This article describes a hotfix package that fixes an issue with Group Policy Preference (GPP) items in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Before you install this update, see the Prerequisites section.
Consider the following scenario:
You create a GPP item.
On the Common tab in the Properties page, you select Apply once and do not reapply.
You select Item-level targeting>Targeting, and then configure settings for the targeting item.
The GPP object runs on a client computer that does not meet the conditions configured in Item-level targeting.
A user makes a change on the client computer and makes it to meet the conditions configured in Item-level targeting.
In this scenario, the GPP item isn't applied.
This issue occurs because the computer considers the GPP item as applied even when the conditions in Item Level Targeting isn't met. As a result, an ApplyOnce registry value is set for the registry key of the GPP item. Therefore, the GPP item isn't reapplied.
Important If you install a language pack after you install this update, you must reinstall this update. Therefore, we recommend that you install any language packs that you need before you install this update. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.
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 this specific problem.
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, submit a request to 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:
To use the hotfix in this package, you don't have to make any changes to the registry.
You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Be aware that dates and times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time and with your current daylight saving time bias. The dates and times may also change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
6.3.960 0.17 xxx
Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.
The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed in the "Additional file information" section. MUM, MANIFEST, 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.