There are a few ways you can force a Group Policy update on a Windows machine without using the
gpupdate command with the
- 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.
- 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:
- Open the GPMC (click Start, type “gpmc.msc”, and press Enter).
- In the left pane, expand the domain, and then click Group Policy Objects.
- In the right pane, right-click the GPO you want to refresh and select “All Tasks > Update”.
- If you want to refresh all GPOs in the domain, right-click Group Policy Objects and select “All Tasks > Update All”.
- Use the
seceditcommand: You can use the
seceditcommand to apply Group Policy updates from the command line. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open an elevated command prompt (click Start, type “cmd”, right-click “Command Prompt”, and select “Run as administrator”).
- Type the following command and press Enter:
secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy
- 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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