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Use the view provided by Administrative Templates

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To use the view provided by Administrative Templates

  1. Open Group Policy Object Editor.

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


    • Group Policy object/Computer Configuration (or User Configuration)/Administrative Templates/policy folder

  3. At the bottom of the details pane, click the Extended tab.

  4. In the Setting column, click the name or icon for a setting to read a description of the setting.

  5. To change that setting from its default (not configured) state, double-click the name or icon for the setting.

  6. On the Setting tab, click one of the buttons described in the following table.


    Button Result

    Not Configured

    The registry is not modified.


    The registry reflects that the policy setting is selected.


    The registry reflects that the policy setting is not selected.

  7. Select any other available options that you want on the Setting tab, and then click OK.

  8. To view and set other settings in the current folder, click Previous Setting or Next Setting.


  • To complete this procedure, you must be logged on as a member of the Domain Administrators security group, the Enterprise Administrators security group, or the Group Policy Creator Owners security group.

  • To open Group Policy Object Editor, see Related Topics.

  • In Group Policy Object 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. Application authors can disregard that convention, however, and if they do, Group Policy cannot enforce it.

  • The Extended tab feature displays the text that explains the policy setting and indicates which versions of Windows are supported as clients for the setting. If you prefer a view of the policy setting without the explanatory text, click the Standard tab.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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