Under XP there was limited security on print driver installation by restricted users. Under Vista there were serious limitations put on Restricted Users which you could resolve easily via Group Policy. Under Windows 7, the same restriction applied but the security was moved from USER SETTINGS to COMPUTER SETTINGS. This is a pain in the butt to figure out.
To have Group Policy manage printers on Windows 7 clients, you need to have the Windows 7 / 2008 R2 policy templates. If you are not running a domain which is at the 2008 R2 or above level, you will need to source those files from the last section in this post.
Open your Group Policy Management Tool (GPMT) and either edit an existing policy or start a new one. The policy you want to change is:COMPUTER CONFIGURATION > Policies > Adminstrative Templates > Printers > POINT AND PRINT RESTRICTSIONS = DISABLED
You can see in the screen shot that I also added the ability to load device drivers but that was not required for this Point and Print to function:COMPUTER CONFIGURATION > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > User Rights Assignment > LOAD AND UNLOAD DEVICE DRIVERS = AUTHENTICATED USERS
GROUP POLICY FILES
Check out my short post HERE on how to ”install” these files if you are unsure.