An update is available to enable the use of Local ADMX files for Group Policy Editor

Gilt für: Windows 8.1 EnterpriseWindows 8.1Windows 8.1 Pro

Symptoms


This article describes an update that allows you to configure the Group Policy editor to use Local ADMX files instead of the Central Store.

Assume that you use updated ADMX files in the central store on SYSVOL for Group Policy tools on a domain controller. Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) on clients uses the ADMX files in the central store instead of the local store.

In this situation, some settings cannot be configured for computers that are using the previous versions of the ADMX files. The settings appear in the editor as "extra registry settings." The new ADMX files in the domain central store do not contain the editor meta-data for these settings.

Note Settings that are made prior to the upgrade of the ADMX central store apply to the clients, but cannot be edited anymore.

Cause


This issue occurs because the updated ADMX files may not contain some settings for older versions of the operating system.

Resolution


We recommend that you keep the central store with the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 ADMX templates. To edit new policies for Windows 8 computers, we recommend that you use a separate Windows Server 2012 computer that has this hotfix installed.

Install update 2919355 in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.
Install the hotfix that is described in this article in Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Update information for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

For more information about how to obtain update 2919355, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2919355 Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update April, 2014

Hotfix information for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft Support. 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, go to the following Microsoft website: Note 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 have Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 installed.

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

Important
Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.


After you apply the hotfix, you can manually enable the use of local ADMX files. The configuration has to be done on the machine executing the policy editor, which is either a domain controller or a client that has Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed.

To bypass the central store and instead use the ADMX files from the local store, set the following registry entry to 1:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Group Policy\EnableLocalStoreOverrideType: REG_DWORD
Values:
0 - Use PolicyDefinitions on Sysvol if present (Default)
1 - Use local PolicyDefinitions always

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.

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 how to create a Central Store, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
929841 How to create the Central Store for Group Policy Administrative Template files in Windows Vista

References


See the terminology Microsoft uses to describe software updates for more information.