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:
Reset all Group Policy Settings in Windows 11 with Command Prompt
Step #1: Search for the “Command Prompt” in the Start menu and run it as an administrator.
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.
Step #3: Type the following command and press the enter key to force update the group policy after committing the changes:
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.
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.
These settings will not reset the ‘Local Security Policy’, as it is located in a different directory on Windows.
Reset Group Policy using Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)
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.
Step #2: In the group policy editor, navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration/ Administrative Templates/ All Settings
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.
Step #4: Now, double click the settings with ‘Enabled’ and ‘Disabled’ state, select the ‘Not Configured’ option and press the ‘Apply’ button.
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:
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.
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.
FAQs Related to Resetting Group Policy
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.
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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