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Gpupdate

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Gpupdate

Refreshes local Group Policy settings and Group Policy settings that are stored in Active Directory, including security settings. This command supersedes the now obsolete /refreshpolicy option for the secedit command.

Syntax

gpupdate [/target:{computer | user}] [/force] [/wait:Value] [/logoff] [/boot]

Parameters
/target:{computer | user}
Processes only the Computer settings or the current User settings. By default, both the computer settings and the user settings are processed.

/force
Ignores all processing optimizations and reapplies all settings.

/wait: Value
Number of seconds that policy processing waits to finish. The default is 600 seconds. 0 equals no wait, and -1 equals wait indefinitely.

/logoff
Logs off after the refresh has completed. This is required for those Group Policy client-side extensions that do not process on a background refresh cycle but that do process when the user logs on, such as user Group Policy Software Installation and Folder Redirection. This option has no effect if there are no extensions called that require the user to log off.

/boot
Restarts the computer after the refresh has completed. This is required for those Group Policy client-side extensions that do not process on a background refresh cycle but that do process when the computer starts up, such as computer Group Policy Software Installation. This option has no effect if there are no extensions called that require the computer to be restarted.

/?
Displays help at the command prompt.

Examples

The following examples show how you can use the gpupdate command:

gpupdate

gpupdate /target:computer

gpupdate /force /wait:100

gpupdate /boot

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