How to Reset a Local Group Policy in Windows XP, Vista, 7


29.03.2011

How to Reset a Local Group Policy in Windows XP, Vista, 7

The Group Policy is of feature of the Windows operating systems. It practically represents a set of rules which has control over the computer and user accounts. To be more specific, Group Policy has a part of control over what users can do or not on their systems. It is often used in matters of security, for instance to restrict access to some files and folders, disable downloading or block the access to the Task Manager.

The system administrators are allowed to edit the settings of group policy in order to give access to some users and restrict others. Also, the settings can be used to make the network safer. These settings can be changed at will, depending on the administrator’s choice, the settings may be reseted to default or modified one by one.

How to reset selected settings
  1. Start and log into the PC using the Administrator account.

  2. Click the Start button and search for “gnpedit.ms” (using the search engine).

  3. Now, you must expand the list of options. Next to “User Configuration” you’ll notice a “+”, click it. Three folders will appear meaning “Administrative Templates”, “Software Settings” and “Windows Settings”. You can choose any of them, depending on what changes you want to make.

  4. To enforce a new group policies, click the radio button beside “Enables”, choose Apply and confirm

  5. After you are done editing, reboot the PC.

How to reset to default
  1. Again, log into the computer using the administrator account.

  2. Hit the Start button and search for “cmd” this time. After the executable is found (cmd.exe), right-click it and choose “Run as administrator”.

  3. Go to the command line and type¬†”secedit /configure /cfg %windir% epairsecsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose” (for XP). If you have Windows Vista or 7, type¬†”secedit /configure /cfg %windir%infdefltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose” to work.

  4. After the process is finished, reboot the PC.

Windows 7 Local Group Policy

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