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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
Default Local Group Policy - Reset to Default

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"

Local Group Policy - Reset to Default-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





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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?


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16 Feb 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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.
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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
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28 Feb 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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?
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28 Feb 2012   #5
sali147

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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

 

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

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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).
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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
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