Trusted Installer



I looked at Users & Groups and do not find a user or group named
TrustedInstaller. However, that user is listed as owner of the C:\ drive.
Do I need to add a user or something?





Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

Hello Mike,

This is part of the new ACLS to help improve security in Windows Vista

From this link below: I am posting a couple of paragraphs that talk about
Trusted Installer:

Trusted Installer The Trusted Installer is actually a service, not a user,
even though you see permissions granted to it all over the file system.
Service hardening allows each service to be treated as a full-fledged
security principal that can be assigned permissions just like any other
user. For an overview of this feature, see the January 2007 issue of
TechNet Magazine. The book Windows Vista Security (Grimes and Johansson,
Wiley Press, 2007) explores service hardening in detail, including how it
is leveraged by other features, such as the firewall and IPsec.

Trusted Installer In Windows Vista, most of the OS files are owned by the
TrustedInstaller SID, and only that SID has full control over them. This is
part of the system integrity work that went into Windows Vista, and is
meant specifically to prevent a process that is running as an administrator
or Local System from automatically replacing the files. In order to delete
an operating system file, you thus need to take ownership of the file and
then add an ACE on it that lets you delete it. This provides a thin layer
of protection against a process that is running as LocalSystem and has a
System integrity label; a process that has lower integrity is not supposed
to be able to elevate itself to change ownership. Some services, for
instance, can run with medium integrity, even though they are running as
Local System. Such services cannot replace system files so an exploit that
takes over one of them can’t replace operating system files, making it a
bit harder to install a rootkit or other malware on the system. It also
becomes more difficult for system administrators who are offended by the
mere presence of some system binary to remove that binary.

Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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|> I looked at Users & Groups and do not find a user or group named
|> TrustedInstaller. However, that user is listed as owner of the C:\ drive.
|> Do I need to add a user or something?
|> Thanks.
|> Mike


Thank you for your post. The comments and the link are very useful.

Happy holidays.





Hello Darrell,

I know this post is very old. But still, want to ask you this. If I wanted to add a registry that has TrustedInstaller as ownership, I wanted to change the ownership to Administrator first, only then I can add it. But do I have a provision of doing this job in command prompt.?? Or do I have any executables to achieve this. I wanted to do the job only in command prompt.


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