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: Accidentally applied local group policy to all user groups

01 May 2014   #1

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??

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2014   #2

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.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2014   #3

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Accidentally applied local group policy to all user groups

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Group Policy - Apply to a Specific User or Group
How to Apply Local Group Policies to Specific User or Group in Windows Windows has three layers of local GPOs: Local Group Policy Local Group Policy is the only local GPO that allows both computer configuration and user configuration settings to be applied to all users of the computer....
accidentally blocked the start of group policy app (mmc.exe)
Hey. Making a permitted applications list in a group politics (gpedit.msc), i was forget to allow the mmc.exe i've just like to restrict any apps...except most needed.. Now i cant start any app, include cmd, regedit and other. I tried to repair the registry from copy (config\regback)...
General Discussion
How to use Local Group policy to prevent access to User Account settin
I'm creating a local group policy to lock down a Win7 Pro Workstation for use in the Staff room. It's the first time I've used it, previously I've worked a bit with AD. but I've been following on line tutorials and using google and I'm nearly there with it. But I'm stuck on one thing. My...
Group Policy Editor for specific groups
Hi, I am running Windows 7 Pro and know how to work the group policy. Is there any way I can assign options to a specific group that I created?
Performance & Maintenance
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 10:39.
Twitter Facebook Google+