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How To Reset Local Group Policy in Windows 11 [Completely]

It seems that you have misconfigured the group policy settings mistakenly while modified it, due to which you are facing some functionality and usability issues while operating the device.

Before we proceed further, If your device is connected to an Active Directory or a corporate network, then these methods will not apply since the Network Administrator is responsible to control these settings.

So, by the end of this article, you’ll be able to:


Step #1: Search for the “Command Prompt” in the Start menu and run it as an administrator.

command prompt icon in windows 11
Command Prompt (CMD) Icon

Step #2: Type the following command:
RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers” to reset Group Policy User Configurations and then type:
RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy” to reset Group Policy.

Also, you can run both the command at once using the command below:
RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers” && RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy”
Here, && is an operator used to separate both the commands.

reset group policy in windows 11 using command prompt
Command to Reset Group Policy in Windows

Step #3: Type the following command and press the enter key to force update the group policy after committing the changes:
gpupdate /force

update local group policy command after resetting group policy in windows 11
Update Local Group Policy Command

Step #4: Type command: gpupdate /boot to let group policy detect whether or not to restart the device to make changes and configure it properly.

type command to make windows detect whether or not to restart the computer
Windows Decision whether or not to boot the device

NOTE: If you are receiving the message stating “The system cannot find the file specified.”, it means that no changes were made in Local Group Policy on your device and all the group policy settings are already set to default.

error message while updating group policy in windows 11 cmd
Error Message while updating group policy in CMD

These settings will not reset the ‘Local Security Policy’, as it is located in a different directory on Windows.


All the Local Group Policy settings are set to ‘Not Configured’ by default. In the steps below, we’ll simply identify the settings other than default ones that are either set to ‘Enabled’ or ‘Disabled’ and revert them to ‘Not Configured’.

Step #1: Type ‘edit group policy’ in the start menu or press the ‘Windows Key + R’ to open Windows Run, type: gpedit.msc and press the enter key.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step #2: In the group policy editor, navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration/ Administrative Templates/ All Settings

reset all settings in group policy in windows 11
All Settings in Group Policy Editor

Step #3: Click the ‘State’ Column/Section to sort settings by their active category – ‘Enabled’, ‘Disabled’, and ‘Not Configured’ and you’ll see the Enabled and Disabled settings arranged at the top of the list.

click the state button to sort the items by category - enabled, disabled, or not-configured
Click the ‘State’ button to sort settings by Category

Step #4: Now, double click the settings with ‘Enabled’ and ‘Disabled’ state, select the ‘Not Configured’ option and press the ‘Apply’ button.

set the all the settings to not-configured in local group policy in windows 11
Change Setting to Not Configured

Step #5: Open the command prompt and type the following command and press the enter key to force update the group policy after committing the changes:
gpupdate /force

update local group policy command after resetting group policy in windows 11
Update Local Group Policy Command

Step #6: Type command: gpupdate /boot to let group policy detect whether or not to restart the device to make changes and configure it properly.

type command to make windows detect whether or not to restart the computer
Windows Decision whether or not to boot the device

NOTE: If you are not viewing the sorted list after clicking the ‘Status’ option, it means that no changes were made in Local Group Policy on your device and all the group policy settings are already set to default.


How do I refresh Group Policy in Windows 11?

Once you type the command: gpupdate /force, press the enter key, and restart your device, the group policy will be refreshed in your version of Windows. The group policy is refreshed automatically once you boot your device. In addition, it gets refreshed periodically.

How often does a computer refresh Group Policy?

As per Microsoft, group policy is automatically updated after every restart and refreshed after every 90 minutes with a randomized offset of up to 30 minutes.


Conclusion

In this article, we’ve addressed the following methods and steps to reset group policy to default in Windows 11:

Method #1: Reset Group Policy to default using CMD.

Method #2: Reset Group Policy using Group Policy Editor.

You can use any one of the methods which you feel convenient to follow.


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