How can I change the permissions of the primary user so that it can install software?

Vanmassenhove Ben (VNZ) 20 Reputation points

We have an AAD joined device that was enrolled by a user who left the organization. The device was transfered to a newly hired colleague. Login in to the device with the new user's username and password was easy. No problems there. We were also able to change the device's primary user to the new colleague. The user however can't install software. A popup screen appears saying he or she doesn't have permission. What's the issue here? I read here and there that only the user who enrolled the device is local admin, but it must be possible to change that somewhere, no?

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  1. Pavel yannara Mirochnitchenko 11,616 Reputation points

    You have Local Admin role in AzureAD, you can assign some users there and they will benefit with local admin rights. It is recommend to have dedicated workstation admins for that job, and not allowing everyone or simple users to having that role.

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  1. Lu Dai-MSFT 28,341 Reputation points

    @Vanmassenhove Ben (VNZ) Thanks for posting in our Q&A.

    Based on my understanding, not all softwares needs to have admin permission to be installed. This popup screen "doesn't have permission" appears when this software needs to have admin permission.

    Given this situation, it is suggested to try to add this new Azure AD user to the local admin group. And then check if this user can install the software successfully.

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