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Delegating Power Options Management to Limited Users in XP

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Microsoft doesn’t have a lot of good literature on how to do this, so that’s why I am writing this Wiki. 

We have users who frequently take their laptops on business trips to do presentations.  Having the monitor blank out from inactivity during a long discussion is a frequent complaint.  Worse is when the computer goes into standby!

Normally these are great things as it saves the laptop’s battery life.  But sometimes you just want to turn these options off, or modify them to your liking.  Doing so usually requires administrator priveleges.  But it SHOULDN’T have to!

To grant the ability to change machine power management settings to limited users, edit permissions for the registry key below to replicate the permissions for “Power Users”. To save you a step, I have added a screenshot of the permissions.

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Controls Folder\PowerCfg

Right click on the “PowerCfg” folder anc click permissions.

Click the “Advanced” button to set special permissions.

Select “Users” under the Name column then click edit.

Match the permissions as shown in the screenshot.

Now your users can mess with the power options all they want without bugging you!

Limited User Power Settings