When you run the gpupdate /force command on a computer that is running Windows Vista, the following error results are returned:
Updating Policy...User policy could not be updated successfully. The following errors were encountered:The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows could not resolve the computer name. This could be caused by one of more of the following:a) Name Resolution failure on the current domain controller.b) Active Directory Replication Latency (an account created on another domain controller has not replicated to the current domain controller).Computer Policy update has completed successfully.To diagnose the failure, review the event log or invoke gpmc.msc to access information about Group Policy results.
Note In these results, the phrase "one of more of the following" incorrectly appears instead of the phrase "one or more of the following."
You experience this problem if the User Group Policy loopback processing mode policy setting is enabled on the computer.
Note For information about how to view this policy setting, see the "More Information" section.
Service pack information
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack
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.
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No prerequisites are required.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) 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 item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista, 32-bit versions
Windows Vista, 64-bit versions
To work around this problem, do not use the /force option when you run the gpupdate command. Alternatively, you can restart the computer to force Group Policy settings to be applied.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
To view the User Group Policy loopback processing mode policy setting in Windows Vista, follow these steps:
Click Start, type gpedit.msc in the Start Search box, and then click gpedit in the Programs list.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
Under Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand System, and then click Group Policy.
In the details pane, double-click User Group Policy loopback processing mode.
Note These steps describe how to view the User Group Policy loopback processing mode policy setting by using the Local Group Policy Editor in Windows Vista. However, you can enable this policy setting on a domain container or in an organizational unit by using Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
For more information, 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