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Windows 7: Accidentally applied local group policy to all user groups

01 May 2014   #1
jwylie

Windows 7 32-bit Enterprise; Windows 8 64-bit Enterprise
 
 
Accidentally applied local group policy to all user groups

I was setting up local group policies on a laptop so I could apply them to non-admin accounts. Well I goofed and accidentally applied the policies to all users including the admin. The problem is I was restricting access to all programs except a certain few like internet explorer, remote desktop, etc as users will only need to access their webmail and remote desktop to access the terminal server. Now I cannot do anything with the admin profile because the policy was applied to my account as well. What can I do??


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01 May 2014   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Which Administrator account did you apply this to? The default or did you enable the built-in Administrator account and apply it to that also?

If you didn't go through any steps to activate an admin account previously, you could probably enable the built-in one and change the settings for the normal Administrator account.

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01 May 2014   #3
jwylie

Windows 7 32-bit Enterprise; Windows 8 64-bit Enterprise
 
 

Thanks for the info but I actually tried to activate that account but since part of the policy restricted users from all but certain applications I wasn't able to access what is needed to activate that admin account.

After some trying I was able to boot from a CD and restore back to a previous version from a few days ago.
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