Device driver installation and elevation

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 23 Aug. 2012 / Last Updated on 23 Aug. 2012]

A tip concerning UAC elevation prompts appearing when a user tries to install a device driver.

Device drivers for Windows 7 can be designed so that standard users can install them without being prompted to supply administrator credentials for the computer.  Unfortunately, not all device drivers behave this way. Specifically, if the device driver launches a co-installer (for example, a Setup program) that the user is required to interact with during installation, then elevation will be required. 

If users in your environment are standard users and they are encountering such a situation when they try and install a device on their computers, you should contact the device vendor and ask them if they have a driver package that doesn't prompt for elevation.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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