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Can I alter other users power settings through regedit?

  1. #1


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    windows 8.1 pro

    Can I alter other users power settings through regedit?


    I'm have admin rights on a laptop, another user does not so they can't change power settings. Can I alter the power settings on their account through regedit...specifically I want to alter the behaviour of the laptop when closing the lid.

    Does anyone know a way of doing this?


    Jamie

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  2. #2


    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    I am 99.99 percent sure a power plan works for all users. You could create your own power plans to easily switch between ones you want to use.

    Users are, by default, supposed to be able to change their own power plan. Even if they aren't an administrator. So I'm not sure why that is a problem in your case. See this tutorial if you would like to 'allow all users to choose their own plan': Power Plan - Specify a Default for All Users - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Here is an even faster way of selecting a power plan: Power Plan - Choose from Desktop Context Menu in Windows

    And how to create a custom power plan: Custom Power Plan - Create or Delete - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    windows 8.1 pro


    It's locked down by group policy. So the user's accounts don't even see the power options screens.
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    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    In this case it should just be a case of changing the user or machine set-up on the server, this is of course an administrator task on the server, If you do not have these rights you should contact your system administrator and request the change and valid reasons for it - Group policy lockdowns are there for a reason
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    windows 8.1 pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    In this case it should just be a case of changing the user or machine set-up on the server, this is of course an administrator task on the server, If you do not have these rights you should contact your system administrator and request the change and valid reasons for it - Group policy lockdowns are there for a reason

    That's fine, I have admin rights on the network. I want to avoid messing about with group policy for a number of reasons, chiefly among is that the request I have from one user is very specific, Altering the setting on the GPMC console would apply it everywhere, or would require a specific OU to be created for this user, which is great, up until the point where I get 2000 users all calling/e-mailing me to ask to setup the same type of thing. I was just hoping I could export a registry key to alter this particular setting on his profile.The group policy removes the power options section in control panel but it doesn't actually change power settings as far as I can see. Changing it once should allow the changed settings to remain while still blocking power options.

    Group policy lockdowns should be there for a reason, but they should also be well designed and structured, they should allow users enough control to make their equipment feel like it's their's while offering enough security to keep the world and it's wife out...unfortunately just like a lot of GPs I've seen in IT...it very much isn't anything remotely like that. It's broken and sounds like someone had a magic 8-ball make the decisions of which features are open and which are not. Changes should go through 3 or 4 separate teams of change management, risk assessment , red tape dispensers and any other long delays. I'm an admin, but I know that users want stuff done. NOW. not in an update in 6 weeks after filling out 3 types of form etc. etc.

    Sorry to vent but your answer was about as far from helpful as it possibly could've been. And the little bit about GP lockdowns being there for a reason, too much.

    Thanks for trying though
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