Reset All Local Group Policy Settings at once in Windows 10

Local Group Policy is a special administrative tool which comes with certain editions of Windows 10. It is implemented as a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, which provides a graphical user interface for various tweaks (policies) available in the operating system. In this article, we will see how to reset all policies at once in Windows 10.

Local Group Policy editor can be launched by typing gpedit.msc in the Run dialog.
Windows 10 run gpeditWindows 10 group policy

However, home editions of Windows 10 come without this useful tool. It is available only in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

Some day, you might want to reset the group policy settings you have configured in Windows 10. It is a very long process to do it one by one if you have changed many settings. There is a way to quickly reset all Local Group Policy Editor settings back to the defaults. Here is how it can be done.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type the following command:
    rd /s /q "%windir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"

    This will reset all the user policies.

  3. Now, type the following command:
    rd /s /q "%windir%\System32\GroupPolicy"

    This will reset all policies listed in the Computer Configuration and User Configuration in Local Group Policy.

  4. The last thing you need to do is notify Windows 10 that Group Policy settings need to be re-applied. This can be done with the following command:
    gpupdate /force

See the following screenshot:reset-local-group-policy-settings-in-windows-10

Now, reboot your Windows 10 PC and you are done.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer 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.

3 thoughts on “Reset All Local Group Policy Settings at once in Windows 10”

      1. I tried, no luck but I am using Policy Plus on Windows 10 HOME so… Well we know the restrictions/limitations. Thank you for the response!

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