Recommended Updates for Group Policy in Windows Client and Server Products

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This article summarizes the recommended hotfixes and updates for issues that occur in an Active Directory environment using Windows Group Policies or Windows Group Policy Preferences. 

NOTE: The list below is not intended to act as a comprehensive list of all available hotfixes for Group Policy or Group Policy Preferences.
This list is an aggregate of common issues seen with Group Policy or Group Policy Preferences. Do not proactively install the following hotfixes unless needed. If you feel you are experiencing an issue listed below, install the hotfix for that specific issue.

The hotfixes and updates are arranged by component areas in Group Policy or Group Policy Preferences and apply to Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • We recommend that you evaluate these hotfixes and updates to determine if they apply to your specific issue.
  • Before you install a particular hotfix, we recommend that you review and assess the Service Pack level requirements mentioned in that article.


Group Policy and Group Policy Management Console Updates:

2261826 You cannot find a network drive in the "Browse For Folder" dialog box in the GPMC MMC snap-in on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows 7

927908 Some security policies are displayed as "Not Defined" in the RSoP snap-in on a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller

981750 Error message occurs when you use GPMC to view a software restriction Group Policy setting in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2: "An error has occurred while collecting data for Software Restriction Policies"

2258620 You cannot find the "Find Now," "Stop," and "Clear All" buttons in the GPMC snap-in on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

976922 The "Run only allowed Windows applications" Group Policy setting displays no entries on a computer that is running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows 7

2409336 "Unable to cast object of type 'System.String' to type 'Microsoft.Group.Policy.Reporting.Extensions.Registry.RegistryValue'." error message when you try to generate a report for a GPO

Group Policy Preferences Updates:

951430 A non-administrator user cannot log on to a domain from a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 if you set the locale information for the user by using a Group Policy preference setting

982606 The value of the "State" registry item is changed after a Group Policy preferences setting is applied in Windows Server 2008, in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008 R2

974266 Group Policy Preferences Client-Side Extension Hotfix Rollup

2385775 Group Policy Modeling Wizard fails when you have registry updates in the Group Policy preference on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2

979731 Some Group Policy preferences are not applied successfully on computers that are running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

2561285 You experience a long domain logon time in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 after you deploy Group Policy preferences to the computer

Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.


Article ID: 2590914 - Last Review: August 16, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

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