Remove Applied Group Policy

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How can I remove applied group policy from a PC which is no longer part of the domain?

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When a PC is taken out of the domain the policy should be recinded.  That said certain parts of the policy can be configured to stay in place on the PC even after the policy is removed.

What part of the GP are you having trouble with?

You could try deleting the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Policies key
Correction: That should have been the HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft key
Barnardos_2LSAuthor Commented:
A GPO change was implemented last night to grey out the Work Offline option in Outlook 2003 to prevent our customers from inadvertently selecting the option. The only change to the existing GPO was to insert an additional command bar ID for disabling. The CC was successful however it produced a strange effect in that other options on the Standard toolbar also appeared grey despite being active and returning to colour when hovered over. Despite being backed out and a new GPO created the issue remains on some PCs.

I thought perhaps the PC was caching the old GPO and a potential fix might be to remove the applied GPO and then reapply?
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"How can I remove applied group policy from a PC which is no longer part of the domain?"

I am a little confused - If the PC is no longer part of the domain it will not pick up group policy changes.

Which OS is the client running?

If XP you can force a group policy refresh by running: gpupdate /force

PS: Was this done with a custom ADM or one of Microsoft's own?
Barnardos_2LSAuthor Commented:
The questions merely gives an indication of what i want to achieve - i.e. remove all applied GPOs so that i can reapply them. This was applied with Microsoft's ADM.
You could try deleting the HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft key and running gpupdate /force again.

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Hello Barnardos_2LS,

You will want to apply a standard security template to the server with the Security Configuration and Analysis tool. This will go back to the default settings when the server is loaded in the case of the SetupSecurity.inf file.

The instructions for doing this are in the following KB article:


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