Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:

  • You have some computers that are running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7.

  • You configure some Group Policy preferences in a domain.

  • These Group Policy preferences are applied to the computers.

In this scenario, some Group Policy preferences are not applied successfully. Additionally, the following error message is logged in the Application logs of the computers:

Log Name: Application

Source: Group Policy Registry

Date: <time>

Event ID: 8194
Task Category: (2)

Level: Error

Keywords: Classic

User: SYSTEM

Computer: <COMPUTERNAME>

Description: The client-side extension could not remove user policy settings for ‘Domain Name {GUID}' because it failed with error code '0x8007000d The data is invalid.' See trace file for more details.

Cause

This issue occurs because Group Policy client-side extensions try to load the history file that is stored at the following location:

..\users\All Users\Microsoft\Group Policy\History\<GUID>\Preferences 

However, some history files are corrupted or unreadable. Therefore, the corresponding Group Policy preferences are not applied successfully.

Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

  • Windows Server 2008

  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

  • Windows 7

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

For more information about how to obtain a Windows Vista service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

For more information about how to obtain a Windows Server 2008 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

968849 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The English (United States) version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 file information notes

Important Windows Vista hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows Vista" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows Vista" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.

    Version

    Product

    SR_Level

    Service branch

    6.0.600
    0.
    20xxx

    Windows Vista

    RTM

    LDR

    6.0.600
    1.
    22xxx

    Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SP1

    LDR

    6.0.600
    2.
    22xxx

    Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SP2

    LDR

  • Service Pack 1 is integrated into the release version of Windows Server 2008. Therefore, RTM milestone files apply only to Windows Vista. RTM milestone files have a 6.0.0000.xxxxx version number.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6001.22670

647,168

14-Apr-2010

17:52

x86

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6002.22382

647,168

14-Apr-2010

19:00

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6001.22670

846,336

14-Apr-2010

18:15

x64

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6002.22382

846,336

14-Apr-2010

18:57

x64

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6001.22670

647,168

14-Apr-2010

17:52

x86

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6002.22382

647,168

14-Apr-2010

19:00

x86

For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6001.22670

1,672,192

14-Apr-2010

17:45

IA-64

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6002.22382

1,672,192

14-Apr-2010

18:37

IA-64

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6001.22670

647,168

14-Apr-2010

17:52

x86

Gpprefcl.dll

6.0.6002.22382

647,168

14-Apr-2010

19:00

x86

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes


Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are very important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Gpprefcl.dll

6.1.7600.20623

583,168

21-Jan-2010

07:06

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Gpprefcl.dll

6.1.7600.20623

782,848

21-Jan-2010

07:33

x64

For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Gpprefcl.dll

6.1.7600.20623

1,500,160

21-Jan-2010

06:11

IA-64

Workaround

To work around this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Delete the XML file that can be found at the following location:

    ..\users\All Users\Microsoft\Group Policy\History\< GUID >\Preferences 
  2. Update the Group Policy preferences again. To do this, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:

    gpupdate /force

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

For more information about Group Policy preferences, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site:
Group Policy preferencesFor more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,455

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

22:02

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_6423b74140057ba384963f1256400598_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_8823dae5d3aad4c9.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

711

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

22:02

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-g..ppolicy-policymaker_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_37e80aa1c33e4917.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

53,968

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

07:34

Platform

Not Applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Amd64_20499ec87b21ebc1e9def5abcbcbef3c_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_f787b1889d79f6fb.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

715

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

22:02

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Amd64_3d3cca35da1746d0bf8b3c0452a7f785_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_b58ebc43a15a2131.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

715

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

22:02

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Amd64_6423b74140057ba384963f1256400598_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_e44276698c0845ff.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

713

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

22:02

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-g..ppolicy-policymaker_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_9406a6257b9bba4d.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

53,972

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

08:11

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

2,107

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

22:02

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-g..ppolicy-policymaker_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_9e5b5077affc7c48.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

34,836

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

07:21

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-g..ppolicy-policymaker_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_37e80aa1c33e4917.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

53,968

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

07:34

Platform

Not Applicable

Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

File name

Ia64_6423b74140057ba384963f1256400598_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_88257edbd3a8ddc5.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

712

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

22:02

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Ia64_679cafe623365b612f06a0d885db2c76_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_755157c79e88f7c1.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

713

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

22:02

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-g..ppolicy-policymaker_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20623_none_37e9ae97c33c5213.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

53,970

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

08:00

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

Update.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,680

Date (UTC)

21-Jan-2010

Time (UTC)

22:02

Platform

Not Applicable

File name

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