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Anonymous
August 23, 2005 11:51:09 PM

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Hi,

I manage my XP system with an Administrator acct. My young daughter want to
run Sims 2 from her limited account. If I install Sims 2 from my acct, she
can't run it from her acct. If I change her acct to administrator to install
Sims 2 and then change her back to limited, she still can't run it. It seems
the only way she can run it is by being an administrator. How can I maintain
her as "limited" but run her game? This has taken a whole evening so far of
experimentation. Life is too short!
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Anonymous
August 24, 2005 10:55:37 AM

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Hi Kpp,

Update: I created this workaround solution in 2003, however since then there
has been a utility created to allow for Administrators to allow users to run games:
Please visit: http://www.palmersoft.co.uk/main.asp?content=runasuser

Original Workaround:
Some games will work with limited accounts after they have been installed and
run once either using an administrator account, or by temporarily changing the
limited user account(s) to an admin account in Control Panel / User Accounts,
just for the purpose of running the game the first time in order to be able to
install the necessary files and create the keys in the registry that it needs to
function, but may not be able to due to the restrictive nature of limited accounts.

If that mouthful doesn't resolve the issue, use the "Run As.." command instead:

1. Click Start / Control Panel / User Accounts / Create a New Account /
Name the Account: "able2play" (without quotes) / Next Pick: "Computer-
Administrator" & Click "Create Account";

2. Click on your new able2play account and Create a Password for it;

3. When your limited user wants to play a game that requires Administrator
privileges they can Right-Click the shortcut to that game / Click Run As... /
"The Following User": able2play and enter the password. Simple as that!

I know what you're thinking: That defeats the purpose of the limited user account.
To secure the "able2play" account so that it can't be used to logon to the computer:

First you can hide the account so that it won't show up on the Welcome Screen:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_desc/xp_hide_users.h... (thanks Doug!)

Next add a shortcut to the windows logoff routine into the RUN key of the
able2play registry. I made a reg patch to simplify this process if you wish to use it:

4. Logon to the "able2play" account,

5. <ONLY RUN THIS PATCH USING THE "ABLE2PLAY" ACCOUNT>
Save this patch to your drive and then doubleclick it to install it to your registry.
http://www3.sympatico.ca/nibblesnbits/OnlyRunUsingAble2...

or

*Instead of using the reg patch, click Start / Run / regedt32 / browse to:
[HKCU\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] and
Click Edit / New / String value / ValueName: logoff / Value data: logoff

From now on, if anyone logs on with the "able2play" account, the computer will log
them off immediately. They will not gain access to an administrators desktop! :-)

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"kpp" <kpp@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:1C78BE98-0DFA-4DF0-8E20-BCEE434DDCEA@microsoft.com...
| Hi,
|
| I manage my XP system with an Administrator acct. My young daughter want to
| run Sims 2 from her limited account. If I install Sims 2 from my acct, she
| can't run it from her acct. If I change her acct to administrator to install
| Sims 2 and then change her back to limited, she still can't run it. It seems
| the only way she can run it is by being an administrator. How can I maintain
| her as "limited" but run her game? This has taken a whole evening so far of
| experimentation. Life is too short!
| --
| My Signature (200 characters max)
!