I'm sure a lot of us have experienced the classic struggle between having restricted rights on your computer (on a large network) and trying to have software run correctly. Is it possible to restrict access to users, yet have everything functioning properly? I know, for the most part, all of the major software applications will function fine in a restricted rights environment, like Microsoft Office, etc. However, all those little programs that we powerusers like to use will not necessarily work fine, and it becomes a big headache for the IT to try to fix all of your little problems with, say, programs like FARR or Direct Folders, or other little gadgets.
Of course, with full Admin Rights, there would be no problem. With the restrictions, however, there are usually restrictions to writing and/or modifying files in certain locations like the "Program Files" directory. And, I know, settings should be in the Documents and Settings location, but sometimes they are not. My question is, what is the best way to have all these little programs working fine, not giving IT a headache, and still have restrictions on your computer? What about updates? I have to call for support every time a program releases a minor update? The response will be the update is no big deal, so don't install it. But that's stupid, I like to keep my programs updated.
I bring this up because this problem keeps coming up at work. We beg to have certain productivity tools installed in our computer. But IT doesn't want to approve it because they don't know if it's a "good" program or not...but the real reason is that they just don't want to deal with it. We finally get our way and get the program. Then, some things change, let's say the network is updated and that little productivity tool got broken for whatever reason and needs a reinstallation. Now, the IT will say that "see, we told you it's not a good program." But that's not really the problem. If there was full access to the computer, there would be no problem.
I feel this whole admin rights thing gets out of hand. I mostly feel that IT prefer to not give rights to users because they are lazy. You see, if they give users full power and flexibility to deal with their computers, they will make mistakes and there will be more errors to fix. So, instead, they just don't allow anything.