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Will deleted Group Policy revert a registry change?

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  • We currently have an old user policy that changes the default file explorer location from Quick Access to This PC through changing the key value in the registry (1 or 2). Were this policy to be deleted, will the registry value revert back to default or will it remain at the value that it was set to by the GP? That is to say, will users revert back to Quick Access when they login or will the This PC preference persist?

    Thank you for your insight!

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:56 PM

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  • > Were this policy to be deleted, will the registry value revert back to default or will it remain at the value that it was set to by the GP?
     
    There are 3 distinct cases for registry values...
     
    1. The value is written via Administrative Templates, and it uses one of 4 paths:
    [HKLM|HKCU]\Software\Policies
    [HKLM|HKCU]\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
     
    In this scenario, the value will vanish if the policy is not configured or deleted.
     
    2. The value is written via Administrative Templates, and it does NOT use one of the above paths:
     
    In this scenario, the value will persist if the policy is not configured or deleted.
     
    (Within Administrative templates, you can recognize if it is scenario 1 or scenario 2 by looking at the icons for each setting. Scenario 2 will show a down arrow.)
     
    3. The value is written via Group Policy Preferences Registry:
     
    In this scenario, it depends on the "common: Remove this item if it is no longer applied" checkbox. If this box is checked, it will vanish. If not, then not :)
     
    • Proposed as answer by DonPick Monday, April 24, 2017 7:45 AM
    Friday, April 21, 2017 10:10 AM
  • Hi,
    If your GPO is configured with group policy preference, the preference has tattoo feature, when a GPO goes out of scope, the preference value will remain in the registry. In this case, you could configure another preference setting with registry item to revert registry value into default.
    Please see details from: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/grouppolicy/2008/03/04/gp-policy-vs-preference-vs-gp-preferences/
    Best regards, 
    Wendy

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