rights on Win2K

I even tried to load a different company's CDRW software while logged on as one of the users, but it failed to see the CDRW drive, as well.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to User rights on Win2K

if your win2k machines log into a domain, make sure that you have local accounts with administrator rights on the machines, using identical usernames and passwords as on the domain user list.
let us know if that doesn't clear it up. another thing you can try is to temporarily grant the user domain admin rights, reinstall the program, open it, close it. log off, remove user from domain admins group, log back on. check app.
what happens with older, or non-NT security aware apps the registry entries don't get sufficent permissions or the folders themselves sometimes.
to keep users on the same machine from accessing each others files, use the ntfs file system on the data drive (otherwise you can only have security across the network, not within the computer) and keep stuff out of the 'all users' folder as that folder is an example of one for which all local users to have access permission

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by bob In reply to

Valuable information, however, this machine is of no domain. As a matter of fact, it isn't even on a network. Users wanted to keep Win2K because they are familiar with it from their work environments, but no network present. This machine is set to dial up. I installed the dial up ISP, individually, for each user, including the Admin. They each work, even though each is a different ISP.
I reinstated the admin rights to each app and then signed in a one of the users, then reloading the problem applications. I tried them to see if they would work, and they did. The CDRW software sees the drive with no problem and Picture It come up with no messages. I then went back as administrator and removed the admin rights from that user. I made that user a PowerUser. When I signed in to that user again, Picture It insists on admin rights to open, and the CDRW software doesn't see the drive any more.
This is especially perplexing since all the other applications, including MS office apps, work just fine.
A registery cleaning app will not initiate, but this was somewhat expected.
Any more ideas?

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by bob In reply to User rights on Win2K

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by eblank In reply to User rights on Win2K

It is possible to assign specific user rights to software installations using the regedt32 application.

First, remember to create a backup of the registry, since any changes that are made here could cause more problems than they solve.

From the Administrator login (what ever you have named it), run regedt32.exe from the run command, and then go to the hkey_local_machine/software and look for microsoft/pi (this may be spelled out as picture it)check the security settings for this folder using the permissions window. Add in the "power users" group and give them full control. this should clear up any problems with not having admin rights to the program.

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by bob In reply to

Thanks for everyone's input. Even though all these ideas didn't get the hoped for results, I learned a lot while following up on each submitted answer.
I finally ended up giving all users administrator rights and purchasing a third party app that would allow the privacy interested user to password protect the information.

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by Myths In reply to User rights on Win2K

You might consider setting up the program in each profile to "run as" the admin account. The permission would only apply to the specific programs, not to any other permissions.

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