Windows 7 Power Users group vs Standard User


  • I have tried to find Windows 7 updated info MS KB Article or standard Microsoft Articles that provides a overview or details for the "Power Users" group that is included in Windows 7. Does Power Users group still have limited access?

    We want to stop all our companies users from being added to administrators group but allow them to install home printers on their laptop. We want to only use "Standard User" unless needed by a program (not coded right for Windows 7).

    about 1000 laptop users.

    I think it would be best to just have a internal IT step after the Windows 7 install they simple tell the tech what the exact model of the printer is and have the tech download and install the driver on their laptop.

    I am the main lead for our Windows 7 Get Ready program and we are going to use ACT 5.5 Toolkit to shim apps is needed.

    Nathan Bridges
    Monday, October 05, 2009 2:17 PM


  • Hi Nathan,

    Currently we do not have article that have a detail introduction for Power Users. The following KB article my help us to understand Power Users group.

    A member of the Power Users group may be able to gain administrator rights and permissions in Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, or Windows XP 

    I understand that your main concern is related to printer driver installation. I agree with you. It is better to allow standard users to install drivers and then all users can install printers if they need them. Most drivers are included in system. The steps:

    1. Click Start, click Control Panel and double click Devices and Printers.
    2. Click Add a Printer.
    3. Select "Add a local printer".
    4. Select "Create a new port". Choose "Local Port" as the type of the port.

    5. In the box "Enter a port name", type the address as the following format.

    \\[IP address of the host computer]\[The Share Name of the printer]

    Then click Next.

    6. Choose the correct driver in the driver list. If no available driver, click the button Windows Update, wait for the process finishes and then look for the driver again.
    7. Finish the installation.

    Although we could deploy printers from the server computers, currently I think manually installing is better. Because if the printer servers are Windows 2003 or Windows 2008, the printer drivers that were installed on them may be not compatible with Windows 7. The printer deployment would fail in this case.

    If your printer server is Windows 2008 R2 then I would like to recommend that you directly deploy the printers to Windows 7 clients. 

    Arthur Xie - MSFT
    • Marked as answer by nateb4 Friday, October 09, 2009 2:08 PM
    Tuesday, October 06, 2009 10:19 AM