"Trusted Publishers" settings are unmanageable in a Group Policy Object in Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1Windows Server 2008 R2 DatacenterWindows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise More

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:
  • You use the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) on a computer that runs Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to manage a domain.
  • You locate and then enable the following policy in a Group Policy Object (GPO):
    Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Public Key Policies\Trusted Publishers
  • You update the GPO and then make sure that the policy is enabled successfully.
In this situation, the Trusted Root Certification Authorities setting is set silently and unintentionally in the background. Additionally, this setting cannot be removed from the GPO even after you set the Certificate Services Client – Auto-Enrollment setting, Turn off Automatic Root Certificates Update setting and Certificate Path Validation Settings setting to Not Configured.

Note If KB 2842986 is installed, the Trusted Publishers setting is not displayed in GPMC. However, this setting can be displayed from the GPO after you set the Certificate Services Client – Auto-Enrollment setting. For more information about update 2842986, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2842986 The "Trusted Root Certification Authorities" setting cannot be removed from a GPO in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

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 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 be running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

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

To apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

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.

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 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