Group Policy Client service RRS feed

  • Question

  • As per article : https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askds/2015/04/17/a-treatise-on-group-policy-troubleshootingnow-with-gpsvc-log-analysis/


    Overview of Group Policy Client Service (GPSVC)

    • One of the major changes that came with Windows Vista and later operating systems is the new Group Policy Client service. Earlier operating systems used the WinLogon service to apply Group Policy. However, the new Group Policy Client service improves the overall stability of the Group Policy infrastructure and the operating system by isolating it from the WinLogon process.
    • The service is responsible for applying settings configured by administrators to computers and users through the Group Policy component. If the service is stopped or disabled, the settings will not be applied, so applications and components will not be manageable through Group Policy. Please keep in mind that, to increased security, users cannot start or stop the Group Policy Client service. In the Services snap-in, the options to start, stop, pause, and resume the Group Policy client are unavailable.
    • Finally, any components or applications that depend on the Group Policy component will not be functional if the service is stopped or disabled.

    Note: The important thing to remember is that the Group Policy Client is a service running on every OS since Vista and is responsible for applying GPOs. The process itself will run under a svchost instance, which you can check by using the “tasklist /svc” command line.


    ++ But when i check in windows 10 1703 the service is set to startup type automatic and is in stopped state. was there any change in behaviour on windows 10 1703, dont have windows 8  to check if that is the same behaviour. Any help appreciated.

    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 11:34 AM


  • Found the answer in the next line. 

    One final point: Since the startup value for the service is Automatic (Trigger Start), you may not always see it in the list of running services. It will start, perform its actions, and then stop.

    • Marked as answer by Rana.b Wednesday, November 1, 2017 11:36 AM
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 11:36 AM