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"Error: Access Denied" Error Message When You Run the Ggpresult.exe Tool

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As an ordinary user, when you run Gpresult.exe tool for the first time in a logon session, you may receive the following error message after the tool begins to run:
Error: Access Denied
When you run Gpresult.exe again, you may receive the same error message immediately. The error message is incorrect because ordinary users have access to the Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) data that the Gpresult.exe tool displays.
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. 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 Web site: 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.The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version      Size     File name   ------------------------------------------------------   28-May-2002  16:11  5.1.2600.45  113,152  Gpresult.exe				

To work around this behavior, use either of the following methods:
  • Run Gpresult by using a runas command, and then use the /user switch.
  • Use the RSoP tools to verify the policies from a remote computer.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

Article ID: 322852 - Last Review: 12/07/2015 11:03:36 - Revision: 1.7

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