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How To Backup and Restore Local Group Policy in Windows 11


It appears that you frequently change the settings of your computer while also maintaining it, which is presumably why you want to keep a group policy backup in Windows 11.

how to restore and backup group policy in windows 11

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Local Group Policy Editor is used to configure and change Group Policy settings within Group Policy Objects (GPOs). Throughout a distributed system, system administrators in organizations are able to easily alter Group Policy settings for many users and devices.

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

  • Backup Group Policy in Windows 11 with Group Policy Folder.
  • Export Group Policy Backup in .TXT and .CSV File Format.

Step #1: Navigate to the following file path:
This PC/Local Disk (C:)/Windows/System32/GroupPolicy

If you have This PC hidden on your version of Windows, you can use file explorer alternatively or you can unhide This PC in Windows 11.

navigate to group policy from the main local disk drive to group policy folder in windows 11
Group Policy Folder

Step #2: Copy all the folders and files – Machine, and User Folder along with gpt.ini file.

copy the files and folders in group policy folder
Copy Files

Step #3: Choose the file path/location where you want to save Local Group Policy Backup.

You can back up the file on another drive of your device or use external hardware such as a pen drive or hard drive.

backup group policy in windows 11
Backup Folder

The group policy backup file will be saved to the chosen file location/destination.


Step #1: Copy the backed-up files from the Backup Folder.

Step #2: Paste the backed-up files to the following path/location on your device:
This PC/Local Disk (C:)/Windows/System32/GroupPolicy and replace the existing folders.

Step #3: Restart your device to make changes take effect.


This method can be used to review your device’s current local policy settings collectively in .txt and .csv file format accessed using Text Document and MsExcel respectively.

Step #1: Search for “Edit Group Policy” in the Start Menu and press the enter key to run it.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step #2: Click the Action button on the top menu and select the ‘Export List’ option from the dropdown menu. The ‘Export List’ panel will appear in form of a popup.

click action button and choose export
‘Export List’ option

Step #3: Choose the desired file name and choose the file path/location where you want to save Local Group Policy Backup.

choose file location or path along with file name
File Name and Path

Step #4: Choose the File Type from the dropdown menu. You can save Group Policy in four available file types/formats as follows.

  • Text (Tab Delimited) (*.txt) – Saving file in a text file format comprising of tabs that divide information with one record per line is called a tab-delimited text file.
  • Text (Comma Delimited) (*.csv) – A comma separated values file is a text file with values distinguished by using commas.
  • Unicode Text (Tab Delimited) (*.txt) – Saving file in Unicode File Format with values separated line by line.
  • Unicode Text (Comma Delimited) (*.csv) – Saving file in Unicode File Format with values separated by using Commas.

The ‘.txt files’ include the Text Documents, and ‘.csv files’ include Excel Spreadsheets.

choose file format to save group policy backup file
Desired File Format

Step #5: Once you choose the desired and compatible settings, press the ‘Save’ button.

saving the group policy backup file by pressing ok button
Save the Group Policy Backup

The group policy backup in .txt and .csv file format will be saved to the chosen file location/destination and can be accessed using Text Document and MsExcel respectively


How do I copy group policy to another computer?

Copy the files from “This PC/Local Disk (C:)/Windows/System32/GroupPolicy” (without inverted commas) folder and transfer it into another computer in the same folder that is This PC/Local Disk (C:)/Windows/System32/GroupPolicy, using an external drive.


Conclusion

We’ve explained how to backup Group Policy in Windows 11 with the built-in Local Group Policy Editor App.

A corrupted Local Group Policy can result in unexpected failures and functionality complications and overall system instability.

If you are facing functionality and usability issues continuously, then you should back up your files and try using System Recovery to the previous working state.


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