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How to prevent automatic installation of hardware in Windows 2000
Article ID: 241367 - View products that this article applies to.
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This article describes how to require users to have administrator privileges in Windows 2000 to add new hardware.
To increase security in Windows 2000, you may want to limit the number of users who can install hardware.
For devices to automatically install in the System context, the following criteria must be met:
Although you cannot circumvent this process by using a setting or a registry entry, you can cause one or more of the criteria in the list to be invalid to force the device installation into the User context. The easiest way to do this is to delete the Driver.cab file located in the %WINNTROOT%\Driver Cache\I386 folder. When you delete this cabinet file, you force the device installation out of the system context and into the user context. If the user is not a member of the local administrators group, they no longer have permissions to install hardware.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/219435/ )Non administrator permissions to load and unload device drivers