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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How to copy registry keys for this?

I wanted to restrict access to a particular program, for which I used Software Restriction Policy in the Group Policy Editor. I want to do this on multiple computers so I tracked down the registry key ...
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Can not set audit policy settings in windows 8.1, no matter what I do

I am totally unable to change the settings for "Audit account logon events", "Audit account management", and "Audit log on events" in Local Group Policy Editor no matter what I do. I have followed ...
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SBS2008 - GMPC Admin Templates error

Recently, when accessing the GPMC on a client SBS2008 box, all of my User Configuration Policies returns an error: "An error has occurred while collecting data from Administrative Templates" When ...
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Windows Server 2008r2sp1 GPP not being applied to Windows 10 workstations

Workstation: Windows 10 and Windows 7sp1 Server: 2008r2sp1 Standard Domain Controller. I've created a GPO GPP to delete some files on the users desktop. The GPO is linked to the OU which contains ...
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Windows 10 - Disable Reset My PC

So a member of staff just thought it would be a good idea to use the "Reset My PC" function in Windows 10 as they were having trouble uninstalling some software. Does anyone know of a way to disable "...
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Remove shutdown, logoff, hibernate options on certain times

At our office we have a scheduled virus scan which runs on every pc every Monday evening. For this, the users obviously have to leave their pc turned on. However, this seems to be a really hard thing ...
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Force printer policy

Some times my users printers just disappears. If they log off and back on, the GPO printers are re-created and the printers work fine again. Is there a way, I can force the re-creation of printers ...
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Use Group Policy to Install exe file with elevated permissions

I want to install a program across my domain using group policy. I have a Windows 2008 R2 server with mostly Windows 7 clients. I have a program that does not have an .msi install package. It can only ...
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log on to permission not persisting for AD domain users

I'm an active directory novice who's been thrown into the deep end helping out in an all windows environment. I'm sure there's a simple answer to this, but it has me baffled: I just don't know where ...
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Windows 8: Launch application on logoff

I created an application (.NET Windows Forms) which shall be launched after a user presses the "Logoff" key in Windows 8. I created a gpo in my domain environment which works in Windows 7. However, ...
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How to supersede a GPO that is higher on the tree

I have a Domain at the top level, there is a policy that prevents users from launching applications. (I don't have access to change the top level) There is a OU (lets call it SiteA). I can manage any ...
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Find where an admx file is located in the Group Policy editor

I was poking around in C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and noticed a whole bunch of ADMX files. Between opening in Notepad and Google, I'm pretty sure they're how the Group Policy editor knows which ...
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Throttling Google Drive with GPO

Is it possible to control the upload rate & download rate of Google Drive via registry or GPO policy? [HKEY_CU\software\google\drive] key, does not contain any values for bandwidth settings.
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Prevent user from installing program in Windows 7

There are 5 Win 7 machines. All the machines have one password protected Administrator account and one Standard user account. These machines are connected to a router. All the machines have been ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Local Policy Editor is missing System Services?

I'm using gpedit.msc to edit the local security policy on a Windows Server 2012 R2 box and I want to set a service to diabled. I know I could just do this in services.msc but I want it done in policy ...
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I need a Task Scheduler trigger on windows 8.1

I want to a activate a program when ever someone types in the wrong password, on what I believe is called the "welcome screen." The problem I am having is that everywhere I look I see that I need to ...
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Disable Lock Buttons, but Keep Win + L shortcut GPO

On my domain controller, I recently enabled the "Remove Lock Computer" option under GPO: User Configuration => Policies => Administrative Templates => System => Ctrl+Alt+Del Options => Remove Lock ...
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Recurring windows failed to connect to group policy client error

I'm getting the 'Windows failed to connect to group policy client' error quite frequently on computers on my network. The problem prevents standard users from logging on to Windows. I'm able to fix it ...
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Why won't Group Policy File Redirection settings apply?

Related to How can I disable the 'Installing Apps' screen? I recently set up a new domain, everything runs as it should but however certain Group Policy settings won't sync. One of these settings is ...
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How can I disable the 'Installing Apps' screen?

I recently set-up a domain for my network for both home & business use. The domain runs well, and I'm ironing out some small issues (probably due to this being the first time I've set up a domain)....
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Windows 10 not caching credentials

I recently upgraded my server to Windows Server 2012 R2, and I relied heavily on domain credential caching on my laptop and now it isn't letting me log into my laptop when not on the network. The ...
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How can I grant access to a local machine but restrict access to other machines and resources within the same local network?

I have a local network behind a Linksys WRT1900AC router. Several computers connect to the local network. Among those one particular machine, let's call it X1. I want to grant full access to this ...
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Archive outlook messages (PST option disabled)

I am looking for a way to archive a year of work emails in an environment where group-policy has disabled PST files as per here Going forward I will simply delete emails I don't need to store, but I ...
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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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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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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.