Reset the Local Group Policy settings in Windows

Local Group Policy is a special tool that comes with some versions of Windows 10 and provides a graphical user interface for various tweaks (policies) available on the operating system. In this article, we will see how you can restore all policies to their original state in Windows 10.

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For those who have not yet visited the Local Group Policy edit console, they can do so by pressing the Win + R keys at the same time, and typing in the execution window that will display gpedit.msc and pressing the OK button.

For information, the Home Edition of Windows 10 does not contain this useful tool. Only available on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education.

The reason to reset the Local Group Policy initial settings may vary from user to user, but the usual thing is that you have hacked a configuration that has misinterpreted the smooth operation of your computer and you do not remember what it was. If you've been hurt by many settings, resetting one to their original state is a very painful process. There is a way to restore them all quickly and simply. See below how you can:

1. Press Win + X at the same time and in the menu that appears, select "Command Line".
2. If you are asked if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device, say Yes.
3. In the command line pane, type the following command:

rd / s / q "% windir% \ System32 \ GroupPolicyUsers"

If you are concerned about the "rs" command, yes, you are right, it will delete all user policies. Do not be afraid, press Enter and move on to the next.
4. Now, type the following command:

rd / s / q "% Windir% \ System32 \ GroupPolicy"

and you understand it, press Enter and you will also delete the policies that refer to the configuration of the computer and the local group. Do it, do not be afraid.

5. Now just let Windows 10 re-download Group Policy settings. This can be done with the following command:

gpupdate / force

See the picture below with all the commands:


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5. Restart Windows 10 and you are ready.

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