Managing devices on XP desktops

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 5 Jan. 2006 / Last Updated on 5 Jan. 2006]

Managing devices on XP desktops requires admin-level credentials, but what if your users don't have such credentials and yet you want to let them manage their own devices?

Managing devices on XP desktops requires admin-level credentials, but what if your users don't have such credentials and yet you want to let them manage their own devices? Here's what you can do for them:

  • Start --> Run --> %windir%\system32 --> OK
  • Right-click on devmgmt and select Send To --> Desktop (Create Shortcut)
  • Right-click on the new shortcut and select Properties.
  • On the Shortcut tab click Advanced.
  • Select the checkbox "Run with different credentials" and click OK.

Now when the user needs to manage devices on their machine, they can double-click the shortcut, enter the local Administrator password, and open the Device Manager console. Of course, the downside of this approach is that if the user knows the password for the Administrator account then they can log on using that password, so this approach requires a certain degree of trust i.e. the user must be told never to log on as Administrator and understand the consequences of doing so. But its a fact of life that there is a tradeoff between security and usability as far as computers go.

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 .

Latest Contributions

Featured Links