I need to set preferences in group policy for date/time formats but I can't find preferences in the group policy editor.

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I have obviously seen preferences in group policy in youtube videos etc but why is this totally missing from my group policy tool on Windows 10 professional?

I usually start group policy by typing gpedit in start menu but do I need to do something different?

  • Run timedate.cpl control panel.
    – Biswapriyo
    Sep 27, 2019 at 4:21
  • @Biswapriyo I need to set policy so new accounts are created with the set format. Additionally I would hope that SysPrep wouldn't reset the policy if it was set through preferences because currently it resets it.
    – zar
    Sep 30, 2019 at 15:43

2 Answers 2


Microsoft Group Policy Preferences are limited to Group policy(Active Directory), you cannot configure as a local policy

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The long answer...

Edit the Default HKey_User registry keys to your desired state.

HKEY_USERS\Default User\Control Panel\International registry\sShortDate

Time settings

Then using gpedit.msc

prevent users from editing the registry key

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Disallow user override of locale settings

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  • I hope this helps.
    – Honk
    Oct 17, 2019 at 3:38

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