Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Local Group Policy - Reset to Default


Local Group Policy - Reset to Default

How to Reset Local Group Policy to Default in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
16 Feb 2012
Published by

How to Reset Local Group Policy to Default in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

information   Information
This will show you how to reset all policy objects in the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc), including any custom GPOs for specific users/groups or all users except administrators, back to default in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

This will also only reset registry entries for policies that had been changed in the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) itself to default, and not those changed using a REG file, manually in Registry Editor, or any other means.

This will not reset local security policies (secpol.msc)

Note   Note
This could be handy if you lost track of what changes you made in the Local Group Policy Editor, and just wanted to reset it back to default.


warning   Warning
The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in:
  • Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.
  • Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.
  • Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise editions.




OPTION ONE
To Reset "Local Group Policy" to Default using a VBS File

NOTE: You must be logged in as an administrator in Windows to be able to do this option.
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the VBScript file below, then run it.
Reset_Local_Group_Policy.vbs

download
2. If prompted, click/tap on Open.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .vbs file.

3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (Windows 7/8) or Continue (Vista).

4. The Local Group Policy Editor has now been reset back to default.



OPTION TWO
To Reset "Local Group Policy" to Default using a BAT File

NOTE: You must be logged in as an administrator in Windows to be able to do this option.
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the batch file below.
Reset_Local_Group_Policy.bat

download
2. Right click on the downloaded .bat file, and click/tap on Run as administrator.

3. If prompted, click/tap on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

4. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (Windows 7/8) or Continue (Vista).

5. The Local Group Policy Editor has now been reset back to default.



OPTION THREE
To Reset "Local Group Policy" to Default in a Command Prompt at Boot
1. Open a command prompt at boot in Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8.
NOTE: See OPTION ONE at this link for how if needed.

2. In the command prompt, type diskpart, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 7)

3. In the command prompt, type list volume, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 7)

4. Make note of what your Windows OS drive letter is. It is not always C: at boot. (see screenshot below step 7)
NOTE: Mine just happens to be D: at boot.

5. In the command prompt, type exit, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 7)

6. In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 7)
NOTE: Substitute D in the command below with your drive letter from step 4 instead.
RD /S /Q "D:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy"
7. In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Substitute D in the command below with your drive letter from step 4 instead.
RD /S /Q "D:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"

-cmd-boot.jpg
8. Restart the computer back into Windows.

9. The Local Group Policy Editor has now been reset back to default.
That's it,
Shawn





16 Feb 2012   #1
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Hi Shawn, great tutorial. Would it also delete all restrictions and preferences set using the administrator account?
For ex, if i have set some restrictions for local users using my administrator account, will it delete all of them?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Dinesh,

It will only reset everything that was set from inside any Local Group Policy Editor itself back to default. This includes from within the normal gpedit.msc and any custom group policy mmc.exe for specific users and/or groups.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2012   #3
sali147

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

hi brink,i read ur tutorial about gp reset with cmd commands,in fact we delete two folders that located in "windows\system32\Group policy & Group policy users" by these commands.but now i have a question, i use win 7 ultimate 32bit,i change the policy for log on message by editing computer config\windows setting\security setting\local policies\security options\interactive logon: message text ... but now i wanna to reset my gp to the default,i use the cmd commands and even i delete above folders but it resets other policies to default except this one...can u help me?!!! 10x
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


28 Feb 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Sali,

This will only reset the local group policies (gpedit.msc), and not the local security policies (secpol.msc).

For security policies, you might see if this may help.

How do I restore security settings to a known working state?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2012   #5
sali147

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

u r right...it wont effect sec policies.
special thanks brink for this gr8 tip
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

You're welcome. I hope the other link may help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Mar 2012   #7
Hell Bomb

 

Will the batch files work on computer not running windows 7 Professional or Ultimate
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Mar 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Tom,

Unfortunately, no. The BAT files only resets what has been changed through the Local Group Policy Editor itself, and not by any other means (ex: registry).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2013   #9
itech

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Server 2012
 
 
Reset Group Policy

I didn't see any way to deal with permissions in your downloads. I tried both the .vbs and .bat versions and received "access denied" messages!
itech
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Comment

 Local Group Policy - Reset to Default




Tutorial Tools





Similar help and support threads
Windows 7 Tutorial Category
Local Group Policy Editor - Open
How to Open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows This tutorial will show you how to open the Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. To search for a group policy or for it's registry key, value, and etc..., see: Group Policy Search and
Tutorials
fail to open Local group policy
Hi to all, when i open Local group policy but not open properly and show message fail to open Local group policy on this computer.......... how to solved this error........ Please Help me!!!:cry:
General Discussion
local group policy editor
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...
General Discussion
How to copy local Group Policy?
I have a large network of about 500 machines on a domain. I have set up a local account for exams, with a special local Group Policy that is for non-administrators. The group policy restricts almost everything apart from a few applications. I need to copy this GP over to another 20-30 machines....
System Security
Local Group Policy Editor Question
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...
General Discussion
Group Policy Editor or Local Security Policy
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.
System Security

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:13.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App