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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Files are permanently deleted in domain client (2008 R2)

We have a domain with 2008 R2, I've changed the address of "My Documents" to D:\Documents with Folder Redirection in "Group Policy". When a user deletes a file from their desktop or D:\ that file is ...
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Launch application after boot and prior to shutdown in win8

we are currently evaluating Win8 for our company and we are trying to get our heads around the centralized administration of it. We are currently working with Win7 and Server2k8 in a company domain ...
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Group Policy no longer applying desktop wallpaper

I used to have my wallpapers updated monthly by Group Policy. Several months ago I was prompted (I think just after logon) to grant GPO (I think) access to a wallpaper setting in the registry. It was ...
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System icons disabled due to group policy

I'm unable to change some of my system tray icons for some reason. It tells me the following: I'm the only user on this computer and it is not a member of any domain. And it has never been a ...
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Is there any way to connect to my WinXP computer remotely using RDC when its disabled in settings?

I forgot to enable the checkbox "Allow Users to connect remotely to this computer" in "My computer" properties of my work computer. (WinXP SP3). Now I need to RDC (mstsc) to this computer from a ...
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Error reporting is “disabled by Group Policy” but the relevant Group Policy seems to be not configured

The Windows Action Center nagged me to send custom error reports. However, it can't do so because "Never check for solutions" is checked and "Some settings are controlled by Group Policy." Digging ...
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Bat file to change group policy

Based on the answer to this question: Windows XP: is it possible to log startup and shutdown times in the system event log? I want to be able to add it to a batch file, but have no idea how to go ...
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Lock down a workstation

I need to lock down a workstation so a local user named "Assistant1" can not launch any applications except Notepad. Can anyone tell me where to start? The OS is Windows XP SP2 or SP3. The computers ...
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Need to undo group policy changes from the recovery console

I seem to have gotten myself into a major pickle. I have a lenovo w520 laptop and I tried to attach a keyboard. The keyboard wasn't being recognised properly. I removed all the keyboards from the ...
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What executable/applet is run when choosing 'Customize' in notification area? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 notification area settings are locked Apologies for the seemingly obvious question but my googlefu is failing me. In order to allow users to customise the ...
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Windows 8 security policy “LAN Manager Authentication Level”

I can't get into one of our enterprise apps and the app administrator told me I need to change the LAN Manager Authentication Level to "Send NTLM Responses Only". That normally happens via group ...
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Cannot seem to disable ability to view temporary internet files via group policy [closed]

Duplicate on Server Fault: Cannot seem to disable ability to view temporary internet files via group policy Windows XP Pro SP3, IE8 (8.0.6001.18702), within local gpedit.msc I did the below: ...
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Manually Override Power Settings in Windows 7 with a Group Policy in place

I am using a number of laptops which are connected to a domain which has Power Options put in place as part of the Group Policy. Is there anyway (registry, etc.) to override these settings? ...
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Window XP should Login with only 1 user created on Windows Server 2003 [closed]

As I have many user on my server, I have created a domain. I want my system to Login with only 1 specific username and password and not by others. Which policy should be applied?
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Windows 7 Cached Credentials - No Logon Server. Can't Log In

I recently transferred my domain controller over to another Windows 2003 server. The old one was retired and disconnected from the network. I have since found that I can no longer log into my laptop ...
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Add external mailboxes to Outlook through Group Policy

I have a support team of 15 users with an internal support email account and using Outlook 2010. The same team also manages external support email accounts for various customers that require we send ...
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Require user to accept terms on login

You know when you log on to a work or public computer, and they have a user terms agreement that you need to accept in order to use the system? How do I set this up on windows XP and windows 7?
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Prevent users from closing admin RDP

I am configuring a Windows 7 computer that will be administered over RDP. The PC is not member of a domain. Is there a way to prevent users from logging in locally and kicking the admin? I have no ...
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How can I access User Rights Assignment in Windows XP Home Edition?

I have a computer running Windows XP Home Edition SP3. To run a script I've developed that automates printer installations, I need to make some changes to the user group so that limited users can run ...
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ScreenSaver Group Policy Not Working

UPDATE: In the meantime, I've set Password protect the screen saver to Not configured and Prevent changing screen saver to Enabled. I'm still unable to determine why setting Password protect the ...
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File deletion audit policy on Windows Server 2008 R2 [closed]

I want to create a group policy to audit the file and folder deletion on my file server, domain controller as well. (DC is acting as file server) So created a GPO and linked that GPO on Domain ...
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Prevent registry changes by users

Background: I run a small computer lab of 10 computers using Windows 7 x64 Enterprise. Our users are set up as limited users. For additional restrictions, I set up local group policy for ...
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Recovery Windows XP Active Desktop for Restricted Users

We have public accounts out on our manufacturing floor so that people without Active Directory accounts can use some basic functions. These public accounts are locked down pretty good through our ...
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Group policy install on a per user basis

This is a group policy question for Windows. I have developed an Outlook add-in using VSTO 4.0 in VS 2010. I currently have the issue whereby the add-in can only be installed on a per user basis as ...
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offscrub07.vbs cannot access registry when ran as part of a startup script

I am creating a script to automate a deployment of Office 2010. Office 07 was not installed in a way that provides a clean upgrade path, and in an attempt to do things the right way I am clearing it ...
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Reading ntuser.dat.log files

I created a Group Policy Object using the Microsoft Management Console to restrict non-adiministrators from being able to do certain things (access the control panel, run regedit etc.). Recently, I ...
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Where can I find information on group policy compatibility between Windows OS versions?

I am having trouble trying to find information on group policies compatibility between different versions of Windows. I have to find this information for a school assignment I need to complete. Does ...
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Run a script at logoff on XP Home?

Is this possible without having a process running continuously, listening for WM_QUERYENDSESSION or similar? (or worse still, loading a DLL into the Winlogon process) (Also unacceptable: write a ...
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Can I disable the warning when a group policy restricts program execution?

I'm running Windows XP SP3 Pro and I've set up a GPO that prevents the execution of a file. It works fine, but when I try to execute that file I get a warning dialog: This operation has been ...
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Group policy doesn't let me execute Chrome

Where I work, the admins just migrated us to Windows 7. They gave me admin rights but still, I had to "Run as Administrator" my Google Chrome installation. After I managed to install it, I realized ...
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Does ICS modify windows firewall policies in the registry?

I had a host machine I wanted to enable ICS on. First I realized that doing so was not possible until I enabled the Windows Firewall. Once I enabled the firewall and set up ICS, I noticed due to ...
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Modify 30 second wait period when RDP'ing to computer with user already logged in

In Windows 7, when remotely connecting to a workstation that already has a user logged in, it prompts the local user that someone is trying to connect and offers them 30 seconds to deny access. I ...
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Windows 7: Disable Lock Workstation After 10 Minutes Using Group Policy

On my Windows 7 PC the system becomes locked after 10 minutes of inactivity. Usually I would find this setting next to the screen-saver configuration. The setting is grayed out, however. I think this ...
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Logging in via Active Directory doesn't work the first time

We use Active Directory, but one computer in particular has a slight issue. When you log into the domain (regardless of the user account used) it will not work the first time round. Windows will say ...
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Run Windows Server 2011 in kiosk mode and hide windows all together

I want to configure windows on boxes that I can ship to customers that needs to be deprived of any "windows" brand. In fact, I created a web server running on this windows box to configure the parts ...
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How to find Group Policy settings for related Microsoft Office options ?

I have been looking for a mapping between the options you see on the Office 2010 applications and the equivalents for setting through group policy but I have been unable to find something that is at ...
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Require password after screen saver

In the screen saver settings for xp/w7 Our "wait time" and "On resume, display logon screen" are greyed out. We've been told there is no group policy to cause this. Wait time is set to 15 minutes and ...
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using setfacl to give access to another user without giving access to a group

I have a user that I use for backup, and I use setfacl to give that user access to files. However, setfacl changes the base ACL entry for group and some applications require that the base ACL entry ...
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Device installation forbidden by system policy

I just bought a Logitech G500 mouse, but Windows 7 will not let me install it. I get this error: Installation prevented by policy When I try to update the driver through the device manager, I ...
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How to create user group in gpedit.msc on Windows 7 Ultimate

I have created four user accounts on my laptop and want to divide them into two groups. Each group will be given limited access to an application. For example group 1 can access only the desktop and ...
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How to clear or remove domain-applied group policy settings after leaving the domain

It is a win7 ultimate x64 machine. The machine was in a domain where it got those group policy settings. Now it has left the domain but it still receives the settings from the group policy. For ...
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How to disable Protected Mode in Internet Explorer 9?

I need to disable Protected Mode for the Local Intranet in Internet Explorer 9. So I go into Wrench/Internet Options/Security Tab/click on Local Intranet. The Enable Protected Mode checkbox is ...
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Is is possible to bypass GPO on external USB drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Temporarily remove Group Policy in Windows 7 I have an external drive that I need to get some source from, and the GPO is preventing me from using the drive. Is it ...
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Unable to change Windows file permissions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: All folders are Read-Only (Windows) My work computer runs Windows Vista, on a typical Windows network (not sure which version of Windows server). I am the owner of my ...
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Setting the group policy without the console in Windows 7 Home Premium

I am trying to suppress the prompt that Windows Update provides after an update. All of the permanent solutions that I have found use the group policy management console to adjust the settings. I'm ...
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Create “homework only” account on Windows

Like most kids, my kids love computers, and if I let them, they'd camp out on it every waking hour Facebooking and playing video games. So we have an app that limits their time each day (trying to ...
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Change group policy using windows CMD

I want to change the group policy setting that applies the value of the Windows Update WSUS server location HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\WUServer and ...
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group writable file not writable [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux Group Permissions I have a file with following permissions $ ls -l setup.txt -rwxrwxr-x 1 www-data www-data 10741 2011-10-12 14:15 setup.txt I belong to ...
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NETWORK_SERVICE Keeps returning to Windows 7 Local Group Policies

I am attempting to reconfigure the Windows 7 group policies on a laptop using the Local Group Policy Editor. Several of the fields for User Rights assignment are giving me trouble (Computer ...
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Want to clean Group Policy from my machine (Vista 64) before I update to Windows 7

On my way home from a visit to Virginia, I purchased a machine from Best Buy (a couple years ago). I didn't want them to put all the sales crap on the machine and it was the only one Dell left with a ...