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I am running windows 7 pro. I have a handful of managed software packages being deployed via GP. they work fine with XP. With win 7 though some of the java installs failed. if I uninstall the previous java installation the new one will not attempt to install...even if I delete the correct key from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy\AppMgmt

the only way I can get the package to reinstall is to either redeploy to all computers (don't want to do that)...or if I add a new package to the list of deployed software packages, then the workstation senses it and reinstalls any packages it needs, but it wont try otherwise...why wont deleting this reg key work for me? how can I get the package to simply reinstall on a few computers?
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by:Will Szymkowski
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You could setup an additional OU with the software package GPO applied to it, move the handful of machines to this OU and the re-distribute.

Using Software Distribution with Native Group Policy is not a good idea IMO. Personally if you are going to distribute software using GPO I would recommend using a batch/script call from a network share where the install files are located. This way the Users get the application installed and it is not dependent on the GPO where it came from. That way if an install fails you can simply remove it from the local machine and re-run the GPO to that individual machine without affecting others.

If you have funds the preferred method to distribute software is SCCM which has much more flexability and you can also target individual machines.

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Unjoin/rejoin the pc from the domain and all software distributed apps will reinstall.
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The following link has a good suggestion: On a test workstation try to uninstall the software via command line using MSIEXEC...

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/0ff78de5-b0f3-4edf-a9fc-ff001c1818d4/manually-uninstall-packages-installed-by-group-policy?forum=winserverGP
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the problem with these suggestions is they are very time consuming even if there are only 10 or so out of 200...I have to go do this manually on those computers....no way to automate this using policy or deleting a reg key using policy so all I do is remotely reboot the pc?
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You could automate the msiexe uninstall using a script....

Check out the following link as a suggestion of what I am referring to..

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/forefront/en-US/e8f9c7fc-2c41-49cc-98a9-c00dfff30af3/uninstall-script?forum=Forefrontclientgeneral
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seems like no great solution but this might be the easiest...
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