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  • I need to give standard users the rights to install fonts.  To do this in XP all I had to do was change the security on the folder and on a registry key.

     

    Apparently the fonts folder is the source of all evil as it's completely and utterly locked down in Vista.

     

    How can I give standard users the right to install fonts?

     

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

     

     

    Tuesday, August 19, 2008 8:37 PM

Answers

  • Hello Nichols,

     

    According to my experience, there is no method to provide the privilege to the standard users to install or remove fonts themselves.

     

    If you have administrative credentials, you can install or remove fonts directly.

     

    If you have a standard user account and if the UAC feature is turned on, Windows Vista prompts you to run in elevated mode to install or remove fonts. Therefore, please enter the administrator's password if you are getting the User Account Control popup box.

     

    If you have a regular user account and if the UAC feature is turned off, Windows Vista does not let you install or remove fonts. Therefore, the font installation operation or the font removal operation fails silently.

     

    For more details, you might refer to the following KB article.

     

    When you try to install a font on a Windows Vista-based computer, the operation fails without any error message

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948623

     

    How to use User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922708/en-us

     

    Cheers!

     

     

    Thursday, August 21, 2008 1:03 PM

All replies

  • Hello Nichols,

     

    According to my experience, there is no method to provide the privilege to the standard users to install or remove fonts themselves.

     

    If you have administrative credentials, you can install or remove fonts directly.

     

    If you have a standard user account and if the UAC feature is turned on, Windows Vista prompts you to run in elevated mode to install or remove fonts. Therefore, please enter the administrator's password if you are getting the User Account Control popup box.

     

    If you have a regular user account and if the UAC feature is turned off, Windows Vista does not let you install or remove fonts. Therefore, the font installation operation or the font removal operation fails silently.

     

    For more details, you might refer to the following KB article.

     

    When you try to install a font on a Windows Vista-based computer, the operation fails without any error message

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948623

     

    How to use User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922708/en-us

     

    Cheers!

     

     

    Thursday, August 21, 2008 1:03 PM
  • I had this exact same issue and was never able to allow standard users to install fonts. I did get the fonts to deploy with Group Policy Software Installation. It takes me about 5 minutes to deploy any number of fonts. Now, we have our staff members save fonts in a central location for deployment.

    I documented the process here: http://deployhappiness.com/2013/03/installing-fonts-with-group-policy/

    If this helps you, just let me know.

     


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    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:31 PM