Updating a registry key using GPO.

Posted on 2009-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-06

I am trying to push a registry update in our environment but I am having a hard time getting GPO to update a registry key that has been created.

Using the Group Policy Management Editor, going into:

Computer Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Regsitry: I was able to create the 4 registry settings that I needed..

Now, I need to update one of these keys, so I went in and edited the registry key, and changed the action to "replace" (as per definition, it should update the key, and if it does not exist it should create it, I have also tried the update action).

However, on the end PCs, I am not seeing the change; the key has the old value.

I have tried to run gpupdate /force to force the update (and rebooting the PC) and this did not work. The computer is under the correct OU on which the policy is applied.

Am I missing a step here? Any help is appreciated.
Question by:warba
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    Expert Comment


    first of all try to run Group Policy Results wizard to see, if your setting is being properly delivered to the client.
    When you will have the report generated, you might see the setting to be delivered correctly, but check also the Events tab - it might happen that you will find some error related to the setting processing by the client.

    Otherwise I think you did everything correctly, but in some cases you need to reboot twice to get the change working.
    Please report back what did you find in the GP Results.
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    Author Comment

    After running the "Group Policy Results" wizard, it runs successfully however I cannot find anything related to the registry update. It is almost like that setting/change is not affective.

    Any idea?
    LVL 13

    Expert Comment

    Well I guess it means you defined in incorrect GPO. Make sure this GPO is linked to the OU where the computer account resides.
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    Accepted Solution

    The issue was that it took a very long time for the GPO to update across all of our computers, some have the new entry and others do not.

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