Apply Group Policy to All Users Except Administrator in Windows 10

It is possible to apply Group Policy options to all users and groups except Administrators in Windows 10 using the GUI. If you are running an edition of Windows 10 which comes the Local Group Policy Editor app, you can use it to apply some restrictions and defaults for users of your PC. Here is how.

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Group Policy is a way to configure computer and user settings for devices which are joined to Active Directory Domain Services (AD) as well as local user accounts. It controls a wide range of options and can be used to enforce settings and change the defaults for applicable users. Local Group Policy is a basic version of Group Policy for computers not included in a domain. The Local Group Policy settings are stored in the following folders:
C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy
C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicyUsers.

If you are running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor app to configure the options mentioned above with a GUI.

  1. Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard and type:
    mmc.exe

    Press Enter.Run Mmc

  2. Microsoft Management Console will open. It looks as follows:Mmc In Windows 10
  3. Click on File - Add/Remove Snap-in in the menu.Mmc Add Snap In Menu Windows 10 Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + M on your keyboard. The following window will appear.Add Span In Window
  4. On the left, select Group Policy Object Editor in the list, and click the Add button.Add Span In Lgpo
  5. In the next dialog, click the Browse button.Browse For Group Policy Object
  6. In the next dialog, click on the Users tab and select Non-Administrators from the list  as shown below.Group Policy Apply To Non Administrators
  7. Click on the Finish button.Non Administrators Click Finish
  8. Now, click the OK button. You will return to the main window of MMC.Mmc For Non Administrators
  9. In the main MMC window, click the menu File - Save As and save the snap-in as an MSC file to any location.Group Policy Save Non Administrators

Now, you can double click this file and customize your group policy. All changes will be applied to the users which are not in the Administrators group.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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