Monday, December 24, 2012

Local Group policy editor (Windows 7 (professional/ultimate)/Windows Server 2008/Windows Server 2012)

The Local Group Policy Editor is a powerful tool(unknown to most of the Windows OS users) which allows users to tweak almost every aspect of their PC.Using this tool a user can customize several aspects of his system such as setting password complexities,disabling/enabling features,running scripts at login/logoff and much more than one could imagine.

A Note of Caution

The Local Group Policy Editor is a powerful tool,putting a lock on nearly any of your computer's capabilities.As long as you are careful and don't go flipping virtual switches willy-nilly,you should be able to prevent doing catastrophic damage to your system.It is advisable to create a system restore point before trying out this feature.

How to access??

Go to start menu and run gpedit.msc

This should show you something like this

This is the LGP editor where you can see and change the various policies for your system

What next??

With thousands of settings available in the Group policy editor,it can be a little difficult to try and look around.For most of the OS tweaks the User Configuration has more useful settings than Computer Configuration.Also in the either section,the Administrative Templates subsection is the most useful.It contains all registry based settings which can be easily changed.

To explore different settings,double click on any of these folders and you will find thousands of settings which you would have never thought existed

Most of the settings are self explanatory and can be changed with few clicks.However,a final piece of advice HANDLE WITH CARE

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