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In our group policy, there is a Staff Lockdown policy which uses the Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Explorer key to restrict users' access to C: drives.

I would like to be able to allow a specific user to access the C drive of a specific machine (or the C: drive of all machines if that is easier).

What is the easiest / most appropriate way to acheive this?

The purpose of the question is to allow the user to install Dropbox locally on their machine since the Dropbox installer complains when a network drive is chosen as a destination.


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I presume that there is no 'install for everyone' option in the Dropbox installer? – Kevin M Sep 7 '11 at 16:59
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I would find the dropbox EXE and add permissions to it to be able to read the full C drive. Leave all other permissions exactly as they are, but add one permission.

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How would i do this? Grant the user the Full Control permission on that file? – joec Sep 7 '11 at 18:43
They should only need Read and Execute permissions on the exe file. – joeqwerty Sep 8 '11 at 0:54
I'm afraid that didn't help. – joec Sep 9 '11 at 18:02

I don't see why you would want to break a (relatively sane) policy of not letting users muck about on their C: drive -- plus as a general rule Users should not install software - Administrators install software for them.

You should be installing DropBox for your users (you can use one of several remote deployment tools available for Windows to do this - If you're managing several systems you probably have one of these in place already) and letting them configure their DropBox account.
The DropBox installer supports a silent (/S) option to help you out.

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I understand the policy is sane. I should clarify- I am installing the software. As an administrator, I can install to the c: drive fine, but when my user logs on, since their access is restricted, Dropbox breaks. Dropbox is only going to be installed on this one machine – joec Sep 7 '11 at 16:19

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