Exporting/Importing Group Policies.

Q: Is there a way to export my GPEdit.msc configuration into a format so i can import the same restrictions onto another computer?

Background: I have remote computers that i am setting up on Windows 7. These computers are NOT on a domain.  They are running Windows 7 Pro 32bit.   I have 2 user accounts, 1 administrative and 1 guest.  I need to lock the guest account down to where all they can see is internet explorer, office 2007 (excel, word, PowerPoint, and presentation) and adobe.  I know how to go through the start menu and lock stuff out and even in the GPEdit.msc.  That isn’t the problem.  The problem is the amount of time it takes to lock everything out. I would rather not use a 3rd party application like "Deepfreeze", "Faronics" or even "Steady State".  
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I believe you should be able to copy the files from a configured machine to a unconfigured machine and then log in and out for the changes to apply.

The files are house at C:\WINDOWS\system32\GroupPolicy

If you don't see them you may need to show hidden files and folders.
evolutionmsAuthor Commented:
I have a c:\windows\system32\grouppolicy\machine\ and a user\ but there isnt anything in them.  I have a gpt .ini but again when i click on edit, there is not valid information in it.  I also have a c:\windows\system32\grouppolicyuser\ and i have many options in here.  
So which file are you talking about?
My apologies, but I believe you will need to configure the settings on a computer and then copy the contents before the machine is logged out and back in or restarted.  You will notice that it populates both folders with Computer settings in GPedit.msc corresponding to the Machine Folder and User Config corresponding to the User folder.

If you do not copy these before you log out or reboot the settings will be applied via the scripts created and you will need to do so again.  So you are going ot have to suffer through creating the policies at least one more time with this solution, but hopefully it still helps.


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evolutionmsAuthor Commented:
Ok, well i will try this first thing tomorrow.
I will let you know.
Copying the registry.pol did work in xp
Don't know about win7 but worth a try

evolutionmsAuthor Commented:
I am still a little unclear on the solution.  I already have my 2 users created, should start over?  I would like to copy the group policy before I go through and make all my changes, just as a backup, but i dont know exactly what file to copy or what folder to go in.
Can you give me a little bit more instructions please?
Thanks so much
Ramona A.
evolutionmsAuthor Commented:
I didnt fully understand the answer so it took sometime to figure out what they were suggesting
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