Windows Search not appearing in Group policy


  • Hi

    I cannot find "Search" under Windows Components in Group Policy

    We are running Windows 2012 R2.

    Any idea why?

    • Edited by Beau Beau Tuesday, December 08, 2015 6:02 AM
    Tuesday, December 08, 2015 6:02 AM


  • Hi,
    It could be that the Windows Search Administrative template - search.admx/search.adml are not included in the "PolicyDefinitions" folder.
    Try to download the latest Administrative Templates for Windows Server 2012 R2 from the link below, then copy the "search.admx" file into "%systemroot%\policyDefinitions" and "search.adml" from "en-us" folder into "%systemroot%\policyDefinitions\en-us":

    If you are using Central Store, then the default location of the templates should be "%systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions" and "%systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions" instead.


    Ethan Hua

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    Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:55 AM