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Group Policy for Disabling Hardware Acceleration

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Hi,

      I need to disable hardware acceleration for microsoft office applications via group policy for all the users within our domain. We are running AD on server 2003 and I can't seem to find anywhere to make this change nor can make registry edits using GPO. Is there a script that needs to be run or some other way to do this? I was able to change the setting on my local registry by going to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Graphics and creating "DisableHardwareAcceleration" with a DWORD value of 1. Now I just need to do this for about 30 other users!

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Actuallly, there is a setting in Group Policy you can use to disable hardware acceleration for all Office apps.

You need to load up the office1x.adm file in Group Policy first then go to User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesMicrosoft Office 201xMiscellaneous > Enable the Do not use hardware graphics acceleration setting.

Do you only have 2003 DCs in your environment, and are you trying to do this for Office 2013? If so, you will need to look at using a Windows 7 machine to manage these policies as Office 2013 policies only come in the newer ADMX format which 2003 is unable to use for Group Policy.
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Yes, we only have 2003 DCs but I am not sure what you mean by manage policies with Windows 7. I understand that 2003 does not support the newer ADMX format but how can I manage all user's group policy from a non domain controller machine?

Also, you mention adding office1x.adm in group policy. What folder should it be put in? I am guessing C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\User.

Thanks for the reply!
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You can use the Group Policy Management Console on Windows 7 machines when you install the Remote Server Administration Tools (or RSAT for short). Download link for RSAT can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7887

Once you've installed RSAT, you'll need to enable GPMC. See the Important section underneath Group Policy Management Console in this link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows7/group-policy-management-for-it-pros

It doesn't really matter where you store the Office ADMX files, as long as you place them in a folder that doesn't easily get deleted.
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That's really great. Thank you for your help!
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