How to Reset All Local Group Policy Settings to Default in Windows 10
InformationThe Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that provides a single user interface through which all the the Computer Configuration and User Configuration settings of Local Group Policy objects can be managed.
Administrators can use Computer Configuration to set policies that are applied to computer, regardless of who logs on to the computers. Computer Configuration typically contains sub-items for software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates.
Administrators can use User Configuration to set policies that apply to users, regardless of which computer they log on to. User Configuration typically contains sub-items for software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates.
The Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.
This tutorial will show you how to quickly reset all Local Group Policy Editor settings back to default in Windows 10.
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to reset all Local Group Policy Editor settings.
NoteThis will only apply to reset Group Policy objects set in the Local Group Policy Editor, and not objects set manually in Registry Editor instead.
This will not reset Group Policy objects for a computer connected to a domain using Active Directory. The network administrator controls these settings instead.
This will not reset Security Settings under Windows Settings in the Local Group Policy Editor. These are separate Local Security Policy settings instead.
EXAMPLE: Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open an elevated command prompt.
2. Enter the commands below one at a time, and press Enter after each command. (see screenshot below)
RD /S /Q "%windir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
RD /S /Q "%windir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
3. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.
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