How to give standard user’s rights to install printers in windows 7

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Microsoft Windows 7
Windows 7 Administration
I have windows 7 laptops that are in a workgroup. I want to be able to configure these laptops so standard user can install home printer drivers.  i disabled  the local computer policy (“Devices: Prevent users from installing printer drivers”,  ) but standard users are still being asked to enter the administrator password to install the printer.  I tried to do the below steps on the local computer policy but it did not work:

Computer ConfigurationPoliciesAdministrative TemplatesSystemDriver Installation The setting is called "Allow non-administrators to install drivers for these devices setup classes". You will need to add the device class GUID of printers. The GUIDs can be found here:


I've updated this with some more information as this was getting a bit old and people probably tried the same with network printers (which does not work the same way).

A few more steps are required for domain infrastructures where you add non-local printers:

  1. Configure local computer Policy settings for "Point and Print" on BOTH computer and user settings (Vista previously only had user settings). The Location of the settings can be found here in Computer ConfigurationPoliciesAdministrative TemplatesPrintersPoint and Print Restrictions User ConfigurationPoliciesAdministrative TemplatesControl PanelPrintersPoint and Print Restrictions
  2. Point and Print settings will vary on what kind of restrictions you want, but if you want users to be able to install ANY printer, with ANY driver, from ANY server, set the Point and Print settings to "Disabled".
 As anyone else come across this issue with windows 7 workgroup machines?  How have you resolved it?


Thanks in advance.



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It is hard to tell what is failing without more information so I will give you a self-help tip instead.

Check the security logs on the target machines. Have users try to load printers and mark the time. Examine the security logs to see what failed. Examine the system log to determine if any other clues point you in a productive direction.

MARK THE TIME so you know which entry coincides with your target event.

You disabled settings in the local computer policy for printing but what else did you modify? Did you document the alterations you made from the baseline?

Have you tried adding users to the print operators group (or Windows 7 equivalent)? Unfortunately, here at home I am running XP (non-Enterprise) and can’t try it out.

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