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Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet for Windows 10 version 2004

In addition to Administrative templates for Windows 10 version 2004, May 2020 Update, Microsoft has released a special reference file in the XLSX format (Microsoft Excel), that allows you to quickly find what is new in Group Policies of the latest Windows 10 release.

For Windows to be successfully configured, Group Policy needs Administrative Templates and an app to set these policies. In Windows, there's the Local Group Policy Editor app and there's Group Policy Management Console for Active Directory Domain Services.

Local Group Policy Editor

The Local Group Policy Editor is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that provides a single user interface through which all the settings of Local Group Policy objects can be managed.

Local Group Policy Editor is not available in certain editions of Windows 10. Only Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition include the Local Group Policy Editor app.

Local Group Policy Editor includes objects that apply to a computer (all users) and users (a specific user account, group, or per-user software software settings). It consists of two parts.

  • Computer Configuration is used to set policies that will be applied to a computer. The change software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates for all users. They typically change Registry keys under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Registry branch and require restarting the computer to make the change to take effect.
  • User Configuration is a set of policies that apply to users. User Configuration comes with options for software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates stored in the per-user Registry branch (HKCU).

Note: Certain options can be configured for both User Configuration and Computer Configuration. Such values can be stored in both HKCU and HKLM Registry branches. When both parameters are set, User Configuration takes precedence over the Computer Configuration value.

Administrative Templates

Administrative Templates are registry-based policy settings that appear in the Local Group Policy Editor under the Administrative Templates node of both the Computer and User Configuration nodes. This hierarchy is created when the Local Group Policy Editor reads XML-based Administrative Template files (.admx).

Download Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 Version 2004

Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet

Microsoft has also released a spreadsheet that lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations that are included in the Administrative template files delivered with for Windows 10 May 2020 Update (2004) . You can configure these policy settings when you edit Group Policy Objects.

The spreadsheet includes 4385 lines, featuring all the policies available in Windows 10 starting from its RTM release, build 10240, to Windows 10 version 2004.

You can download the reference spreadsheet from here:

Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet for Windows 10 May 2020 Update (2004)

Tip: It is possible to find which Local Group Policies are applied 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 see them quickly. See the following article:

How To See Applied Group Policies in Windows 10

Other articles of interest

More Windows 10 version 2004 resources

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