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For my system, there are two accounts. I applied a few changes to a secondary account via the group policy object snap-in of Window's management console. Despite applying these changes to the secondary account, these changes were somehow skipped without myself noticing this and I'm now unable to apply them again -- and some of them have been applied to me, strangely.

Secondly, I'm wondering if there's a resource where I can learn more about Windows administration because frankly, from the way I see these tools at present -- they suck, and have the most awful of interfaces. Obviously it's my lack of understanding, so perhaps some resource can offer clarity whereby I can address these "loopholes".


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Sounds like you used the local group policy editor. Group policies are system wide settings and not typically per user. And it can be a bit complext to get the policy scope correct when you're starting out. You can run RSOP.msc at the command prompt to get a sense of the settings being applied currently.

The book Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and Troubleshooting by Jeremy Moskowitz is a very good beginner Group Policy book. Jeremy also is a Microsoft MVP who runs a Group Policy focused website and does trainings.

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Thanks, but how can I reset group policy settings? I can't even enable the administrator account. – user784446 Mar 10 '12 at 21:46
If RSOP shows a configured policy item you'll need to reopen the group policy management console and set the policy item back to its default (usually 'Not Configured') – edusysadmin Mar 12 '12 at 2:33

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