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Group policy error: Failed to open group policy object on this computer.

    Question

  • Hi all,

    I received this message when i tried to look at the local group policy setting on one of my machines (Windows XP SP3), which is joined in my domain.

    "Failed to open group policy object on this computer. You may not have appropriate rights.

    Details:

    Unspecified error."

    note that I am local admin.

    It's all started when I was troublshooting WSUS connectivity and i looked at the WinsdowsUpdate.log, the WSUS server was <Null> & WSUS status server <Null>, I tried to force the domain GP by using GPupdate /force, it went fine and asked to log off, but nothing changed in the WindowsUpdate.log still <Null>. Then i tried to look at the local policy setting.

    I searched the internet nothing related to my case.

    Thanks in advance for advising.

    Mohammed Adel

    Thursday, May 20, 2010 11:33 AM

Answers

  • I guess reinstall windows is the solution, I also found one log "event id 1096", related to "registry.pol" it was corrupted.

    Regards,

    Mohammed Adel

    Sunday, May 23, 2010 6:19 AM

All replies

  • I guess reinstall windows is the solution, I also found one log "event id 1096", related to "registry.pol" it was corrupted.

    Regards,

    Mohammed Adel

    Sunday, May 23, 2010 6:19 AM
  • I just had this happen to me and I fixed it by deleting the contents of the c:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine folder.
    • Edited by anonymiss1 Wednesday, November 02, 2011 7:33 PM
    • Proposed as answer by AbhiD Tuesday, November 20, 2012 6:07 PM
    Thursday, August 18, 2011 5:03 PM
  • Thanks for sharing your knowlodge, sure I will give it a try next time.

    Regards,

    Mohammed Adel

    Saturday, August 20, 2011 6:51 PM
  • Bravo anonymiss1

    Millimeter Perfect. It works beautifully. Thanks for saving my time.

    .abhi


    • Edited by AbhiD Tuesday, November 20, 2012 6:09 PM Name mistake
    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 6:07 PM
  • Please note that the GroupPolicy folder is a hidden folder so you will have to show hidden folders and protected system files.

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:56 AM
  • Thank You!!!
    Sunday, March 09, 2014 3:45 PM
  • Thanks Sayed,

    Worked perfectly...

    Friday, April 11, 2014 12:42 PM