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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the group policy client service failed to start due to the following error: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a

I am having an issue where when I log on to my laptop briefly I get notification that reads The Group Policy Client service failed to start due to the following error: The service did not respond to ...
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NTFS permissions set up in GPM overwrites currect permissions

I'm trying to implement a policy in our current environment where NTFS permissions are added to the local drives. I've implemented this by editing the settings in Computer Configuration - Windows ...
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How to disable/remove some of global domain policies [duplicate]

My laptop used to connect to company domain server, so it inherited from the global domain policy. Now I no longer have this laptop connect to the company domain, and would like to change the password ...
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Disable Wireless when connected to the wire (LAN mode)? Best strategy and advice

Is there a new possibly method in GPO (Group Policy Management) to automatically turn off wireless when a network cable is plugged in and to turn in on when not cable is detected. Using the following ...
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find out time taken by individual group policy computer startup scripts

I wish to reduce the time taken by our computer group policy. How can I find out which scripts of which group policy are run when I boot a computer, and how much time they take each? And how do I find ...
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How to determine an icon's Index number

I'm creating a Group Policy Preference shortcut item. I want the shortcut to have this icon found in %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll: The GPP's New Shortcut dialog box won't let me browse ...
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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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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 ...