Some Group Policy areas are missing from the Group Policy Editor

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Author: Darren Mar-Elia MVP
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SUMMARY

When you open the Group Policy Editor MMC snap-in tool, focused either on a local GPO or AD-based one, some Group Policy areas that are expected to appear may not be found.

SYMPTOMS

Some policy areas are missing when you open up the Group Policy editor. These missing policy areas are different than the ones that are normally missing when you're focused on a local GPO.

CAUSE

Each area of policy functionality is implemented by an MMC snap-in DLL that is registered by default on a standard Windows 2000, 2003 or XP installation. Occasionally those DLLs can be un-registered or removed and when that happens, the underlying group policy editing functionality they implement will not appear in the Group Policy editor UI.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, re-register the appropriate MMC snap-in DLL that implements the missing functionality by issuing the following command at a Windows command prompt
 
regsvr32 <snap-in DLL name>
 
By default, all of the Group Policy related MMC snap-in DLLs can be found in %systemroot%\system32
 
The following lists the default Group Policy snap-in DLLs that you can re-register:
 
Administrative Templates and Scripts: gptext.dll
Folder Redirection: fde.dll
Internet Explorer Maintenance: ieaksie.dll
IP Security: ipsecsnp.dll
Public Key and Software Restriction: certmgr.dll
Remote Installation Services: rigpsnap.dll
Security: wsecedit.dll
Software Installation: appmgr.dll
 
 
 

MORE INFORMATION

When focused on the local GPO with the MMC Group Policy Editor snap-in, it is normal that some policy areas that you would normally see when editing an AD-based GPO are not present. This is expected behavior because the local GPO only supports a subset of the features in an AD-based GPO. However, sometimes even when focused on AD-based GPOs, some policy areas that should be present are missing. In that case, the most likely cause is missing registrations for the MMC snap-in DLLs that implement that functionality, and by re-registering the missing DLL and restarting the Group Policy Editor, the problem can be resolved.

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Article ID: 555218 - Last Review: November 2, 2004 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
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