Load and unload device drivers

This user right determines which users can dynamically load and unload device drivers or other code in to kernel mode. This user right does not apply to Plug and Play device drivers. It is recommended that you do not assign this privilege to other users.


Assigning this user right can be a security risk. Do not assign this user right to any user, group, or process that you do not want to take over the system.

Policy path: 

Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment


Logoff required


Default on workstations and servers: Administrators. Default on domain controllers: Administrators Print Operators

Supported on: 

At least Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003

Registry settings: 

User Rights security settings are not registry keys

Reboot required: 


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