How to Reset Group Policy Settings in Windows 10 (Reset GPO)

Windows 10 enables you to reset Group Policy Settings via the Editor or in the Command Prompt. Here’re the steps to reset Group Policy in Windows 10.

In Windows, you are able to customize just about anything you would like. Most changes can be configured via the Settings app. For advanced settings, you need to edit the registry or even the group policy settings. Although the group policy editor is not readily available for Home users, if you’re running Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise, the audience Policy Editor provides an simple to use interface to quickly configure a variety of advanced settings. All you need to do is locate the insurance policy you want to change and either enable or disable it. What’s more, you may also backup group insurance policy for safekeeping in order to apply them on other machines too.

As good as the group policy editor is, there can be instances when you need to reset group policy to the original condition. This is especially true whenever a policy is disturbing normal system operations or when coverage is in conflict. Thankfully, though not in a straightforward way, Windows 10 enables you to restore group policy gpo either at the individual policy level or in general (bulk reset).

In this quick guide, let me show the steps to reset Group Policy gpo in Windows 10.

Reset a Single Group Policy GPO Setting

If you wish to reset a single or individual group policy, just place it to “not configured” and save the alterations. This process is particularly useful if you know what policies to restore and where to find them. Here’re the exact steps how you can do it.

Open the Run dialog box. You do that by pressing the “Start key + R”. Alternatively, you can also look for “Run” within the Start menu.
Type “gpedit.msc” and click the “Ok” button to spread out the Group Policy Editor.
In the group policy editor, discover the policy you want to reset.
Double-click around the policy to spread out its properties.
Select the “Not Configured” option.
Click the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons to save changes.
Close the group policy editor.
Restart Windows 10 to apply the insurance policy changes.

That’s all. After restarting, the modified policy setting will be applied. If you’re wondering, the “Not Configured” option defaults the insurance policy to the original setting. Not Configured doesn’t mean the insurance policy is enabled or disabled but it’s directly managed by Windows itself.

Bulk Reset All Group Policy Settings

When you have multiple group policies to reset, you should use the majority reset method. This is especially useful for those who have a lot of group policy objects to reset. Here’re the steps to bulk reset group policy settings in Windows 10.

Open the Start menu.
Search for “Command Prompt”.
Right-click on the Command Prompt result and select the “Run as administrator” option.
After opening the improved Command Prompt window, execute the command given below.
RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy”
After that, execute this command.
RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers”
Once done, close the Command Prompt window.
Restart Windows 10 use the policy updates.

That is all. It’s that easy to reset group policy settings in Windows.

Important Note:

As with anything, you will find limitations to both methods shown above. Assuming the body is maintained with a system or network administrator, some policies may not reset because of them being managed through the said administrator. In those cases, you need to contact the machine administrator and tell them the policies you need to reset. Whether to reset the policies are not is up to the machine administrator or the organization. There is nothing much that you can do for the reason that situation.