How To Disable UAC Elevation Prompt for Point and Print Printer Driver Installs By Restricted Users on Windows 7

By Ian Matthews  – September 13, 2010


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.


Windows 7 Allow Printer  Install  Group Policy
Windows 7 Allow Printer Install Group Policy

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.

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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:


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


You can source those from Microsoft HERE but that includes ALL of the new Win 7 templates (which isn’t a bad thing) or you can just click HERE and download just the files you need.

Check out my short post HERE on how to “install” these files if you are unsure.


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    MartiniGuy February 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Finally the correct answer! Thanks!

  2. Ian Matthews
    Ian Matthews January 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Hi James.

    Thanks for the notice. I just fixed the linkage on HERE. Sorry for the omission.

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    James January 13, 2011 at 7:05 am

    “Check out my short post HERE on how to “install” these files if you are unsure.”

    where is this post?! Everything else I am fine with, just not that!

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