How to force group policy on Windows without /gpupdate force command

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There are a few ways you can force a Group Policy update on a Windows machine without using the gpupdate command with the /force option:

  1. Restart the computer: This is the most straightforward way to apply Group Policy updates. When you restart a computer, the system applies all pending Group Policy updates.
  2. Use the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC): You can use the GPMC to manually refresh Group Policy settings for a specific Group Policy object (GPO) or all GPOs in a domain. To do this, follow these steps:
  3. Open the GPMC (click Start, type “gpmc.msc”, and press Enter).
  4. In the left pane, expand the domain, and then click Group Policy Objects.
  5. In the right pane, right-click the GPO you want to refresh and select “All Tasks > Update”.
  6. If you want to refresh all GPOs in the domain, right-click Group Policy Objects and select “All Tasks > Update All”.
  7. Use the secedit command: You can use the secedit command to apply Group Policy updates from the command line. To do this, follow these steps:
  8. Open an elevated command prompt (click Start, type “cmd”, right-click “Command Prompt”, and select “Run as administrator”).
  9. Type the following command and press Enter: secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy
  10. Wait for the command to complete.

It’s worth noting that forcing a Group Policy update can cause problems if a GPO is in the process of being edited or if there are conflicts between GPOs. It’s generally a good idea to use caution when forcing Group Policy updates and to test any changes in a staging environment before implementing them in a production environment.

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