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Question: Group Policy Editor not working

I installed Group Policy Editor on my windows 10 home computer and it installed fine. But when I try to enable Windows Defender AV Signature Updates (specify the day of the week on which to check for definition updates) and select (every day) it will not enable. When I hit Apply then OK it shows disabled. Anyone know why I can't enable this?

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Answer: Group Policy Editor not working

Hello novelist11,

Most likely, the issue is that the Local Group Policy Editor is not supported in the Windows 10 Home edition even if used a hack to add it.

You should be able to manually set this policy via Registry Editor though. Most likely, you'll need to restart the computer to apply.

Group Policy Search

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Hi Team,
Please let me know what is the standard Setting for below Security Setting ( Audit Policy ), which are followed in most of the Company.

For Eg:- Should i set ' Success & Failure ' for ' Audit account logon events ' & for ' Audit account management' etc...

Thanks & Regards,

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Will either of these allow me to restrict drive access to a single user only? I've tried to restrict drive access with Group Policy Editor but it applies the restriction globally--even to me the administrator.

Could anyone let me know if this is possible and how to do it?

Much thanks.

Answer:Group Policy Editor or Local Security Policy

I take it that you want to restrict access to this drive to everyone but yourself. Which drive are you referring to, is it locally connected or via a network?

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On advice of a magazine article I was trying to access 'gpedit.msc' from a start search.
Nothing came up, not even in the admin account.
Anyone know how I can access this ?

Answer:Where is Group Policy Editor

Hello Rufford,

I'm afraid that the Local Group Policy Editor is not available in the Vista Home Basic edition.

Local Group Policy Editor - Open

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How do I restrict users from being able to install a program, using the group policy editor? Thanks guys...

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Hi all, I need a little help with the Group Policy Editor. I want to disable the autoplay feature on my PC to make sure I am safe against the Conficker worm. I have read this tutorial; How To disable Autoplay of USB Drives & Audio CDs in Windows but when I type in gpedit.msc into the start search box there are no matches found, is this a typo or am I missing something.

Answer:Group Policy Editor

works on my machine. Try using the run box instead of the search box.
If the run command is not on your start menu, right click on the task bar, click properties, start menu, customize, and check the box for "Run Command", OK, Apply, OK.
Then from the start menu click Run and type your command in the box.

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Hello, All!

I need to lock down a machine for customer use and I decided to use the Group Policy Editor. Well, I found out that whatever I do to lock users down in GPEditor, it locks down my administrators account as well. I thought that it will only affect people who do not have admin priviliges but I was wrong! Here's my question:
How do I lock people down using the Group Policy Editor WITHOUT affecting the administrator's account or any other admin for that matter? Thanks!

Answer:Group Policy Editor

Try denying administrators read access to C:\WINDOWS\system32\GroupPolicy folder. I have been told by an MCSE that this works but have never tried it. But once you do this, you will not be able to run gpedit until you give the administrators read access again. So you will have to toggle permissions back and forth if you do alot of editing to the group policy files. This is about the only way you could do it on a standalone system. If you have 2000 or 2003 server you could then implement policies based on groups of users.

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I have windows 8.1 which doesn't come with gpedit installed. I've been able to download it but can't take the next step of actually completing the installation.
Anyone tell me how this is done?

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hi, i have a pc set up for the grandkids to use and i am trying to block access to certain things with gpedit.(certain control panel applets, delete browsing history etc). however changes made affect not only their limited user accounts but also my admin account.i;m currently circumventing thisby denying read access to the group policy folder in windows/system32 folder to admin accounts. if i were to instead use the main administrator account created at windows xp install, would this account be affected too?

Answer:group policy editor

Easier to use this, or is it not enough? click hereRun from a USB drive, create an administrator account for the users in question, log in to the account and adjust settings there, both default XP settings and those you can adjust with the above software, log out, change that account to "Limited".

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Hey, I am running Windows XP Pro SP2 at home but often have friends over that like to use my computer. I would like them to be able to do things like use the internet, listen to music, watch videos, play games etc... but I don't trust them to not accidentally do something stupid that screws up my comp, like changing settings, installing programs, and deleting certain files. I know that you can use the group policy editor to change options on all sorts of different levels, but what I can't seem to figure out is how to use the group policy editor to edit just the policies for a certain user or user group. Whenever I make any changes under the Local Computer Policy -- User Configuration, it makes the changes to all user accounts, including mine (I am logged in w/ admin priviliges). This is completely useless to me. I do not want to limit my own access. I want to limit the access of others who log in to my computer using the guest account I created.

So basically all I really need to know is how to edit security settings for individual users or certain groups, like removing access to the control panel to guest users, or removing access to desktop properties to a specific user or group.

If anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it. This kind of stuff confuses the heck out of me. Thanx.

Answer:Group Policy Editor

ok, I was wrong. When I do make any change under the User Configuration in the Local Security Policy it only affects my current account I am logged in under, not all the accounts. This still is completely usless to me though. I need to change the settings for specific user accounts/ groups on my PC. I know this topic may seem stupid but, I can't fvk'n figure this out. If someone can offer me helpful advice please do. Thank you very much.

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iwhen ever i try to open gpedit.msc
it says that it is unavailable.
does windows 10 has any group policy editor

Answer:group policy editor

Which edition?
Group Policy editor is included in Pro, Enterprise, and higher versions. Not Home.

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In the place I work, that is. There's no group policy as it is, so the only restriction in place is the Windows user type (Regular User, Power User, Administrator, etc). As it stands, people play with things they shouldn't all the time; this turned into a problem recently when someone was jacking with the time settings in their computer (messed up our client's billing information, still trying to unmangle the mess he created).

I'm assuming that I use the Group Policy Editor in Windows to lock down stuff like this. How do I go about creating a policy and testing it (off the network)? Once I've got it created, how do I implement it over the entire network? I'm guessing I do this through Active Directory, is there a way to export/import a policy or something?

Edit: I was thinking maybe I should give more info on what I want to do. I'll have two groups: home office and travel department. Everyone in the home office gets one policy (more lenient since I'm here to help them), and eveyrone in the travel departments gets the other policy (very strict, since I don't feel like troubleshooting at 5 in the morning). Can I do that, have two policies and then each group in Active Directory gets one or the other policy assigned to them?

Answer:Group Policy Editor?

You can either go into the Active Directory Users & Comptuers console, right click on an OU, or in the white area of an OU you're already in and click the Group Policy tab. The better way would be to go get the Group Policy Management Console and use that. You should really pick up a book about working with policies, it's beyond anything we can convey here. Just remember, create an OU with sample user accounts in there and work on your policy there and never work on your policy in the root of the domain, you're just asking for trouble on that.

Yes, you can import/export and MS even has templates for you. With GPMC, you can create the policy in your test OU and then link it to the correct OU.

Yes, you can have 2. Create 2 security groups, one for those in the office and one for those who travel. Add the users to which ever they apply to and the the security filtering on the Group Policy Object. MS would recommend that you do as little filtering that way as possible by having the users in seperate OU's and don't use the security groups.

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I am running Windows XP home with Service Pack 2

I recently found out about gpedit.msc, but can't find it. I looked further to discover that it is a snap-in I may need to install. The snap-in is not available in the MMC.

I tried downloading the only version I could find on but I get an error when I try to install saying that this snap-in is not compatible with XP home.

Anyone know where I can find, download, install this snap in? Or did they take it out with the SP2 upgrade?

And to think this all started because I found out I can finally change that irritating banner my former ISP put on IExplorer...using the local group policy editor. (by the way if there is another way..let me know that

Thank you for the help

Answer:Group Policy Editor for XP Sp2

Sadly its not a part of XP Home.. only available in XP Pro

yes you can change the banner info

Its also possible that MS TweakUI will do this too but I'm on my work pc and dont have it installed to test.

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I'm setting up a Windows XP machine with a guest account that has very limited access and that's only for the internet. I've configured the GPEDIT.MSC settings but it also affects the Administrator account as well as the Guest account.

How do I configure GPEDIT.MSC WITHOUT affecting the Administrator account? Thanks!

By the way, this PC is connected directly to the internet and not a company network.


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Running Windows server 2003 SP2. I have two domain controllers in this network. All clients (50) except for three all run Windows XP SP2.

I wanted to disable Windows Firewall via group policy however I've ran into a snag. For some reason when I enter into the group policy editor for my domain, the "Windows Firewall" isn't even listed in group policy under User Config>Admin Templates>Network>Network Connections. Nothing is listed under here except for Offline Files and Network Connections.

Any ideas. Am I somehow running old amd files? Strange.

Answer:group policy editor

computer, not user

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This is sort of a branch from a previous post to do with protection a computer that will have public access.

One of the suggestions was to use the Group Policy Editor. I am somewhat inexperienced here and one thing I am not understanding; How do I make the changes (restrictions) apply to just one user (Guest) or a guest-like user and not the Administrator?

Any help is gratefully appreciated.

Answer:Group Policy Editor

What exactly are you trying to restrict? Program acess? Drive access? Applet access, as in certain areas of Contol Panel or even Control Panel as a whole.

I had a question similar to this not too long ago, but I specifically wanted limited drive access. If that is what you're looking for too, you would restrict the access by way of the drive itself.

Example: Go to Computer, right click the drive you want to edit, click Properties, click the Security Tab, click the Edit button, click the Add button, enter the User Name in the box and click Check Names, then OK. Then you would check Deny for whatever property of the drive that you want that User denied access to. Click Apply, then OK, then you're done.

Reply back with what you're looking to do.

BTW, Group Policy Editor is not included in the Home versions of Windows 7

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How do I edit the group policy for my domain, but only have the group policy settings I change apply to certain computers, and have other computers exempt from the changes?

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i would like to know if there is a way to get the group policy editor to work for windows 7 home premium

Answer:group policy editor

Hello Shark,

Sorry, but no.

Group policy is only available in the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. That's one of the reasons why Home Premium is cheaper in price.Local Group Policy Editor - Open
You can still use the registry to set policy instead. You could just post what you needed, and I'm sure we can help like in your other post here for this.

In addition, here's the group policy search page to know what registry settings to use. Group Policy Search

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Does any one know how to find the group policy editor in Vista?


Answer:Group Policy Editor in Vista

Press winkey + r, type gpedit.msc, press enter.

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I booted my PC this morning and after the Welcome/Please Wait screen the machine promptly rebooted. This happened three times and on the last attempt I was able to make out the line which went something like this "The Group Policy Server has failed..." the screen displayed for a second and I was unable to read the complete line. I allowed it to reboot again but the message never re-appeared. I regret to say that I never tried booting in Safe Mode which would have been the first option but I restored using a two day old Macrium image instead.I have searched on Google but none of the replies seem to suit my circumstance and to be quite honest I could not understand some of them and using the search function on this forum is a pretty hopeless exercise because it finds everything but the search string.

Answer:The Group Policy Editor has Failed...

Have you tried looking in event viewerstart/right click my computer/manage and on the left hand pane click event viewer.

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Hey guys I just found a really good site for windows group policy editor. Although the codes are for XP all of them will work in windows 7 I know because I have seen the GPE before and it's basically the same layout.

I will attach the word document with the codes and what they do.

Answer:Group Policy Editor Jackpot

You will find this interesting:
Group Policy Search

don't know how current the next one is, but I've used the site before:
Download: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows and Windows Server - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

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I don't know how, but every time I try to load the group policy (gpedit.msc from Run...) editor I get this error:

Snap in failed to initialize
Name: Group Policy
CLSID: {8FC0B734-A0E1-11D1-A7D3-0000F87571E3}

Anyone had this experience before ?

Answer:Windows XP Group Policy Editor

is this machine part of a domain?

I guess it could be a couple of things.. If it's part of a domain, then it could be locked down by the domain admin. Or, the gpedit.dll may not be registered.. or the path environment isn't not set.. which should be in the "System Variables", you need to re-create the variable named "Path" with the following


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I can access me group policy editor. I when to run and typed gpedit.msc and it said "Cannot find "gpedit.msc" make sure you spelled correctly". Then I tried to put the snap-ons in the console file and GPE wasn't there to put it on

can anyone help me


Answer:Group Policy Editor problem

perhaps the os your using doesn't have the gpe. Go ahead and let us know what os your using.

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I have created three user accounts on my computer. Admin, Maint and operator...added the operator account to the group policy snap-in with very restricted policies. Problem is I have somehow associated the Admin and maint as well, how do I reset the local group policy back to default settings? I need to recover the admin capabilities to make changes to the computers.

Answer:local group policy editor

Hi..JOEYGE... Welcome to SF...Check this link. Hope it helps.

Local Group Policy - Reset to Default

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I have logged in as administrator and I am trying to start up the 'Group Policy Editor' using gpedit.msc but Windows 7 can't find it. Is this something that has to be installed or comes inbuilt with Windows 7?

Answer:Can't find Group Policy Editor

The Home edition does not have access to the Group Policy.

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My Windows 10 PC just updated itself to 1703.
I have a script which used to run perfectly on Shutdown, but now it does not - I just get an empty black box and nothing happens. (The script still runs fine if executed manually)
When I open the Group Policy Editor to investigate I receive the following error message:

I click OK, the message box closes but then reappears.
I click OK again and the message box closes (It reappears only when Group Policy Editor is opened again on another occasion)
The editor then appears to be working.
So there are two problems which may or may not be related.
Any help appreciated.

Answer:Group Policy Editor Error

See if this helps:

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Yes, i cant seem to access the group policy editor, i've tried opening mss in run and i couldn't find "group policy " in the " Available Stand-alone Snap-ins" also i tried going in run and putting "gpedit.msc" but i couldn't find it. Any suggestions to why i cant open it?

Edit : Is this ONLY available in xp pro? is there any similar ones for xp?

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Trying to get rid of the annoying popup in ie9 "Speed up browsing by disabling add-ons", I googled and got a suggestion. Trying to open GPEDIT.MSC and I keep getting MMC could not create the snap in.

This happens with open as administrator and after a reboot. Can someone tell me what's wrong, please?

Answer:Can't open Group Policy Editor

Group Policy editor is not included in the Windows 7 Home Premium edition.

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Hello guys!

I need to know how to launch Group Policy Editor. I already know how to launch it via
But thats not working for me. Maybe because i have SSD disk and I have disabled search and indexing.

So hopefully some genius out there might know of a another way of launching group policy editor.

Answer:How to launch Group Policy Editor

Hi, Welcome to SF,

You could try this

Windows + R would open RUN
Try to Type under Run see whether it brings


Go To C:\Windows\System32\Gpedit

Hope this helps,

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Add Group Policy Editor 1.0. I see it is for 7. Do we know, before I try, if it will work on 8 (core)?
I am stuck with this 8 (core) on a new laptop, and it does not have Group Editor, meaning 90% of the fixes to disable the stuff MS mandates cannot easily be addressed.
Some I have done via registry, some just by disabling other portions I don't need.

Answer:Add Group Policy Editor 1.0 question


I take it from your text that you mean Windows 8 when you say "8 Core"? if Group Policy Editor 1.0 is a 3rd party app then why use this over gpedit.msc?
You need to be a bit plain when describing things as not everyone will know your tech slang....

But Group Policy is still in Windows 8 and as far as I know its no different to XP > 7 versions and options but may depend on your version of Windows 8 as I have Pro (in checking the options)

What options via gpedit can you not access in 8 that you could in 7?

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This notice appears each time the Group Policy editor is opened, and takes two clicks on OK to close.
Simple steps to banish it?

Checked out this article, but was unable to rename the two files mentioned. I did delete them, however, and this removed the error message. What damage that did is ... to be discovered. ^_^ Files are in RECYCLE bin.

Answer:Group Policy editor warning

borgus said:

This notice appears each time the Group Policy editor is opened, and takes two clicks on OK to close.
How to banish it?

Does same thing to me also, how to fix?? wait for the next windows update maybe. This error doesn't seem to harm anything, just a pain in the butt at present.

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In all editions of Windows 8, there is the local group policy editor? If so, how do I find it?


Answer:Find the local group policy editor

Open Run box & type in:


& click OK.

I know it's available in the Pro version.

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I want to disable the default reboot after Windows runs unattended updates as this often prevents my overnight backup from running.

I have tried using the gpedit.msc routine to access the Local Computer Policy Editor but apparently that does not work in Win 7 Home Premium which I have.

Is there a manual way I can disable the reboot function?

Answer:Can't access Local Group Policy Editor

Hello Franco, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The Windows 7 Home Premium edition doesn't include the Local Group Policy Editor. However, you can use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to disable the automatic restart for Windows Updates instead.

Windows Update - Enable or Disable Automatic Restart

Hope this helps,

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Good Morning Discusssants) PLease I need your IT troubleshooting enablement: PROBLEM:I want to prevent users from saving files on thier desktop and preventing them from changing the settings in Windows 2000 server environment.ThanksKoga

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When I run the Local Group Policy Editor an error box appears telling me that Resource '$(string.VerMgmtAuditModeEnable)' referenced in attribute displayName could not be found. File C:\windows\PolicyDefinitions\inetres.admx, line 1495, column 249.
This occurred after a clean install of Windows 8 then download and update to Windows 8.1. I have done two installs and updates to Windows 8.1 and still the problem persists. Any help in solving this, as it is annoying me. Thanks.

Answer:Local Group Policy Editor Error.

Hi harrycat310,
Please take the following steps to fix this issue:
1. Visit the following link and download the Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update
2. Install the msi and replace the folder C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions
with the folder PolicyDefinitions created by Windows8.1-Update-ADMX.msi.
3. Please backup the folder C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions before the replacement.
Best regards,
Fangzhou CHENFangzhou CHEN
TechNet Community Support

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Answer:Block mp3 files with group policy editor would use with caution, as you can make a computer unusable if you get in a hurry and screw it up. Make a backup first.

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Hi, I have a question about the Local Group Policy Editor. I know you can either enable or disable things for all users but is there any way to enable or disable things for only a certain user group (either Standard Users in general or a customized user group created in the Local Users & Groups Editor (lusmgr.exe). For example if I want only a certain user group to be able to lock the computer, in the Local Group Policy Editor I can enable that so no-one can lock the computer but I want admins to be able too etc.

I would love it if someone could answer my question soon

Daniel Callaghan

Answer:Local Group Policy Editor Question

Secpol.msc / Local Policies / User Rights ? This won't stop them from logging off...
But this will: Start Menu - Enable or Disable Log off

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in window xp pro sp-2 when open GPedit.msc (Group Policy Editor) it's prompt
"your current security settings prohibit running Active X controls on this page.As a result, the page may not display correctly" and after that nothing is working in group policy editor window excluding close and when i click any options in the window it's prompt the same thing "your current security settings prohibit running Active X controls on this page.As a result, the page may not display correctly"
please some buddy help me.........

please help me.

Answer:I have a problem with my Group Policy Editor please some buddy help me.

only post the same problem once

please read the forum rules

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Can anyone advise me on how to open the Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 8, because typing GPeditor.msc in the run prompt doesn't work. I've looked online for an answer but wasn't able to find anything helpful. I would like to make a change to the boot time from here, but for the life of me, can't figure out how to get into it. Please help.

Answer:Solved: Local Group Policy Editor

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I have been trying to open the Local Group Policy editor as I need to check the "Lock pages in memory" option in order for a PS2 emulator to work.

I can find the file when searching in my computer but when I open it it says it cannot create the MMC span-in. I have tried to add it to the MMC by clicking on file and Add/Remove snap-in, but when that box opens the 'Group Policy Object Editor' doesnt exist on the list of items.

I am really confused and cant work out why it doesnt seem to exist or work on my computer.

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.

Thanks for your help

Answer:Can't find Local Group Policy editor

Welcome to the forum,

Group Policy editor is not available on home premium.

win7 home final - no gpedit.msc?

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Hello! I am nkraoji
I am using Win-XP Professional SP-2.
While opening the Group Policy Editor by typing "gpedit.msc" in Run dialog box, immediately a small window titling 'Microsoft Management Console' comes up depicting the following error message :
Snap-in failed to initialize:
Name : Group Policy Object Editor
CLSID : {8FC0B734-A0E1-11D1-A7D3-0000F87571E3}

When I click 'OK', the same error message is repeated in the Group Policy Editor main window.
Can any of my fellow members will guide me to solve this problem?
Thank U.

Answer:Problem while opening Group Policy Editor

Known problem caused by path variables, to fix try:

Right-click My Computer>Properties>Advanced>Environment Variables>System Variables>Path

In here type (as in add to existing ones, don't overwrite them)


Confirm and okay out of it, you may need to restart but that should be it. If there is a problem though let us know

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I've tried about every method to access Group Policy Editor but it keeps saying snap in restricted by administrator. I've tried using cmd but its disabled by system administrator also regedit.exe so I don't know what to do, would like to know if theres
anything that i can do.  Thanks.

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Hi guys, Over the last few weeks I have researched A LOT! Mostly on security and stuff like that. Now I have written a book that is aimed to be read by parents to help restrain a child's curiosity because if children play around with settings that they have no idea about it could prove disastrous so this book I have written is missing ONE thing. Know what it is? If not It needs PICTURES So if anyone has windows 7 professional or ultimate please upload some pics to this thread. If you help I give out rep simple as that

Answer:Local Group Policy Editor Pictures

Okay can I be the person who asks the dumb question...

What pictures do you need? You say to upload some pics....of what?!? Want my desktop? Want the system information screen? You kinda need to give some specifics....

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Windows XP won't let me access the Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc into the Run Dialogue. Is there a way to find it in the system files? Or am I out of luck?

Answer:Solved: Can't access Group Policy Editor

You're out of luck if you have XP Home. No GP in there.

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I've been away for a few weeks and upon my return I've found the group policy object editor (and other mmc apps) hang on a fairly fresh Server 2003 install. I don't know if anyone has done anything they shouldn't have, no-one's saying anything at least. The apps will eventually respond but can take minutes to do so. The cursor is fine through all this and you can drag and drop windows around the place and interact with other programs if they were opened prior to the mmc slowdown (but the start menu sticks open if you hit it during a hang). It doesn't seem to have anything to do with load, if all other PCs are off then there isn't any difference. Loading profiles and settings during login on the other PCs goes slow during a hang but if you force the mmc app to close then they resume normal speed. It just seems really weird for this behaviour to come out of nowhere. The network is going fine but administering it is a real lesson in patience all of a sudden. Any ideas?

Answer:Group Policy Object Editor - hangs

rhy7s said:

I've been away for a few weeks and upon my return I've found the group policy object editor (and other mmc apps) hang on a fairly fresh Server 2003 install. I don't know if anyone has done anything they shouldn't have, no-one's saying anything at least. The apps will eventually respond but can take minutes to do so. The cursor is fine through all this and you can drag and drop windows around the place and interact with other programs if they were opened prior to the mmc slowdown (but the start menu sticks open if you hit it during a hang). It doesn't seem to have anything to do with load, if all other PCs are off then there isn't any difference. Loading profiles and settings during login on the other PCs goes slow during a hang but if you force the mmc app to close then they resume normal speed. It just seems really weird for this behaviour to come out of nowhere. The network is going fine but administering it is a real lesson in patience all of a sudden. Any ideas?Click to expand...

Double-check the DNS settings. It does query for a GC to write that stuff to, so if it can't find it immediately it probably just hangs out until it finds what it's after.

I'd also check for anything wonky in the event log.

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- Win7 x64

I want to use the group policy editor, but cannot find it anywhere. I tried opening the .exe with the command prompt and finding it in the control panel to no avail. I browsed to the System32 folder and found the group policy folder, as well as the group policy users folder, but bother are empty. Am I doing something wrong here?

Answer:[SOLVED] Cannot open group policy editor

Type gpedit.msc at the start menu and hit enter.

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Does anyone know how to do this? I don't have the pro edition. The usual "Click Start , type gpedit.msc in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER ." isn't working as apparently the 8.1 update removed the gpedit file. The reason I need to open the group policy is to increase my bandwidth. I have several computers running win 7 without issues but my best computer in the office updated to win 8.1 and is the slowest to receive data. We are using a program called OfficeMate. Any interaction involving the pulling of data from the server on the Win 8.1 computer causes the bandwidth to drop down to dial up speeds. I have changed ethernet cords and even tried going wireless. I have a computer using the same ethernet cord thru a switch that is running fast as ever. Switching the cords at the switch did nothing. Any ideas how to take the governor off this baby?

Answer:Opening the Local Group Policy Editor on Win 8.1

Group Policy is supported on Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows, not the standard edition. If that is what you have you are out of luck. Installing the gpedit.msc file will not help as the infrastructure to support it is not there.Click to expand...


Comparison of features

Supposedly there are hacks for Win 7 that are said to work on Win8. I don't have Win 8 to test this out.

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hey i just bought a new notebook with vista premieum installed but i am unable to open group editor policy. i do type in search box at start button the sam gpedit.msc but with no result.

also i was able toaccess run but now i can't even find run , for a sec i thought it mightbe accidentally deleted (by my younger brother) but then i don think it could be deleted from system 32. so plz help if u can

Answer:group editor policy in vista premieum

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I am running Windows 7 Pro and know how to work the group policy. Is there any way I can assign options to a specific group that I created?

Answer:Group Policy Editor for specific groups

Hello there.
This tutorial should help: How to apply local group policies to a specific user or group.

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I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and installed Gpedit Installer Group Policy Editor. It does not work by command line after installation, but does, indeed, work. It installs to "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\GPBAK\gpedit.msc." Just run it from there, it works fine. And, thanks for this download.
Thank you,

Answer:Gpedit Installer Feedback : Group Policy Editor

I have never tried it from the command line in fact. In ultimate and in this home fix, I always use it from the run box , or start (with the .msc in system 32, as shown in the instructions. .msc files are normally in there by default.)

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Trying to solve a problem (listed on another forum here in these forums) I was told to go to my 'Local Group Policy Editor. I tried the following methods:
-1- Windows -> Run -> type in 'gpedit.msc'
and nothing happened, getting a window telling me it did not exist. I have set my folders to show everything and hide nothing. A search using both windows and my own ''Super Finder XT'' showed that no such file exists on my PC and neither did I see it in the path it was supposed to be in.
-2- "Enter Group Policy Editor via Search.
On the Search panel, enter group policy in the box and click Edit group policy"
This didn't work either possibly because of what I said in point 1 above.
-3- Access the editor from Start Menu.
Click the bottom-left Start button to open the Start Menu, enter gpedit.msc in the empty box and tap gpedit in the results"
Obviously no success here for the same reason
-4- Access Group Policy Editor through Command Prompt
Same results for same assumed reason.
-5- Open the editor in Windows PowerShell
Same results for same assumed reason.Typing in 'Group Policy' or 'Group Policy Editor', 'Edit Group Policy' and Local Group Policy Editor'
also never got me anywhere--it gave me no results except for ''web'' with one ''Group Policy'' which showed ''Edit Group Policy --> Control Panel'' but clicking on it the new window said, No result for "Edit Group Policy".
Does anyone know what is going on?
My specs if needed are:
I upgraded to W1... Read more

Answer:Local Group Policy Editor non-existant on my computer


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Dear tenforums!

I've attempted to turn off my windows defender via group policy editing, however; following the guide here on the forums(how to turn off defender) there is simply no folder/tree with windows defender in the group policy editor.
I have w10 pro and am able to successfully start gpedit.msc.

any ideas as to why its missing?
I really dislike the regedit way of disabling/enabling; and thus wish to use gpedit

hope someone care to help out!


Answer:Windows defender missing from group policy editor

Are you installing another AV in it's place?

If so, it should disable it automatically

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I am running a Windows XP SP2 machine.My PC keeps displaying the "Do you want to display both secure and nonsecure" content messages when I hit secure sites.I tried the standard fix to go into Internet Explorer\Options\Security, but my site has grayed out the Customize button.I have launched the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and believe I need to change the following section:User Configuration\Windows Settings\Internet Explorer Maintenance\Security\Security Zones and Content RatingsFrom there, the Internet Properties dialog box pops up.  When one selects the Internet icon and clicks on the Custom Level box, there is a Miscellaneous section.  One of the items is called "Display Mixed Content".My setting is set to Prompt.  I believe to get rid of the above security warnings, I need to set this to Enable.The only issue is that all the options (Disable, Enable, Prompt) are grayed out.So, my ultimate question is whether anyone knows of a registry key that controls whether this option is grayed out or not?Many thanks in advance.

Answer:How do I change a Group Policy Editor option from being grayed out?

QuoteMy PC keeps displaying the "Do you want to display both secure and nonsecure" content messages when I hit secure sitesQuoteIn this case, the error message does not indicate a security problem; the error message merely indicates that the page has not loaded all of the secure content fully. This behavior is by design. You cannot disable this error message 

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my sister keeps going on a bunch of different sites and d/ling games with spyware and crap in em...i finally got a XP pro disc from my dads work when they threw away a PC...

i would like to know how to disable the ability for just her to install programs onto the computer

Answer:disableing program installs with group policy editor

make sure she isn't in the local administrators group

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I want to disable auto run and auto play of my disk drives for security. To do that, I need to access my Local Group Policy.

However, while logged into my regular account, I am unable to access the Local Group Policy Editor via the gpedit.msc file.

I get a "You don't have permission to access this file" error message.

I don't even have the joy of a UAC prompt. : (

I have Win 7 Pro and am the only user and owner of my computer.

Do I have to get into my admin account and change the settings from there?

Answer:Unable to open Local Group Policy Editor (using Win 7 Pro)

See if these tutorials help:

AutoPlay - Enable or Disable

AutoPlay - Turn On or Off

AutoPlay - Enable or Disable for Non-volume Devices

AutoPlay Shortcut - Create

Autorun.inf Files - Completely Block

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Hey everyone,
I've been having a bit of an issue with GPE (gpedit.msc). It doesn't seem to break anything important so far, but it's just something annoying I've ran into when editing certain policies, most notably Autoplay.
Basically, whenever I open gpedit.msc, it will give an error or two saying it has encountered an error while parsing.
Translated, it says something like this:
Can't find resource '$(string.SiteDiscoveryEnableWMI)' referenced in attribute displayName.
File C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\inetres.admx, rule 34686, column 235
I think it's worth mentioning that my Windows installation was Sysprepped when I received my new motherboard and CPU, and I suspect that having broken more than I'd have wished for. (This was months ago by the way). I'd format the C drive and install Windows 10, but I want to hold off on that for a while. I'm essentially keeping my current installation together with duct tape, so to say.
Here's an image of what I mean. It's in dutch:

This, together with boot times of around 3 and a half minutes (This includes logging in and the time it takes until I can really "use" Windows) makes me feel a little disappointed of the performance. I'm sure I'm not infected with anything nasty. I generally keep a safe system and run Norton AV, MBAM Premium, MBAE, and I have a couple of custom firewall rules. I also use Firefox with Adblock Plus and NoScript.
I really suspect the sysprep and my ... Read more

Answer:Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) Parsing Error

hello ! i had the same problem, 
i uninstalled the windows update KB3087038 and now it's better

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After the past few updates, I have noticed this dialogue box pops up when ever I launch group policy editor regardless how it's launched.
Has anyone seen this?

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I have set some access limits on some programs, but the user that has the limits can run the Local Group Policy Editor and change the settings. How do I prevent access by other users to the Local Group Policy Editor?

Thanks for the help.

Answer:How do I limit access to the Local Group Policy Editor?

Hello Runandnottire, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The only way to do so would be to change their account type from administrator to standard user.

Hope this helps,

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I am running Windows 7 Home Premium and want to change something found in:

Group Policy Editor>Computer Configuration> AdministrativeTemplates> Windows Components

Is there a workaround?

Answer:Group Policy Editor workaround Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hello Phil,

What did you want to change there?

You could look it up at the link below to see what to change in the registry for it instead.

Group Policy Search

Hope this helps for now,

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I created a policy for non-administrators in Microsoft Management Console. However, I couldn't find a policy to restrict user into a specified folder.

Answer:How to use local group policy editor to restrict users to Desktop

Exactly what are you trying to accomplish?

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Running Win7x64 SP1 Pro
Just upgraded to IE11 from IE9
The browser seems to be working OK, but

When I open the Group Policy Editor it says:
Encountered an error while parsing.

Resource $(string.Advanced_EnableSSLFallback)
referenced in attribute displayName could not be found.

File C:\windows\PolicyDefinition\inetres.admx, line795, column 308.

And there is no longer any settings for Internet Explorer under the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components as there were with IE9.

A search says something about two files inetres.admx and inetres.adml .

Anybody have a solution to this problem?

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Hello. Here is our situation:

Network computers (all Win 10) have mapped shared drives. They lose connection when the computers reboot and we have to enter the admin password every time.

Solution I thought we'd try:

I read that going to the Group Policy and changing drives from "recreate" to "update" would do the trick.

New challenge:

My GPE does not have the Preferences tab which, based on this screen shot I found, should be there. Here is the image. It is probably not Windows 10 but it does look like what I would have expected.

Mine looks like this:

Bottom line:

Any suggestions as to how I can change those settings from Recreate to Update? Any other known way to get our drives to automatically reconnect? I've never had this problem before.

Thanks for posting known solutions, not guesses.

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GPEditor did not exist for home win 8 users. I find myself needing it often. For that reason, I was going to upgrade my win 8.1 to win 8.1 Pro, BUT...with Windows 10 on the horizon, will my Pro key transfer to the newer OS? I'd hate to get boinked out of a hundred bucks. Thanks for your help.

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I am using the Group Policy Editor to disable Windows Mail and Windows Calendar.

However, both programs are still available. Is the GP Editor completely worthless?

Answer:Cant Disable Windows Mail/Calendar with Group Policy Editor?

Jaxel said:

I am using the Group Policy Editor to disable Windows Mail and Windows Calendar.

However, both programs are still available. Is the GP Editor completely worthless?

Actually it is not completely worthless I have been able to disable the Action center in taskbar notification area. Windows 10 is not going to let anyone uninstall the built in Apps. They a designed to sink devices that run the os or otherwise connect. I agree it would be nice if we could have the option to configure. I personally am ready to go back to windows 7 or 8.1.. I guess WE could log in with a Local account and just never use these apps, or maybe if we keep trying someone will figure out a way to uninstall what we want to...

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(EDIT) Fixed it myself, thanks for the potential help tho!

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Hello there,
I want to disable the lock screen on my Windows 8.
So I used this help from a Microsoft website - - on how to "Open the local Group Policy Editor". 
It says to search for gpedit.msc -
Which I couldn't find.
So I searched for MMC and did the following: 

On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.

In the Add or Remove Snap-ins dialog box, click Group Policy Object Editor, and then click Add.

The problem is: In the Add or Remove Snap-ins dialog box,
there was no Group Policy Object Editor.
Where is it? Why don't I have it? How do I fix it?!
Thanks in advance,

Answer:Group Policy Object Editor doesn't exist in anyway, shape or form

What kind of Windows 8 are you running? If you are using Windows 8 Starter or Premium edition you will not have access to the group policy editor.
Instead you will need to enable the setting through the Windows Registry.
1. Search regedit to open Registry Editor.
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
3. In the right pane, creating the NoLockScreen REG_DWORD and set value to 1.
Niki Han
TechNet Community Support

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I am unsure where to report bugs so I'm mentioning one here. If there is a more appropriate forum then feel free to point me that direction.
EMET 5.5 beta on Windows 10 64 bit will fail to load on reboot after an install if group policy editor has been used to aggressively remove "features" from Windows. One notable problem is disabling Cortana in group policy editor. EMET on my box
really doesn't like that. This is unfortunate as I don't expect Cortana will ever be enabled on any of the boxes I oversee.

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I build an XP SP2 pc with all critical updates, with an anti-virus, and a remote software. I use IE to access a particular url so that an employee can clock in or out. I start IE automatically with a process that checks to see if IE is running and if not runs a shortcut to reopen IE in kiosk mode and to the appropriate url. I deny right click usage, control panel, run, etc, through the registry. I am hoping to do this through a local group policy that I can have the Active Directory administrator import into an OU so I do not have to lock down every time clock I build manually. I am not familiar with Group Policy Editor, so if you tell me to create a GPO that sets IE's proxy server setting to a non-existent server, I know what you are saying, but I don't know how to do that. I appreciate any advice anyone might have for me.

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I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and installed this free tool called GPEDIT Installer to add Group Policy Editor to my Windows.
But it does not work by command line after installation, but does, indeed, work otherwise.
It installs to "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\GPBAK\gpedit.msc."
Just run it from there, it works fine.
And, thanks for this download.
Thank you.

Answer:GPEDIT Installer adds Group Policy Editor to Windows Home

I have never tried it from the command line in fact. In ultimate and in this home fix, I always use it from the run box , or start (with the .msc in system 32, as shown in the instructions. .msc files are normally in there by default.)

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New computer with Win 7 premium. When I try to start Gpedit.msc the "local Group Policy Editor" window opens with the following message, "MMC could not create the snap-in". Is there a fix for this? Thank you.

Answer:Cannot open local group policy editor in windows 7 home premium

Gpedit is not available in Windows 7 Home premium

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I have three Windows 8.1 Pro computers ( not on domain ) One of the three we consider the master and would like to take the User Configuration - Administrative Templates configuration and export it and import it into the other computers. I was wondering
what is the best way about going about how to do this? 
I have tried the following and did not work is this only for Win7 machines?:
1.) Open %systemroot%\system32\grouppolicy\

2.) Within this folder, there are two folders ? ?machine? and ?user?. Copy these to folders to the ?%systemroot%\system32\grouppolicy ? folder on the target machine. All it needs now is a reboot or a ?gpupdate /force?.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you! 

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Hello everyone
I have recently bought a Samsung laptop with Windows 8. I have had a lot of problems with it already (eg. I updated to Windows 8.1 and it turned out it wasn't compatible with my laptop. I spent a lot of time and money in finding this out with the Microsoft help desk and Samsung, and the end result was that I had to uninstall the operating system and re-install Windows 8 on it...). The Microsoft help people are utterly useless and won't even try anything until I pay then minimum of $99 for a problem that I certainly didn't cause, soI am coming to you guys for help.
My current problem is that after 1 minute of not touching the computer, the lock screen appears and I need to enter my password to continue working. This is very frustrating, as you can imagine. I contacted Windows again but they wouldn't do anything if I didn't pay them, but they said the problem was that I don't have Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise, so I don't actually have the admin rights to my own computer! So I cannot enter the Group Policy Editor section to fix the problem.
Does anyone here have any suggestions on how I could disable the lock screen so I wouldn't have to enter the password anymore? I am quite desperate.
Just to add, I have tried everything I could find online to fix this problem. If I try to run the command gpedit.msc, the computer says "Windows cannot find pgedit.msc", if I go to computer settings and try to change the part where it says "Everyone who has ... Read more

Answer:Disabling Windows 8 lock screen - I apparently have no access to Group policy Editor?

If you right click the desktop and select Personalise, then select Screen Saver, then untick the box for " On resume, display the log-on screen".

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Computer = Windows XP SP2

Trying to set up so that the Local Computer Policy states that any remote session that is logged onto this computer will kick off a user that is idle (no activity) for 15 minutes. Right now I have this setting (Set a time limit for active but idle Terminal Services sessions) enabled and set for 15 minutes but its not kicking a idle user off after the set time.
It looks like this setting is just disconnecting the user, compared to logging them completly off - which is what we want. So I tried enabling Terminate session when time limits are reached. Still no luck with that either. Any ideas?


Answer:Group Policy Editor - Set a time limit for active but idle Terminal Services sessions

Possibly -> Session Time Limits

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Hi all,
I received this message when i tried to look at the local group policy setting on one of my machines (Windows XP SP3), which is joined in my domain.
"Failed to open group policy object on this computer. You may not have appropriate rights.
Unspecified error."
note that I am local admin.
It's all started when I was troublshooting WSUS connectivity and i looked at the WinsdowsUpdate.log, the WSUS server was <Null> & WSUS status server <Null>, I tried to force the domain GP by using GPupdate /force, it went fine and asked to
log off, but nothing changed in the WindowsUpdate.log still <Null>. Then i tried to look at the local policy setting.
I searched the internet nothing related to my case.
Thanks in advance for advising.
Mohammed Adel

Answer:Group policy error: Failed to open group policy object on this computer.

I guess reinstall windows is the solution, I also found one log "event id 1096", related to "registry.pol" it was corrupted.
Mohammed Adel

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How to disable from installing software using gpedit.msc?

User Account is Administrator.

I want to block different kinds of software.

Internet Download Manager

And also if the software was already installed like Google Chrome.

What will happen if chrome is updating? will the update be successful? even in group policy is restricted to install?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Group Policy Editor "Disable Software Install"

Editing the Local Group Policy to block people from installing software is a little extreme in my opinion. It can certainly be done but it might just be easier to create another user account that is a standard user account and have everybody use that. If they try to install something, they will need admin permissions to do so.

Just my 2 cents.

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Windows Vista Home Premium, How can I turn off group policy, If I try to run defender or change startup programs, it will not allow me. Message to contact your system administrator to turn off group policy.  Please help

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I have Windows XP Pro, SP2.

In Windows 98 I knew the name of the file that was the Policy Editor but I've searched and thought and I can't come up with the name of the file that is the Policy Editor or Group Policy Editor in XP. I know there is one because in Tweak UI, you can go into About>Policy>Run Group Policy Editor. And it runs. Can somebody please tell me the name and location of that file?



Answer:What is the name of the file that is the "Group Policy Editor" in XP


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Hi i have set group policy up and when i login to computer it worksm but on a client pc it dosnt. Anyone know how to fix it?

Answer:Group Policy Not Working

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Hi Guys,

I am wanting apply a group policy on my network and I dont have any problems when it is a User Configuration Policy as it always works. However, the policy I am wanting to apply now is a policy that comes under computer configuration. The problem is that when I enable any group policy that comes under computer configuraiton the policy is never applied.

So in short, the problem is that whenever I apply computer configuration policies, they never take effect, but when I enable user configuration policies everything works fine.

Any help or ideas would be much appritiated.

Thanks again,

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Hi,I have a Windows Server 2000 SP4, and 3 XP PRO machines.I have manged to set up usernames etc in active directory, but when it comes to group policy, and deploying it on XP, where by i click on the domain controller in active directory users, and add a group policy.Say in group policy, i wanted to set the Homepage for internet explorer as click here - for example, this wouldn't take effect on a Windows XP machine logged in as the domain member. It is as if the whole group policy feature doesn't work.Cheers. Jon

Answer:Group policy snap in - not working.

click hereThere must be something you have done wrong.Make sure you have applied the group policy to the group of users you wish to lock down.

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Just 2 days ago I got an error on startup about the 'Group Policy Client',i thought it was nothing, but ive noticed my PC being slow , and Google Chrome wasnt working so i uninstalled it but but i cant install it again(the installer hangs on downloading), so after googling solutions i found one, which told me to create missing registry keys, but that solution didnt work for me. I also checked the services window, it says GPC is started Automatiacally(With a trigger start whatever that means) but double clicking on it shows that the staus is stopped and i cant alter it, the options are grayed out. I have no idea what is causing the problem is but it is very annoying.
PS there is only 1 account on this PC, it is a local account not attached to a hotmail account.

Answer:Group Policy Client not working.

The GPC depends on the DCOM Server Processor Launcher and the RPC Endpoint Mapper.  Check and see if these are set to Automatic and are started.
Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  When  FileHippo opens, click on Download latest version in the upper right pane.
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.

The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.

In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
• List last 10 Event Viewer log
• List Installed Programs
• List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
• List Minidump Files
Click on Go to start the scan.  Once it is finished highlight the text, copy it and paste it in your next post.

The sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces corrupted and incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.
To run sfc /scannow in Windows 8 you will need to open the Elevated Command Prompt.  The easiest way to do this is to press the Windows key ... Read more

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I have been working on getting a group policy to work, but have not had success. I have enabled the policy through gpedit.msc, and it is showing as enabled, however it is not being enforced. Is there a step that I missed along the way? Thanks.

Answer:Group Policy enabled, but not working

Hello Thill, and welcome to Eight Forums.

What group policy are you trying to enable?

Do you have Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro installed?

In addition, please post screenshots showing your settings to see if it may help reveal anything.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

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We are running Windows 7 Enterprise x64 on almost all of our machines.

We recently did some changes and in IE I need to have both of these not be able to be changed by the user in IE:

Automatic Configuration

We previously had a GPO to disable the proxy box and it works just fine.
I then added a GPO to disable the ability to change the automatic configuration settings and it applies and works.

The only problem is, is that for some reason, if I use the GPO to disable the automatic configuration settings, the proxy box does not get disabled by the other GPO.

I have verified that both GPOs are shown as being applied by running a gpresult /r.

I have also tried putting both settings in a single GPO, but that didn't help either.

The seperate GPOs only have the one respective setting in them.
The combined GPO has only those two settings in it.

Is this a known issue, or is the proxy box irrelevant if the Automatic Configuration settings are configured?

Answer:Specific group policy question - not working together

Internet settings are a bit odd with GPOs; it's all or nothing. So in your case, the closer GPO in the precedence chain will apply, wiping out settings applied from any previous IE GPOs, even if the closer one doesn't touch those settings.

To put it another way, normally GPOs are additive, right? They merge together and the workstation/user get the final results. Whereas IE settings replace each other, even if you've only changed 1 setting in the closest GPO.

You should be able to throw all the settings into a single GPO and have them apply correctly. However, what might have happened is that an older GPO that you modified IE settings on was still applying those settings. See, once you modify ANY settings under Internet Configuration, regardless of what settings are actually modified, it will apply that entire set. What you have to do is right click on the Internet Explorer Maintenance and select "Reset Browser Settings" to clear them out. Then the one with all the settings should apply.

This is weird, and I'm sure I didn't explain it clearly, so ask if you have any questions.

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I post this because Microsoft has made a huge problem for all buissnies that want to upgrade to e.g. MS Windows 8.1 or now MS Windows 10.
We are a lot of buissnies that rely on user folders such as Documents and Desktop folders are redirected to a User drive on the network thru appllied group policy's.
This function DO NOT WORK in either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
Why do Microsoft make such problems for their customers holding them on a Windows 7 / 8 verisons and WHY DO THEY NOT FIX IT.
It has been a problem since Windows 8.1 (not on upgraded PC's from windows 8) and of course MS do nothing to fix their errors.

What can we do? Stop using Microsoft products or just not install any new Windows versions on a compagny scale until MS get their head out of their but and make something that works.
I'm so glad I discovered this before starting a full scale upgrade to Windows 10 and would propperly now have to use a lot of time just to finde any work around for any policy's that will not work any more.
Damm MS, this was not in my plans so hopy you will start fixing your issues ASAP or we just stay on Windows 7. :(

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I want to use Content Advisor in Internet Explorer 11. I have found a few post that say to use Local Group Policy Editor. However "Content Page" folder does not exist. I have checked the following locations:
Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Internet Explorer>Internet Control Panel>
User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Internet Control Panel ->

Internet Control Panel has only two folders "security page" and "advanced page". The "Content Page" folder does not exist.

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We have a special image that I am required to have on all PC's at my job and I usually just enable the desktop wallpaper in group policy and point it to the path. This has worked for as long as I can remember.

In windows 7 group policy editor, I set the desktop wallpaper in:
User Configuration
Admin Templates
Desktop Wallpaper

I set it to the local path where the rest of the desktop wallpapers are stored C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\XXXX.jpg

I did this while logged in as Administrator. It shows up under the Administrator account but it does not show under the other 2 accounts on the machine. Yet the other changes I set in the policy work under the other 2 accounts. The weird thing is, as I logoff these other account, the picture I set will flash for a second on the screen, then the account logs out.

I have done this countless times on machines without issue, I don't know what is happening. I even reloaded the machine just in case and it still is doing it.

I checked all over the registry where it relates to wallpaper and the correct path to the image is shown. I really don't know what is happening. The only way I can make the image stay is to log into each account and pick the image manualy which gets time consuming when I am loading a ton of PC's.

Any ideas? I have deleted and recreated the users, same deal.

Answer:Group policy wallpaper not working for non-admin accounts

Hello Jack, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may be some sort of permissions issue with them not having read access to the Wallpaper folder. You might see if having the image in one of the C:\Users\Public folders may work instead.

Desktop Background - Specify and Prevent Change

Hope this helps,

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I have an HP Pavilion Elite M9452P, running Vista Home Premium 64-bit, and free version of AVAST.
A few weeks ago I noticed that AVAST was turned off.  When I clicked on the AVAST icon I got "This program is blocked by group policy.  For more information, contact your system administrator." I ran Spybot and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and found nothing.  I also tried to install AVG and kept getting an error saying drivers would not load.
What kind of virus is this?  What harm/damage could it be doing to my computer?  Can you provide any divine guidance on how to get rid of this virus.
Thank you for your time and assistance ... TheVeryOldGeezer

Answer:AVAST not working. "This programis blocked by group policy..."

Hello there     
I'm LighthouseParty and I'll be assisting you with your concern today. Let's run a couple of scans to see what could be causing this.
 Download MiniToolBox
Click here to download MiniToolBox to your desktop.
Double click MiniToolBox.
Select the following and then press go.
Post the log in your next reply.
Flush DNS
Reset IE Proxy Settings
Reset FF Proxy Settings
List Installed Programs
List Restore Points
 Install and run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Click here to download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
Double click mbam-setup-x.x.x.xxxx and follow the on-screen instructions.
On the dashboard, click update now.
After that, click scan now - the scan will now begin.
When the scan's completed, select apply actions - make sure the action is quarantine.
Restart your computer.
How to get the log.
On the dashboard, select the history tab and click application logs.
Select the log which has the time and date of when you did the scan.
Click copy to clipboard and paste it into your reply.
 Download Security Check
Click here to download Security Check to your desktop.
Double click SecurityCheck and follow the on-screen instructions.
A log should open, called checkup.txt.
Please post the contents of it in your next reply.
Thanks and good luck!

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 When I try to start a program using the ran as an administrator I recieve a cant run do to group policy, I have Vista home premium, from what I read on this group policy snap in is not installed in this version of vista. Also when useing task manager trying to find the program that is giving me trouble when I click on the show all users button it does not do anything, wont prompt me for an admin password it just moves when you click on it and doesnt do anything. Please help me, I have run malware pc cleaner, the tdss on this web sight, And avast, windows defender, whats running program.
 Thank you for reading this.

Answer:Group policy msg and task manager show all users not working

Did you Reset All Group Policies to the Default? Go to Using CMD in Windows Vista.

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Hi Guys,

Does anyone know anything about this error message I keep getting when I try to run the Group Policy Results Wizard in Windows Server 2003 ? It says "The RPC Server Is Unavailable"

I not quite sure what an RPC Server is but I can confirm that there is nothing wrong with the DNS and that I have switched off Windows Firewall on the Server.

Any ideas ? The reason I need to run this wizard is because there is a Policy that is not taking effect and I think that running the wizard could help me find out why.

Thanks again.

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The policy, located at User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Search: Disable Find Files via F3 within the browser, does not work for IE11. This policy was designed only for IE5 and IE6

I've also attempted adding a registry entry:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions\NoFindFiles
Data: 1

This has not worked either to disable it.

The environment is composed of a 2012r2 Active Directory system with Windows 7 and above workstations.

Does anyone have any solutions to implement this for the latest version of IE?

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2008 Dell Precision T7400 with Base Dual Intel Xeon E5420 (2.50GHz,1333FSB,2x6MB,Quad Core)
Memory 8GB, 667MHz, ECC Memory (8x1GB)
Video Card 512MB PCIe x16 nVidia Quadro FX 1700 (MRGA14L), Dual Monitor DVI or VGA Graphics Card
Hard Drive 320GB (7,200 rpm) SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive with NCQ and 16MB DataBurst Cache™.
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate upgraded from XP Professional x64 Edition SP2 (NTFS) about a year or so ago.
Thursday I did a defrag and have no system restore point. The same night I updated Boinc BOINC and Oracle Virtualbox was also installed with it. The problems started after when I went to log in the next day.

First sign of a problem was getting a message windows could not connect to the Group Policy Client service. This problem prevents standard users from logging on to the system. As an administrative user, you can review the systems event log for details about why the service didn't respond. I am the admin but it won't let me view event logs, when I go to event viewer the icon is blank like the link is missing and it won't open. It is in the system32 folder though when I look for it but it won't open from there either. I can view it in safe mode but I have to open it by going to the Windows\system32 folder. Sorry forgot to take a note of what it says I'm running a full virus scan at the moment. I did find that topic about restoring/fixing group policy in Regedit but it was fine and I didn't have to fix it.

Malwarebytes found some malware in the Reg... Read more

Answer:Group Client Policy / Admin issues / links not working / files missing

Virus scan from Microsoft Security Services didn't find anything (not sure if its up to the job though)

Probably best to do a repair install. Microsoft's Management Console started to act up in safe mode, snap-in stopped responding.

Loads of errors in event logs these are some of them.

The winlogon notification subscriber <GPClient> was unavailable to handle a notification

Faulting application name: mmc.exe, version: 6.1.7600.16385, time stamp: 0x4a5bc808
Faulting module name: mmc.exe, version: 6.1.7600.16385, time stamp: 0x4a5bc808
Exception code: 0xc0000094

The winlogon notification subscriber <Sens> was unavailable to handle a notification event.

The winlogon notification subscriber <SessionEnv> was unavailable to handle a notification

Windows Management Instrumentation Service subsystems initialized successfullyevent.

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Writer with name WMI Writer and ID {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0} attempted to subscribe in safe mode.

Initializing Writer

Writer Class Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}

The winlogon notification subscriber <GPClient> was unavailable to handle a notification event.

The Base Filtering Engine service terminated with the following error:
The system cannot find the path specified.

The Windows Firewall service depends on the Base Filtering Engine service which failed to start because of the following error:
The ... Read more

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