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 hide drive for specific users in Windows 7?

I need to hide the D: drive for specified users on Windows 7. How can I do that?
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How to apply group policy settings to specific local accounts in Windows

I created a limited user account and want to restrict USB and CD drive access using group policy settings. Hence I want to use gpedit.msc to enforce restrictions on the limited account and disable ...
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Allow restricted users to install software on Windows

Is there any way in Windows XP, Vista or 7, where you can set a domain user as a restricted user, but then allow to install certain approved applications? For example, allow them to download and ...
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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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Is there any software to identify whether PC installed any pirated software? [closed]

There are some employee in company that installed pirated software in their PC and I scared they use for commercial use, so, I decided to use kind of a software to detect whether their PC installed ...
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Alternative to gpedit.msc for Windows Home editions?

Is there an alternative to gpedit.msc for "Home" versions of Windows (ie: Vista Home Premium)?
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Group Policy: Block access to \\localhost\C$

We have a restricted Windows 7 computer that hides and prevents non-admin users from accessing the C Drive using the following policies: Prevent access to drives from My Computer Hide these ...
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Windows 7 - How to run a script at shutdown but not at logoff

I was wondering if anyone knows how to configure a Windows 7 x64 Enterprise install that is on a domain to run a script if the user attempts to shutdown the computer - but I dont want the script to ...
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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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Temporarily remove Group Policy in Windows 7

Using Windows 7 Professional I need to get access to the Folder Options screen. At work we primarily use Windows XP and are connected to a domain. Through Group Policy we disable access to the Folder ...
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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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How do I enforce a unifrom company email font and signature format across Outlook 2007, 10 and 13? [closed]

Our users currently run a mixture of Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013 to manage emails. We use active directory and our server runs Windows Server 2008 R2. Is there anyway that we can enforce through ...
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How can I disable WiFi when computer is connected to LAN with wire, using GPO?

Is anyone of you know how to disable, thru a GPO, the Wireless connection as soon as the computer is connected to the LAN with a wire. By example, a user is at home with his laptop, connected to his ...
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Wallpaper in Windows 7 locked down by domain group policy?

So I am in a situation where my wallpaper is locked to a specific image on my work computer via group policy. I can't change it via the Personalization settings since it is grayed out and says it has ...
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Failed to open the Group Policy Object -Windows 7 Administrator

Whenever I try to access the Local Group Policy Editor (or access the local security Policy from the Administrative tools folder) I get the following message: "Failed to open the Group Policy ...
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How do I deploy a Windows 7 registry fix using group policy

How can I deploy a Windows 7 registry fix using "group policy"?
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Local Group Policy in Windows 7 - Roll back to default settings?

Is there an option in Local Group Policy (LGP) under Windows 7 to switch back to the default settings as they were before user changed them in LGP?
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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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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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Does Windows 7 re-enable Windows Firewall after removing from domain?

We have the following GPO's configured for our default domain policies: Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Windows Firewall with Advanced Security\Domain Profile ...
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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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is there a way to force a computer into sleep mode at certain times?

for example, to save electricity. Could you make a domain policy that makes a pc go to sleep between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am. You can always turn it back on. It just goes to sleep unless it's ...
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Windows 7 Home Premium - Folder Redirection

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit if it makes any difference), and I would like to safely migrate C:\Users\paul to D:\Users\paul. My (home) network is a mix of Windows, and *nix boxes, and ...
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Unable to completely disable Offline Files feature for Windows 7 in GPO

I have been trying to completely disable the offline files feature for all the W7 PCs on the domain that I manage. I have been unable to. I do not want this feature as it creates unwanted, largely ...
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Any good reason for graphics hardware acceleration to be disabled through IT policy?

We've launched a 3D windows app for distribution at another company, but we encountered some problems with running it on their tightly controlled set of computers. The IT group set up all of the ...
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How can I see a list of all users on the logon screen?

I'm trying to "configure" my Windows 7 Professional logon screen to facilitate multiple users for a shared-computer environment. Could someone please share how to make it NOT only display the last ...
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Set Windows XP desktop background with group policy

I need to set a specific desktop background picture to a number of Windows XP machines. Is it possible to use some group policy for this or must I do it one by one?
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Replacement for gpedit.msc in Windows 7 Home edition

I have been trying to edit the rights for an account on a Windows 7 Home Pro machine. I would normally use gpedit.msc to to this, but it doesn't seem to be included in the home versions of 7. What ...
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Fiddler not working in Windows 7 - LAN Settings locked?

I've been using Fiddler for years, but now, on Windows 7 (64 bit) I cannot get it to monitor traffic from IE 8. With the Firefox add-on, it is able to monitor Firefox traffic with no problem. This ...
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How can I install a Windows 8 application for another user and pin it on their Start screen? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a Network Administrator rearrange tiles on a user’s Start Menu? I am trying to create a locked down Windows 8 account using Group Policies with no tiles on the start ...
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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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Folder Redirection Doesn't work in Windows 7 or Vista

I am running a Windows Server 2003 Domain, and most of our clients are Windows XP. In the Domain Policy I have folder redirection turned on for Documents and Desktop. This works great on my XP ...
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How to make computer (or user) trust signed software

I have an application, which I sign and timestamp using a code-signing certificate issued by thawte, with intermediate authority Thawte code signing CA - G2. The signature is OK (as it shows in file ...
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Difference between Local Policy and Registry Key

I would like to understand the difference between this registry key, MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters\MaximumPasswordAge=4,30 and the local computer policy settings via ...
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Customize the WinXP/7 logon screen behaviors

How customizable is the Windows XP/7 logon screen via group policy? For example, can I do any of the following: Display a custom error message on logon failure? Popup a custom app that launches ...
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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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Restrict access for users on Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to apply group policy settings to specific local accounts in Windows The internet cafe where I've just started working has just received some new Windows 7 ...
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Cannot remove folder redirection

I enabled folder redirection for a single account to test it out and see how I liked working with it on a day-to-day basis. After some testing, I realized it won't work in my environment and thus ...
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How can I limit other (administrator) users access to my profile?

We in our club have a computer with Windows 7 Professional that every club member may use. And everyone has their own separate account. Those accounts have to have administrator priveleges since 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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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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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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Using the command “id” in Linux?

I have some doubts with the use of the command id in Linux... I have added one user(andre) to the group "github-total", do if I do id andre I got: $ id andre uid=500(andre) gid=500(andre) ...
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C# windows 7 run exe before computer shutdown

I want to run an executable that saves an XML file on a local drive before the computer (running on Windows 7) gets shut down. I know it is possible to run scripts before shutdown. This can be ...
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Windows Update when Group Policy Forbids

I am in the administrators group for my local Windows XP machine and I would like to get updates via http://update.microsoft.com/[1]. However, this is prevented via the group policy: Network ...
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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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Windows 7 - Group Policy - Allow RDP Credentials to be Saved

Im trying to use RDP and save my credentials in a file so I dont have to entire it each time I connect. I remember doing it before and it involved changing a group policy setting. What exactly do I ...
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Why is the add user or group button not available on the group policy editor for Remote Desktop Services Properties?

I have a Windows 2008 R2 Server, and I'm trying to give a domain user who is NOT domain admin the rights to login to this box via RDC. I'm logged in as a domain admin. Here's where I am: When I ...
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Group Policy testing

How do I go about testing a Group Policy before applying it to an entire OU? I currently have an OU with many users within the OU. I want to test the Group Policy on one of these users before ...
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How do I remove or disable the search box in windows explorer on Windows 2008 R2?

I need a way to disable the search box from Windows Explorer. I've found a way to do this with the Start menu, but not in Windows Explorer.