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Disabling Group Policy Controls

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#1 Web


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Posted 28 February 2007 - 02:08 AM

I have an HP Pavilion dv4000 running XP. I purchased it used, (No OS or hardware disks) and it was apparently used on a rather large network. I have no need for any of the networking features and basically they simply get in the way most of the time. Group Policy Controls are constantly preventing me from performing one tweak or another or when I do figure a way around them they simply undo my doing. I have googled the problem and every response has to do with creating a subkey and values in the registry, etc. I am not a novice however I'm far from performing computer brain surgery. Can anyone suggest the best and "safest" way to remove or at least disable this thorn? Thanks greatly.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 09:11 AM

I don't think you can disable it, and if you could it wouldn't do any good as all the policy controls are set by the GPE making changes to the Registry. Those changes/restrictions would remain in place even after disabling or removing the GPE.

What you need to do is log on using the 'Administrator' account, open the GPE console and reverse any restrictions that aren't to your liking.

If the 'Administrator' account was password protected by the original owner (a strong possibility on a corporate PC) that's another issue beyond the scope of my experience. My own way of dealing with that, and taking into account all the restrictions that annoy you, would be to buy a copy of XP, wipe the existing installation off and start afresh (don't take too long deciding on this course of action though, as retail stocks of XP will become scarcer that now that suppliers are pushing Vista.

Editing the GPE restrictions is dealt with here:

Edited by pip22, 28 February 2007 - 09:19 AM.

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