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Windows 7 requesting elevated privileges for adding network printer


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We have a test user at the office who has been given a Windows 7 installation. He recently came to me to ask how can he add our network printers to his computer. The network printers are shared by our file server that is a Windows Server 2003 R2 installation. I told him to browse his way to the file server and choose Connect from the right click menu, but Windows is requesting elevation for some reason. He's running as a Power User, and even normal user should be able to do this, right?

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That depends on the driver - there was a change in Vista that would allow non-admins to install printers, but only certain print drivers listed as trusted (either ones that shipped on the Windows CD or have a digital signature in their installation package). If the driver did not ship with Windows (and considering they need to install it, I'm guessing no on this one) and isn't a signed driver package (again, going by the elevation prompt I'm going to guess no on this too), then they'll get an elevation prompt.

Technet has an article about this that you should probably review going forward.

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