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Does a Group Policy change need reboot for sure


I just modified below policy and it doesn't get into effect until we reboot the machine. Does this mean that any changes to Computer Configuration needs a reboot? or is there a doc which clearly indicates which policy change needs reboot and which doesn't.

Computer configuration -> Windows Settings -> Local Policies -> User Rights Assignments -> Log on as a service

We do have "Computer Configuration -> Admin tools -> System -> Logon -> Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" enabled.

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When i run gpupdate /force, it prompts for reboot and logoff and if i say no then it won't apply the policy that i mentioned in my initial post.


You are required to reboot because "gpupdate /force" will attempt to refresh all the Group Policy settings (whether you have changed them or not). If you leave the "force" switch out and run "gpupdate" by itself, then the policy will simply refresh the settings you changed; it shouldn't ask you to restart.
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