What's the need for NTUSER.POL?

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It looks like gpedit creates 2 registry.pol files and a ntuser.pol in every profile.
I understand how the registry.pol files work, but I'm out of idea about ntuser.pol.
Can anyone help me about this?
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Ntuser.pol
An archive file on client computers that is updated each time the Administrative Templates CSE sets a policy setting. As processing completes, an Ntuser.pol containing the history of applied registry based policies in the Group Policy managed policies tree is written to the root of the user’s profile containing user policy settings and to the “all users” profile containing computer policy settings.(%Allusersprofile%\ntuser.pol for computer policy and %userprofile%\ntuser.pol for user policy.)

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Alright. But I'm facing a problem that I cannot seem to understand : I make changes from gpedit, copy the files registry.pol and ntuser.pol where they belong on another computer, then reboot it. From that machine, using gpedit and regedit, I then make sure modifications were taken into account. But I don't get the expected result (that I do get on the first machine). Any idea why?
Thanks
Are both machines similar ( sp2 with all patches ) or is there anything different.
loggin in as admin on both ?
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Identical machines (VM Ware virtual machines), with the same master, logged on with the same account with user rights. SP1 with all critical patches.

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I forgot to mention that if I use gpedit to makes the changes on the second machine, it does works. My problem is only with automatically bringing those changes to another computer.
u mean ur unable to rollout a common group policy ?sorry for the confusion...

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No. We're in workgroup, no AD, and using Novell and NDS. So, if I'm not mistaken, there's no way to to group policies.

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Thanks for your help. I've found the solution : Copy the entire directory and not only registry.pol
Thanks for the points and grade and for that bit of information(Copy the entire directory and not only registry.pol)

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