It’s no secret that Windows is well-known for being very customizable. On Windows 10, many customization options are present in the Settings app (and Control Panel), but in fact, when you need to implement more advanced settings, you typically use the Local Group Policy Editor.
Indeed, IT administrators and tech-savvy users have long employed this tool in the professional version of Windows, and it always works fine for them. However, chances are you will change the wrong policy or enable and disable too many policies, which makes your computer end up behaving in an unwanted way. At this point, you will need to reset the Group Policy objects to their default settings in order to fix the problem. And in this how to, we will be showing you how to reset Group Policy objects to their default settings in Windows 10 you have modified.
There are at least 2 methods to reset the Group Policy objects to their default state, which are using Local Group Policy Editor, and using Command Prompt. Have a look.
Note: Before getting started, you will need to back up your system in case something could go wrong during the process.
How to reset all Group Policy objects using Local Group Policy Editor
Step 1: Use the Windows Key + R keyboard shortcut to launch Run prompt.
Step 2: Type in gpedit.msc, and then press Enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 3: On the left side pane of Group Policy Editor window, you need to go to the following path:
Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > All Settings
Step 4: On the right side window, you need to sort the settings by State to bring up only the ones which are Enabled and Disabled.
Step 5: You are now required to change their state from Enabled/Disabled to Not configured. Note that, you have to do this one by one.
Step 6: Hit OK.
If you have also implemented settings under User Configuration, you need to repeat the above-mentioned steps, but to head to the All Settings, use the following path:
Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > All Settings
How to reset all Group Policy objects using Command Prompt
The first method seems to be simple and safe, but it’s not really effective in case you have implemented a bunch of settings. If you find yourself in this situation, you should use Command Prompt to quickly reset all Group Policy objects to their default state.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + X on your keyboard to bring up the Power User menu and choose Command Prompt (admin).
Step 2: Enter the following two commands in the prompt window and the hit Enter on each line.
RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers”
RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy”
Step 3: You are required to reboot your computer or force the update by typing in the following command to complete the task: gpupdate /force.
That’s all about how to reset all Local Group Policy settings on Windows 10. It’s worth noting that if your computer is running on Windows 10 Home, you won’t be able to access the Local Group Policy Editor, since it’s only available on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education.
As always, if you face any issues with these methods, let us know in the comments section below.