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Working with the Administrative Template policy settings using the Local Group Policy Editor



This topic describes how to use the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit) to manage Administrative Template policy settings.

Administrative Templates are registry-based policy settings that appear in the Local Group Policy Editor under the Administrative Templates node of both the Computer and User Configuration nodes. This hierarchy is created when the Local Group Policy Editor reads XML-based Administrative Template files (.admx).

  1. Using the Local Group Policy Editor, open the Local Group Policy object you want to edit.

  2. In the console tree, click the folder under Administrative Templates that contains the policy settings you want to configure.

  3. In the Setting column, click the name for a policy setting to read a description of the policy setting.

  4. To change that policy setting from its current state, double-click the name of the policy setting.

  5. In the policy setting dialog box, click one of the following:

    • Not Configured: The registry is not modified.

    • Enabled: The registry reflects that the policy setting is selected.

    • Disabled: The registry reflects that the policy setting is not selected.

  6. Select any other options that you want, and then click OK.



  • In the Local Group Policy Editor, there are two Administrative Templates branches. Settings for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE are under Computer Configuration, and settings for HKEY_CURRENT_USER are under User Configuration.

  • If computer policy conflicts with user policy, computer policy generally takes precedence. However, if application authors disregard this convention, Group Policy cannot enforce it.

  • Administrative Template policy settings are also known as registry-based policy settings.



The Local Group Policy Editor provides the option to filter Administrative Template policy settings based on:

  • Managed, Configured, or Commented policy settings.

  • Keywords within the title, Help text, or comment of policy settings.

  • Platform or application requirements of policy settings.

Apply filters on Administrative Template policy settings when you want to find a specific policy setting or when you want to limit the number of policy settings displayed in the Local Group Policy Editor.

The Local Group Policy Editor allows you to change the criteria for displaying Administrative Template policy settings. By default, the editor displays all policy settings, including unmanaged policy settings. However, you can use property filters to change how the Local Group Policy Editor displays Administrative Template policy settings.

There are three inclusive property filters that you can use to filter Administrative Templates. These property filters include:

There are two kinds of Administrative Template policy settings: Managed and Unmanaged. The Group Policy Client service governs Managed policy settings and removes a policy setting when it is no longer within scope of the user or computer.

The Group Policy Client service does not govern unmanaged policy settings. These policy settings are persistent. The Group Policy Client service does not remove unmanaged policy settings, even if the policy setting is not within scope of the user or computer. Typically, you use these types of policy settings to configure options for operating system components that are not policy enabled. You can also use unmanaged policy settings for application settings.

The Managed property filter has three states: Any, Yes, and No. Setting this property filter to Any causes the Local Group Policy Editor to display all Administrative Template policy settings. Setting this property filter to Yes causes the editor to show only managed Administrative Template policy settings, hiding all unmanaged Administrative Template policy settings. Setting this property filter to No causes the editor to show only unmanaged Administrative Template policy settings, hiding all managed Administrative Template policy settings.

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. Right-click Administrative Templates located under Computer Configuration\Policies or User Configuration\Policies. Click Filter Options.

  3. In the Managed list, click the appropriate filter.

  4. Click OK to apply the new filter settings, and close the Filter Options dialog box.

You can configure Administrative Template policy settings to one of three states: Not Configured, Enabled, and Disabled. Not Configured is the default state for all policy settings. Policy settings set to Not Configured do not affect users or computers. Enabling an Administrative Template policy setting activates the policy setting. When Enabled, the action described in the title of the policy setting applies to the user or computer. When Disabled, the opposite action described in the title of the policy setting applies to the user or computer. Usually Not Configured and Disabled policy settings produce the same results. The difference is that Not Configured policy settings do not apply to the user, but Disabled policy settings apply to a user.

Each Administrative Template policy setting provides detailed information about its Enabled, Disabled, and Not Configured states. You can view this information in the Help pane of each Administrative Template policy setting. Or, you can view this information for the selected policy setting in the Extended View of the editor.

The Configured property filter has three states: Any, Yes, and No. Setting this property filter to Any causes the Local Group Policy Editor to display all Administrative Template policy settings and is the default setting for this filter. Setting this property filter to Yes causes the editor to show only configured Administrative Template policy settings, hiding not configured policy settings. Setting this property filter to No causes the editor to show only not configured Administrative Template policy settings, hiding configured policy settings.

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. Right-click Administrative Templates located under Computer Configuration\Policies or User Configuration\Policies. Click Filter Options.

  3. In the Configured list, click the appropriate filter.

  4. Click OK to apply the new filter settings, and close the Filter Options dialog box.

Each Administrative Template policy setting has a comment property. The Commented property allows you to enter text associated with a specific policy setting.

The Commented property filter has three states: Any, Yes, and No. Setting this property filter to Any causes the Local Group Policy Editor to display all Administrative Template policy settings and is the default setting for this filter. Setting this proper filter to Yes causes the editor to show only commented Administrative Template policy settings, hiding policy settings without comments. Setting this property filter to No causes the editor to show only Administrative Template policy settings without comments, hiding commented policy settings.

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. Right-click Administrative Templates located under Computer Configuration\Policies or User Configuration\Policies. Click Filter Options.

  3. In the Commented list, click the appropriate filter.

  4. Click OK to apply the new filter settings and close the Filter Options dialog box.



  • Filters are inclusive, so select items you want to display rather than items you want to be removed.

  • Filters do not work with Classic Administrative Templates.



The Local Group Policy Editor allows you to change the criteria for displaying Administrative Template policy settings. By default, the editor displays all policy settings. However, you can use keyword filters to change how the Local Group Policy Editor displays Administrative Template policy settings.

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. Right-click Administrative Templates located under Computer Configuration or User Configuration. Click Filter Options.

  3. Select the Enable Keyword Filters check box.

  4. Type one or more keywords in the Filter for word(s) box, and click the appropriate filter:

    • Any: The filter includes any of the words in the Filter for word(s) box.

    • All: The filter includes all of the words in the Filter for word(s) box.

    • Exact: The filter includes exact matches of the words in the Filter for word(s) box.

  5. Select the appropriate check boxes next to Within.

    • Policy Setting Title: The filter includes searching the title of the policy setting.

    • Help Text: The filter includes searching the Help text of the policy setting.

    • Comment: The filter includes searching the comment of the policy setting

  6. Click OK to apply the new filter settings and close the Filter Options dialog box.



  • Filters are inclusive, so select items you want to display rather than items you want to be removed.

  • Filters do not work with Classic Administrative Templates.



The Local Group Policy Editor allows you to change the criteria for displaying Administrative Template policy settings. By default, the editor displays all policy settings. However, you can use requirement filters to change how the Local Group Policy Editor displays Administrative Template policy settings.

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. Right-click Administrative Templates located under Computer Configuration or User Configuration. Click Filter Options.

  3. Select the Enable Requirements Filters check box.

  4. Type one or more keywords in the Filter for word(s) box.

  5. In the Select the desired platform and application filter(s) list, click the appropriate filter:

    • Include settings that match any of the selected platforms.

    • Include settings that match all of the selected platforms.

      noteNote
      You can click Select All to select all of the items in the list, or you can click Clear All to clear all of the items in the list.

  6. Click OK to apply the new filter settings and close the Filter Options dialog box.



  • Filters are inclusive, so select items you want to display rather than items you want to be removed.

  • Filters do not work with Classic Administrative Templates.



You can include comments on each Administrative Template policy setting. You can use this space to further document the policy setting and why its implementation is important to your environment. Commenting policy settings allows you to use keyword filters to help you quickly find policy settings with matching keywords.

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. In the console tree, click the folder under Administrative Templates that contains the policy setting you want to configure.

  3. In the Setting column, double-click the name for the policy setting.

  4. Type your comments in the Comment box.

  5. Click OK.

Classic Administrative Template files (also known as ADM files) are not authored using XML. Earlier versions of the Local Group Policy Editor displayed these settings under the Administrative Templates node.

The current version of Administrative Template files are authored using XML (known as ADMX files). The Local Group Policy Editor displays these settings under the Administrative Templates node. However, the Local Group Policy Editor still recognizes ADM files and displays these settings under the Classic Administrative Templates node, which is a child node to Administrative Templates.

  1. Using the Local Group Policy Editor, open the Local Group Policy object you want to edit.

  2. In the console tree, under either Computer Configuration or User Configuration, right-click Administrative Templates.

  3. Click Add/Remove Templates.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To add a template, click Add. In the Policy Templates dialog box, click the template you want to add, and then click Open.

    • To remove a template, in the Current Policy Templates list, click the template, and then click Remove.

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