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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Enable Local Users and Groups in Basic Edition? Or Registry Table for it?

I have a Basic version of Windows 8.1 (home version; premium; whatever). I do not have a corporate or business version. I know that Group Policy Editor is just a fancy interface for this Group Policy ...
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How Do I Allow A Standard User to Install Programs?

Yes, I realize that defeats the purpose of standard user. But here is the situation. A friend of mine wants to set up time limits for his home schooled son, and his son needs to be a standard user in ...
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Suspicious Group Policy Behaviour

I am running Windows 8.1 x64. I should start by stating that I am not part of a domain and that computer is only used by myself. I have two accounts on the machine. My standard user account which is ...
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Recent Windows Update causing Admin issues in Windows 7

After a recent Windows Update in December 2014 or January 2015, I now have to run a lot of programs as Administrator in order to avoid access/security errors. I'm not sure why, as I'm a local ...
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Trouble with certificate checking on a closed network

I'm managing a Active Directory domain with about a hundred Windows 7 clients running IE9. The network does not have access to the Internet, but do have the ability to access a vendor web application. ...
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Installing software from user account as admin without having to log off log in

Is there a way with a GPO to allow an administrator to install a software from a standard user account? Let say I want to install Itunes from a standard account. I would like Windows 7 to pop an ...
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OSX / Accessing Chrome Local Policies

A few years ago, I set a policy for Chrome on my Mac. I can see this policy and its value via chrome://policy. It says that it applies to "Current user". But for the life of me I can't remember where ...
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How GPRESULT Calculates Security Group Membership

Before I ask my question, I'll provide some background on how I arrived here. So, I was searching for a quick way to display the security groups an AD user is a member of. Ultimately, I'm trying to ...
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Windows Auto-Login not sticking

I have a series of public PCs that are supposed to automatically log in to a specific user. I have set the required registry values (detailed here) via a GPO from the library's main server. This is ...
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How to add Windows explorer favorites on user logon

I have some Favorites links in Windows explorer (not IE). I am looking for a way to apply those favorites to administrator@mycompany.com account each time I log on to any PC in our company. I have a ...
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Windows Server 2012 Password Experation GPO Not Applying

We have a single DC and are trying to enforce Password Policies to all of our computers. We're trying to change it from the default 42 day max password age to 120 or so. The policy appears to be set ...
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No Google folder under Administrative Templates via Group Policy editor - Adding GoogleUpdate.adm does nothing

I'm unable to complete "Step 2" : Step 2. Importing Google Update ADM template. Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates Right-click Administrative ...
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Prevent windows computers from remembering last account with group policy

I have computers joined to an active directory domain. My users have roaming profiles because they will be using different computers in the office. Currently the computers will default the username to ...
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Enabling welcome screen Windows 7 Embedded

I want the list of available users (without the hidden admin account etc) displayed. To facilitate an easier login experience. Things I have tried: Security policy editor: secpol | Local Policies ...
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Is there a way to automatically disable the UAC each time Windows 7 boots (I'm an administrator)?

At work, we have a group policy (I think it is a group policy, correct me if I use the wrong term!) that automatically resets the UAC to "Default" every two days or so. I'm administrator on the ...
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Windows 7 Enterprise - How to remove “Maintenance Folder” and its respective shortcuts for all the users in a domain?

I am trying to remove the "Maintenance Folder" and cleanup the statr menu for my company. I seem to have hard time to remove this folder. Is there any registry value or GPO setting to deploy in order ...
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Attempting to add an existing group to a group remotely using psexec [duplicate]

Basically want to remotely configure the Administrator groups for one of our devices remotely through the command prompt. I figured psexec would be the tool for the job, however the only thing I can ...
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Group Policy Error Code 0x80070005

We have a group policy set up, it's a computer policy that moves a file from a network location to the standard Windows wallpaper location C:\Windows\Web\wallpaper. A user policy then sets the desktop ...
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VirtualBox cannot find VM when executed from alternate context

I'm attempting to have a virtual machine running under virtual box start and stop with the host operating system (which is Windows). I've utilized Group Policy to name scripts to start the virtual ...
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Is it possible to enforce the Microsoft update service for Microsoft Office via Group Policy?

I have a group policy that forces Windows Update to run at 3:00AM every night in my workstation OUs. I have recently found a few PC that had the GPO, but were still out of date. Additionally, I have ...
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windows 7 - File System missing in Local Group Policy Editor

I'm trying to manage some folder permissions in my computer, I need to use Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/File System, as described here or here, but I can't find File ...
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Blocking installing software on Windows 7

I've created standard user account, but still I can install software on this standard account. How can I block this using GPO? Regards
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Windows 7 and GPO - how make this rules?

First, sorry for this inaccurate post title, but I can't think of better. My "great" IT teacher gives me commands to execute (all can affect only one, selected user) Block installing software, ...
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Software wont deploy, but GPO gets applied and MSI is installable manually

DC: WinServer2012, Client: XP Hi there, i have a problem getting a GPO install to work. I created a MSI thats hosted in a network share: \\server\Deployment\xxx\xxx.msi when i log on to a computer ...
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Blocking domain group policy on a local machine in Workgroup

I have created a VM for Win XP which is running now in a Win 8 host system using Hyper-V. This Win XP VM was initially connected to the my company's domain but now disconnected and is part of the ...
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Outlook 2013 keep asking for password

We having problem where outlook is keep asking for password every time you start outlook. Things I tried I have created new outlook profile - still same problem Clear all passwords from password ...
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Is there any method in domain network that only prevent “ local users account(clients local user) ” log on?

I've been looking for a method in domain network to only prevent "local users account(clients local user)" log on ( but "domain users account" must still could be log on in clients) I try to do this ...
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Folder Redirection GPO setting desktop but not showing it

I've set a folder redirection group policy at one of my clients. It works for everyone except 1 user, who has the same permissions structure as everyone else (themselves and me, both full control). A ...
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Getting rid of Group Policy

I am running Windows 7 on a Dell Laptop. I am the only user/administrator. On almost all programs I try to download or run, I am getting an error of "blocked by group policy. Contact system ...
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Win 7 local group policy login times

Simply put my question is do local group policies under the User Configuration elongate log in times? For instance we do things like many companies do and apply security via GPO from out domain ...
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Apply A Security Group To An OU Via Group Policy

I'm having trouble trying to work out if this is possible: What I want to do is have an Active Directory OU, with a group policy applied to it so that if a computer is moved into the OU it becomes a ...
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Restricting user access to certain features via registry on Windows 8.1 Home Premium

I need to restrict user access to Control Panel for example. And because its Home Premium version of Windows it doesn't have Group Policy Manager. Im using this list to do those restrictions. First ...
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Can't get symbolic link creation permissions to work under windows

I am trying to grant my user the privileges to create symbolic links. I ran secpol.msc and navigated to Local policies -> User rights assignment -> Create symbolic links. I have added my user's ...
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Local group policy editor: Out of date version?

I've been trying to use gpedit.msc recently but I haven't been having much success. Sometimes the policy editor freezes when I press "apply" (the policy does still apply though), and I can't seem to ...
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How to turn off monitors after period of activity using Group Policy? (SBS 2003)

I am attempting to set our organization's workstation monitors to be turned off after a set period of time, via Group Policy. Could someone guide me through how this can be achieved with SBS 2003?
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Group policy WMI Logon Server

I'm trying to setup a GP to do tasks if in a certain location, I believe the best way in doing this is a WMI filter. Could someone help me out? I've never used this part of GP before. Was looking ...
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How to Apply GPupdate instantly on client PCs Server 2008?

How to apply gpupdate instantly on all PCs connected to server 2008 at once without going to each of them and running the gpupdate in each...?
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Cannot enable Notification Area in Windows 7

In 64-bit Windows 7, I cannot enable the notification area in the taskbar at all. Every time I try to customize the notification and system icon settings, it says "Some settings are managed by your ...
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Can a GPO be exported from one server and imported into another?

I have a W2008R2 server where we have a default GPO setup. I like the setup and do not want to recreate it for our new W2012 server. I did export it from 2008 but the only option I can find to import ...
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User/Group name validation in Group Security Policy

Why does GPO editor doesn't check validity of given username/groupname in 'Add User or Group' dialog box. It doesn't check if valid name was given when you apply in actual policy dialog box (For ...
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Add Printer requires UAC to admin

I have several non-admin users on my Active Directory domain that need to be able to add printers without an admin entering their credentials at a UAC prompt. How do I use group policies to allow ...
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How do I set default internet zone level with Group policy?

I have been trying for a while to get this done with no success. It looks like my group policy settings are being applied when I run the group policy results wizard. Here is what I am doing to set ...
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Prohibit Windows users from creating open shares with anonymous login/access

Is there a way (using GPO or registry key) to block a windows users when they attempts to create an open share which allow anonymous login/access ? thank you.
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How to enable program execution blocked by domain group policy

How can i enable program execution from any path in local computer using regedit when it's blocked by domain policy? I managed to remove policy restrictions from registry but this one escaped.
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DisableCAD local security policy on standalone Windows 7 machine reverts to Enable after reboot or logging out

I have been struggling for days trying to resolve this issue. We are required to have our users press ctrl+alt+delete to login to our systems. The local security policy has the "Interactive logon: Do ...
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After a restart, preventing Group Policy Update from updating the registry values

My machine is part of a corporate domain and I have local admin rights on this machine. Due to the GPs applied, I was not able to change my wallpaper. So I did a GPResult /v and figured out the ...
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Group Policy Modeling Error on Server 2012 R2

I am getting the following error when I try to run the Group Policy Modeling tool (which is a part of the GPMC.mmc) on Windows Server 2012 R2. The Domain Controller for this Forrest is the machine ...
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Deploying Sofware via GPO - Install for Machines Added to Network

Is there someway in Active Directory when deploying software via Computer Settings (Assigned) to have an application be installed to computers after they are joined to the domain? I am currently ...
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Add Computer and User to Domain - Can't login

I have set up a domain on my netowrk, as following: Domain Controller: HostName: DC001 OS: WS2008R2 Domain name: test.local Domain admin user: diego Domain admin user: password User "diego" can ...
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Outlook 2010 “Show this folder as an e-mail address book” via GPO

In Outlook2010, I need to set the checker "Show this folder as an e-mail address book" on my clients Windows 7 boxes. I need to do this over and over because I am copying a public folder to the ...