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It is a win7 ultimate x64 machine. The machine was in a domain where it got those group policy settings. Now it has left the domain but it still receives the settings from the group policy. For example, the power options. I set a certain power option but soon it will be reset to another power option which is endorsed by the domain.

Is there a way to remove the settings?

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superuser.com/questions/70905/… –  techie007 Nov 7 '13 at 20:18
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Open Regedit.

Backup your registry.

Delete the HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft Key (looks like a folder).

Delete the HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft Key.

Delete the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects Key.

Delete the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policiess Key.

Exit the registry and restart.

Note: HKLM = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE & HKCU = HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Note 2: The registry is and can be a dangerous place.

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The system was PHYSICALLY removed from the domain? Has it been removed via the OS yet? Basically, does the system know it's not on the domain? If you are still logging into an account that was used while it was on the domain, chances are it hasnt been removed from the domain. Group policy will apply if it is a domain account, regardless of physical connection to the network that the domain resides on. Try logging in as the local administrator and see if that alleviates the problem. If it does, you need to disjoin the machine from the domain through the computer name tab in the advanced system settings and stop using the domain level account to log in.

If it is physically off the domain, and you ARE using a local account to log on, and it still carries the group policy settings, not only would i be very surprised, but something is wrong.

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Thanks for replying. To answer your question - yes it's physically removed from the domain and now joins a workgroup. I am using a local admin account to log in. And yes, domain settings still apply. –  Kay Jan 18 '12 at 22:46
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I dont like Paperlanter's answer, I know what he is getting at, but hes not saying it correctly

Was the machine dis-joined from the domain from the domain? Either via Active Directory or from the machine's System Properties/Computer Name dialog?

If not, the group policy will still apply. This is true whether you are using the local admin account or not.

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