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Windows 7: Cannot Connect To Group Policy Client Service.

20 Feb 2013   #11

Windows 7 64 bit

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How did I find the solution? I had another laptop which was healthy, and Group Policy Client service was running fine there. When banging my head against the wall trying to fix the issue, I came across the link I posted in my original post. After reading it, it was sort of a light bulb thing - I figured out, that SVCHOST must have missing start-up parameters somewhere. I found from the linked article where those parameters should be. The rest was easy - I just looked what was the keys on a healthy PC and re-created them on the faulty one. The result is documented above ;-)

Oh, yes, I also checked values on Win 7 Professional and Enterprise PCs, and confirmed that they are all the same.

Regarding Windows Updates - I wouldn't suggest avoiding them - many cover significant security holes.

What strikes me most is that this issue was out there for at least 3 years (I tracked it back to Vista), and it is wide-spread (I had to post my solution to good dozen of threads in different forums), but no one at Microsoft got to the root cause of it, not mentioning posting a fix.

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