Group Policy is a feature of the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems that control the working environment of user accounts and computer accounts.

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Can't edit Local Security Policy in Windows 7

I'm trying to add users to the Access this computer from the network User Rights Assignment policy but the 'Add' button is disabled: I'm connecting to the machine via RDP using the local ...
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How do I prevent unpinning of items from the Windows 10 Start menu?

I would like to know how I can prevent users unpinning items (apps/programs) from Start Menu. Using Windows 10 Home edition (case is creating master disk and cloning it) I think this might be ...
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Apply group policy user configuration to all users

I'm using Windows 7 and I've made some changes through gpedit.msc to the User configuration > Administrative Template tree and now I need those changes applied to every user on the local machine. ...
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Suddenly started to get a Couldn't connect to the Group Policy Client service. Why?

I was able to upgrade my new Surface 3 to Windows 10. It's been working fine for a week or so. Then a couple of days ago no one but myself or my wife (the only two in our family who I've made ...
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Can I turn off or disable Store App from Windows 10?

I need to turn off or disable the Store App from Windows 10 as I used to in Windows 8.1 using GPO (gpedit.msc) in local computers but Win10 doesn't have that option anymore Computer Configuration => ...
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Windows 8.1 Group Policy Customer User Interface keeps signing out

I'm trying to make a kiosk Windows 8.1. I made a group policy for an account and set the desktop app I want to show up when that user logs in. However, after 10 seconds of that desktop app opening, ...
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Login Batch File Script Not Running VBS Files

I have a single login batch file for my users in group policy user login scripts. It is running when they login, but the vbs files I call from within the batch file do not appear to be. As a simple ...
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Backslash added before user name

On a computer running Windows 7 with A custom local GPO, when switching from the user to root, the user gets a backslash before it's name, and hence forth it is impossible to connect to it (the ...
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Remote Desktop shadowing returns 'Access is Denied'

I'm trying to shadow a console session. For now this works fine when using shadow ID on the commandline directly on the Windows 2008 R2 server. So I'm able to view the remote session of the console in ...
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Where did secpol.msc and gpedit.msc disappear in Windows 8.1?

secpol.msc and gpedit.msc were my favourite tools to deal with Local Security Policy and Group Policy respectively. But after I updated my system to Windows 8.1, I'm noticing both of these are ...
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Windows 10 Pro group policies regarding Windows Update not working

I changed the group policy of windows update by going in gpedit.msc and changing Administration Templates => Windows Components => Windows Update => Configure automatic update service (not sure about ...
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How to change permissions/policies of another admin-account.?

On my Windows7 PC i have now 2 admin-accounts. The problem is that one of them does not have any rights/permissions anymore to startup any program (after some virus attack which also changed the UAC). ...
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Apply GPO to Group and Computers

Trying to apply GPO to remove shutdown to a single user group [limited users] for any computer that a member of that group signs into AND a group of computers [laptops] for any user from any group ...
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Group Policy Editor restricting my administrator account?

Hi I have created a problem on my PC and now I feel really stupid. I tried to restrict access to certain programs on a recently created standard user account via "gpedit.msc". After completing the ...
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How to allow user to access only his personal directory when his group has access to the whole disk?

I want to disallow a user to access to disk D: except his personal D:\Documents folder. The user belongs to Users group. I don't want to restrict the whole Users group so I should somehow create a new ...
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GPO And Windows Firewall

New GPO settings are forcing Windows firewall off. I have a few custom rules set up which are now null and void due to Windows firewall being off. Is there a way that only my user account (not ...
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Logon and Logoff scripts not running

I have set SQL queries to run on logon and logoff using group policy editor. But sometimes scripts do not run. logon.bat @echo off echo INSERT INTO UPTIME(INTIME) VALUES(NOW()); > abc.sql mysql ...
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Force a specific theme for entire network using GPO

I am attempting to force a specific theme to all machines in my network. I know that the GPO "Load a Specific Theme" in: User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Personalization Is ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 does not automatically reboot after installing Windows Updates

Our Windows Updates are installed automatically during the maintenance window, which is configured manually on each of our 2012 R2 servers, so that we can specify different times for each server, or ...
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Windows embedded standard 7: Why won't keyboard filter appear in group policy? and can I add keyboard filter to OS without reinstalling WES7

I have an operating system image already created, all the features installed. For some reason keyboard filter does not appear in group policy editor, after I did add it to the distribution share and ...
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Is it safe to remove wallpaper registry key? [closed]

Someone forced me a wallpaper using some group policy After searching the registry database, I found the following on HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\WallpaperStyle : ...
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Windows7 Group policy restrictions accidentally apply to admin

I changed group policy on my machine preventing running any program except those in the list. I also prevented from running the cmd. Long story short, those restrictions now prevent me from changing ...
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All Programs button via Group Policy

This article describes a method to get an "All Programs" button on the Windows 8.1 taskbar, but I would like to know how to do something like this via Group Policy so I can push it out to all of our ...
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How to give DBA Rights to Domain User Account

How can we give rights / permission to domain managed user account, to manage SQL Databases, typically a DBA Rights? I am on Windows OS.
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Giving Rights to deploy IIS Sites to User Account in Windows

We're using Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, and has domain managed user accounts for our users, who do software development and testing. Most users has standard user rights. One problem I'm facing ...
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How to remove an imposed wallpaper?

I'm on Windows 7. Recently, someone had my computer and made himself the 'network administrator' He prevented me to change my desktop wallpaper Even if choose my own, his remains there ... Is there ...
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Is It There Any Way To Prevent Users From Creating God Mode Folders

we were working on a small company where IT policy have been implemented with restrictions like disabling wallpaper changes etc, But recently one of my company employee have just created godmode ...
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Server 2008 not showing all the available GPO Policies

I am using server 2008 R2 and when i am trying to use GPO many policies templates are missing, I make sure filter is off. Please assist thanks
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DNS Errors through VPN Connection

I have a DirectAccess server on Windows Server 2012 R2. It is working well for most of my clients. I have one client (Windows 8.1), however, which has an old group policy on it with the wrong IP-HTTPS ...
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Disable auto log off windows server 2012

How to disable auto log off feature for a specific user in windows server 2012 using rdp Thanks for your time.
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Can I set the Password Policy on a GPO using Powershell?

I'm trying to automate configuration of a domain controller. I can create and link a GPO using Group Policy cmdlets in Powershell, but how can I set certain policies like the Password Policy for a ...
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How do you disable Pocket on Firefox 38 and up with GPO?

Firefox announced that their new version would be integrated with Pocket. I would like to disable this for my users in my domain. What is the best way to do this?
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How do I display a message on login for Windows 8/8.1?

I've configured the following settings in my local security policy: Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on ...
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How to prevent GPO from mapping network drives on my PC?

I'm using a Windows 8.1 laptop I got from my workplace and it's a member of the workplace domain. The IT department at my workplace thinks it's a good idea to enforce mapped network drives for all ...
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How can I Compare Local Group Policies between Window Servers

I am working on installing a business application. I have it working on an "open" test server. I can't seem to get it working on a "hardened" production server. Without worrying about the details of ...
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Enabling/Disabling Group Policy On-Demand

I am currently working at a school that needs some Group Policy enforcements, which have been set up successfully. However, the teachers want to be able to enable/disable the "Run only specified ...
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Windows automatically installing updates and rebooting despite group policy

I have been trying to find any pertinent articles online regarding this problem, but haven't uncovered much that is helpful. For a couple months now I have been plagued with workstations and ...
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Restrict drive access on Windows Server 2003

I have a 2 TB Data drive. How can I deny access to it for specific users in my domain after 4 PM? Is there any group policy that can do this? Best Regards
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Active directory: what policy modify to prevent this?

I have allowed my user to shutdown and enable the shutdown button on menu as described here https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/816569 I give of course gpupdate,and no errors. But my desktop is ...
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Cannot run an application as a non-admin

Ladies and Gents, Please Help >_< Scenario: Hospital setting, all PC on the same domain and have a mess of GPOs pushed to them... An application (Horizon Blood Bank) compatible only on XP needs ...
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Old group policy screen lock stuck

My old sixth form college enforced some of their own policies when you linked a personal device with their email accounts. This included (a) maximum 15 minute screensaver delay and (b) compulsory ...
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Block unwanted change in system time on windows

I don't want users to be able to change the system time. For this, I have set the Group Policy "Change the system time" to include only my Administrator account. I want to know the validity of this ...
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Member of Local Administrator group but can't run cmd as admin

I am part of a domain, my personal user account is not the domain admin. However, I am a member of the local Administrators group. Even so, I can't open CMD as admin! When I try, it asks for the ...
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Server2012r2: Trusted sites greyed out in IE11

I have a problem with trusted sites definition in Win Server2012r2. I am not able to manually add any site since the "add" button is greyed out. My primary objective was to add particular web pages ...
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How can I edit local Group Policy settings using command line?

I'm attempting to throw together a script for work that allows BitLocker without a compatible TPM. The setting is "Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Bit Locker Drive ...
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Error upon File->Open, every time, in TextPad

I have a Windows 7 Professional desktop that I have begun to use, logged in as a network user to a Samba4 AD domain. Whenever I go to open a file within TextPad (e.g. by choosing Open from the File ...
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How to disable content view in windows explorer

Im trying to find a way to disable content view in windows explorer on windows 7 clients. I found this: ...
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Forcing Windows Update settings through Group Policy on a Server 2003 domain

I have an existing Server 2003 domain with Windows 7 clients. I'm trying to force the Windows Update policy to download and install updates on all clients at a scheduled time. All existing client ...
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How come UAC logs are not being stored in Event Viewer?

In Event Viewer, under Applications and Services Logs, UAC logs are not being stored. How do I enable them? Could Domain/OU group policy have them disabled? If so where can I see that it is disabled ...
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Dir command not working on one UNC Share

We have a process that runs in SQL Server which executes a DIR command on the local network using a UNC path to check that the files generated by another system are all there, as part of an audit ...