Hair color of the "person" icon for a user group becomes gray if the group contains more than 500 users

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If a user group contains more than 500 users, the hair color of the "person" icon for the group changes to gray. This does not affect the functionality of the group or the users for whom the hair color of the icon changes. This issue affects built-in groups, local groups, and global groups.
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Windows must query for the class type of each group member to assign an icon. This query can take a long time as groups grow in size; this is the reason for the default limit.

You can override this behavior in the registry. To do so, modify the GroupMemberQueryLimit REG_DWORD entry in the following registry subkey:
HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Directory UI
The default value is 500. You can change this value to any value that you want to use.

Note The
key and the
Directory UI
subkey may not exist. Create these subkeys if necessary.

Also, the size of the query for member class types is set by the GroupMemberFilterCount REG_DWORD entry in the same registry subkey. This entry defaults to 35 members per query. You can change this value to change the number of members that are returned by a query.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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Article ID: 281923 - Last Review: 12/03/2007 05:07:27 - Revision: 6.5

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