The Group Policy Editor is a useful tool for making system-wide changes on PCs running Windows 11 Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions. You may have used this tool to configure various advanced system settings that are not available in the Settings app or Control Panel.
However, changing too many policies carelessly can break some functionality or cause Windows to behave strangely. Luckily, you can always reset Local Group Policy settings and get back to normal. In this article, we will show you how to reset Local Group Policy settings on your Windows 11 computer.
Since Group Policy settings contain important settings for Windows, it’s a good idea to create a system restore point before making the changes below.
1. Reset Local Group Policy Settings Using Group Policy Editor
All of your local group policies are set to the “Not configured” state. One way to reset your computer’s Group Policy settings is to use the Group Policy Editor and individually revert all policies to “Not Configured”. This way you can also leave some of your important policies unchanged.
Follow these steps to reset Local Group Policy settings using the Group Policy Editor.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
2nd step: Type gpedit.msc in the text box and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 3: In the Local Group Policy Editor window, use the left pane to navigate to the following folder.
Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesAll Settings
Step 4: In the All Settings folder, you will find the policies that apply to the local computer. Click the Status column header in the right pane to view the policies you have modified.
Step 5: Double-click any policy set to the Enabled or Disabled state.
Step 6: Select the Not configured option in the next window. Then click Apply followed by OK to save the changes.
Repeat the previous step for each policy you want to reset.
Step 7: After you reset computer configuration policies, you can reset user configuration policies. To do this, go to the following folder using the left pane.
User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesAll Settings
Step 8: In the All Settings folder, click the Status column header in the right pane to sort your policies by their current status.
Step 9: Check all your modified policies one by one and set them to Not Configured status.
After completing the above steps, restart your PC to apply the changes.
2. Reset Local Group Policy Settings Using Command Prompt
Although the Group Policy Editor makes it easy to reset policy settings, it is not the most efficient way if you want to reset all Group Policy settings. This is where the command prompt comes in. You can run a few commands in the Command Prompt window to reset all your Group Policy settings.
To reset Local Group Policy settings using the command prompt, follow these steps.
Step 1: Right-click the Start icon on the taskbar or press Windows key + X to open the Power User menu. Select Terminal (Admin) from the list.
2nd step: Select Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears.
Step 3: In the console, paste the following command and press Enter to reset all GPOs at once.
RD /S /Q "%WinDir%System32GroupPolicyUsers" && RD /S /Q "%WinDir%System32GroupPolicy"
This command will delete folders that store Group Policy settings on your PC, thereby resetting all policies.
Step 4: Finally, type or copy and paste the following command and press Enter. It will update the changes in the local Group Policy console.
It should do it. After running the above command, you should see a message that the policy update is complete. Then all Windows 11 group policies will be reset to their default values. It should be noted that this process does not affect the Local Security Policy section, which contains the local computer’s security settings.
Resetting your Local Group Policy settings can be beneficial if you experience unusual system behavior. Luckily, Windows 11 makes it easy to reset Local Group Policy settings. You can use any of the methods listed above to achieve this. You can also use the methods mentioned above to reset Group Policy settings on PCs running Windows 10.