Only Admin can run pgms

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One of the more annoying "features" of XPro is that if one follows the
'rules' and installs pgms as Admin, then one can not run them as Lowy User.
How to allow Users to run these??

Laurie
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help (More info?)

    Laurie wrote:
    > One of the more annoying "features" of XPro is that if one follows the
    > 'rules' and installs pgms as Admin, then one can not run them as Lowy User.
    > How to allow Users to run these??
    >
    > Laurie
    >
    >


    This problem isn't really caused by WinXP; it's caused by lazy
    programmers who don't properly write their programs for a securable,
    multi-user operating system.

    This is quite common if the software was designed for Win9x/Me, or
    if it was intended for WinNT/2K/XP, but was improperly designed/coded.
    Quite simply, the installation routine for this application doesn't
    "know" how to handle individual user profiles, or the application tries
    to make changes to "off-limits" sections of the registry. Quite often,
    you can make this software available to other users by _copying_ the
    Start Menu folder and Desktop folder shortcuts from the user profile
    from which the software was installed in the corresponding folders in
    the user profile(s) in which you'd like the software to be accessible.
    If the application is something that can/should be made available to all
    current and future users, copying the shortcuts into the corresponding
    locations of the All Users profile will do the trick.

    NOTE: This may not work if the software requires access to parts
    of the hard drive and/or registry that are not normally accessible to
    regular users. (This won't occur if the application was properly
    written.) If this does prove to be the case, however, you're left with
    two options: Either grant the necessary users appropriate higher access
    privileges (either as Power Users or local administrators), or replace
    the application with one that was properly designed specifically for
    WinNT/2K/XP.

    Some Programs Do Not Work If You Log On from Limited Account
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q307091

    For some obscure reason, game and children's software developers in
    particular seem to not understand WinXP's file security paradigm, and
    require even limited users to have unnecessarily high privileges to
    protected systems folders. For example, saved games are often stored in
    a sub-folder under the game's folder within C:\Program Files - a place
    where no inexperienced or limited user should have write permissions.

    Additionally, here are a couple of tips suggested, in a reply to a
    different post, by MS-MVP Kent W. England:

    "If your game or application works with admin accounts, but not with
    limited accounts, you can fix it to allow limited users to access the
    program files folder with "change" capability rather than "read" which
    is the default.

    C:\>cacls "Program Files\appfolder" /e /t /p users:c

    where "appfolder" is the folder where the application is installed.

    If you wish to undo these changes, then run

    C:\>cacls "Program Files\appfolder" /e /t /p users:r

    If you still have a problem with running the program or saving
    settings on limited accounts, you may need to change permissions on
    the registry keys. Run regedit.exe and go to HKLM\Software\vendor\app,
    where "vendor\app" is the key that the software vendor used for your
    specific program. Change the permissions on this key to allow Users
    full control."


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  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help (More info?)

    Blame on program itself or its developers rather than XP in this case. Odds
    are the program isn't compatible with XP.
    Find the program main .exe file (follow shortcut properties),
    right-click/Properties or Alt+CR, tab Compatibility and select Compatibility
    mode.

    If it won't help:
    Export program keys from Admin HKCU\SOFTWARE hive and import it while login
    as regular user and or tune up Permissions on this key for regular user. If
    the program doesn't delete its keys from the registry you can temporarily
    grant Admin rights to restricted users and run the program once.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help (More info?)

    Most of the times during the installation you will be prompted whether to
    create the shortcuts for the program in other user accounts, answer YES if
    you come cross that option.

    --
    HTH
    Meena
    "Laurie" <no@spam.com> wrote in message
    news:41fa8184$3_5@alt.athenanews.com...
    > One of the more annoying "features" of XPro is that if one follows the
    > 'rules' and installs pgms as Admin, then one can not run them as Lowy
    User.
    > How to allow Users to run these??
    >
    > Laurie
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help (More info?)

    XP Home security model is very close to W9x when every user has Admin rights
    by default. W9x-compatible software can be quickly adopted and tested in XPH
    environment and that's what programmers do. If their company doesn't want
    investing into further development they just mention somewhere in a manual
    or on CD-ROM cover with finest font "You need full Administrative rights to
    use this software". When this software meets XP Pro the problems arise.
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