How to Force Custom Policies to Be Reapplied

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
You can configure custom policies (also known as preferences) to be reapplied in Windows 2000 every time a user logs on or a Windows 2000-based computer starts.
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  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Group Policy\{35378EAC-683F-11D2-A89A-00C04FBBCFA2}
    Note that this registry path may not exist. This path does not exist in a default installation. If this path does not exist, you must create it.

  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
    Value name: NoGPOListChanges
    Data type: REG_DWORD
    Radix: Decimal
    Value: 0
  4. Quit Registry Editor.
By default, Windows 2000 preferences are applied when the policy object changes. If a user can modify the preferences by using the user interface, the initial preference is not reapplied the next time that the user logs on. If you create the NoGPOListChanges registry value and set it to 0, the preferences that are set by the custom .adm file are applied each time that a user logs on, or that a Windows 2000-based computer starts.

For additional information about the NoGPRListChanges value, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
216358 Troubleshooting Group Policy Client-Side Extension Behavior

Article ID: 268595 - Last Review: 10/20/2013 23:32:34 - Revision: 3.2

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

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