alter registry through group policy

Posted on 2011-10-24
Last Modified: 2012-06-27

Everytime my users click in explorer, a new window is opened. The registry key that's responsible for doing that is :


Where can I put this alteration in group policy ?
is it under Computer of user? is it gpo? or is it a gppreference ?

Our DC is W 2008 R2

Thanks for helping out

Kind regards,
Question by:KOV_VZW
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    Expert Comment

    Use a registry export of the registry key and save it in a location on AD server

    Create a GPO to Computer level

    From GPO, go to Computer -> startup script doing something like "regedit / s myReg.reg" to import it
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    Expert Comment

    by:Krzysztof Pytko
    I would recommend for that Group Policy Preferences (GPP)
    You can simply set up there registry key to modify (update)

    More about that you will find in this guide at

    If you have Windows 7 cleints then you don't have to do anything more. But in case that you have XP clients, you need to download and install Client Side Extension (CSE) on them to apply this GPO

    CSE can be downloaded from


    Author Comment


    I'll get back at you. I first want to try the GPP side of the story.


    I've allready been testing a bit with GPP and the problem is that it only works on newly created accounts. Even when I restart the computer, the setting is not altered. I assume the GPP is set on Computer, and not in user ?

    Kind regards
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    Accepted Solution

    HKCU modifies user registry settings, so it's should be used under User Configuration -> Preferences
    Please make sure that you use an option "Update/Modify/Alter" than "Create" for registry settings


    Author Comment

    Didn't forget 'bout this. Just had some other things with grater priority
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    Expert Comment

    by:Krzysztof Pytko
    No problem, don't hurry up :)
    Just let me know if you wish more help


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