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How to Reset Local Group Policy

How to Reset Local Group Policy

by Jason GreenMarch 2, 2010

Sometimes viruses or people useĀ Group Policy against us and we need to reset it back to the default. It can control access to a number of things in windows from logon scripts to access to the screensaver settings. Resetting it is actually pretty simple, which is why you shouldn’t rely on it solely to guard your network.

Group Policy

To reset the local group policy on a machine back to default issue this magical command and after a reboot the GPO settings will be set back to their defaults (enter this all on one line):

secedit /configure /db reset /cfg “c:windowssecuritytemplatessetup security.inf” /overwrite

Also, you should delete the registry.pol file if it exists:

del c:windowssystem32grouppolicymachineregistry.pol

Don’t forget to reboot! All the group policies should now be reset to default.

About The Author
Jason Green
The writer and owner of Green Complex, Jason is an A+ Certified for Computer Hardware egghead and Eagle Scout since 1999 but has been building computers and programming for much longer. An enthusiast to say the least, his hobbies also include photography, video games, and reading. See his proficiencies on Smarterer.

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