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Delete a Group Policy Object

Updated: April 17, 2012

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

To delete a GPO

  1. In the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) console tree, double-click Group Policy Objects in the forest and domain containing the Group Policy object (GPO) that you want to delete.

  2. Right-click the GPO, and then click Delete .

  3. When prompted to confirm the deletion, click OK .

Additional considerations

  • To delete a GPO, you must have Edit Settings, Delete, and Modify Security permissions for the GPO.

  • When you delete a GPO, GPMC attempts to delete all links to that GPO in the domain of the GPO. If you do not have rights to delete a link, the GPO will be deleted, but the link will remain. Links from other domains and sites are not deleted. The link to a deleted GPO appears in GPMC as Not Found . To delete Not Found links, you must have permission on the site, domain, or organizational unit containing the link.

  • You cannot delete the Default Domain Controllers Policy GPO or the Default Domain Policy GPO.

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