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Disable User or Computer Settings in Local Group Policy

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

Occasionally you may want to disable policy settings rather than delete the entire Local Group Policy.

To disable user or computer policy settings in a Local Group Policy object

  1. Open Microsoft Management Console.

  2. Click File and then click Add/Remove Snap-in .

  3. In the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box, in the Available Snap-ins list box, click Group Policy Object Editor , and then click Add .

  4. In the Select Group Policy Object dialog box, click Browse .

  5. To specify Local Computer Policy, click OK and then click Finish . Proceed to Step 7.

  6. To specify Local Computer Policy for users or groups, click the Users tab, and select from the following Local Group Policy objects:

    • Administrators : Predefined Local Group Policy that applies to users included in the Administrators group.

    • Non-Administrators : Predefined Local Group Policy that applies to users not included in the Administrators group.

    • User-Specific : Local Group Policy objects associated with a specific local user account.

  7. Right-click the name of the Local Group Policy object, and then click Properties .

  8. Click Disable Computer Configuration settings or Disable User Configuration settings .

  9. Click OK , and then close Microsoft Management Console.

Additional considerations

  • Local Computer Policy allows you to disable both computer and user configurations. Administrators, Non-Administrators, and User-Specific Local Group Policies allow you to disable only the user configuration.

  • Local Group Policy Editor and the Resultant Set of Policy snap-in are available in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise. For more information, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=139815.

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