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  • Install Rights

    At the risk of sounding rather stupid, is there a group which just grants installer rights to a windows XP / Win 7 machine without making someone an Admin?

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    Re: Install Rights

    That's a very good question actually but not straight forward to answer imo.

    Because it depends on quite a few factors the most important of which is How is the program coded:
    Most programs are coded to write to various system folders and maybe even registry keys that Non-admin users would not have the write permissions.
    Afaik there is no such thing as "Install rights", it is just a combination of permissions on those locations that enable a user to be able to install software.

    Some programs are coded so you don't even need any specific permissions (Think of Portable apps).

    One way of finding out how a specific program is coded to run would be to use ProcMon from Sysinternals and check out for Access denied for directories and registry keys.

    From a security perspective though, imagine the damage a malware would cause if it can have access to key OS locations..
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