Reverse GPO settings

We had a  number of settings that was being applied to a user via group policy to disable many desktop features such to limit user activity on the computer. We no longer want to do that. I have removed the GPO on the AD server, but when the user logs in he/she still gets the same resections, Can anything be done to reset the local settings? We are now on 2012 DC .
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kulboyCommented:
Group Policy is a complicated infrastructure that enables you to apply policy settings to remotely configure a computer and user experience within a domain. When the Resultant Set of Policy settings does not conform to your expectations, a best practice is to first verify that the computer or user has received the latest policy settings. In previous versions of Windows, this was accomplished by having the user run GPUpdate.exe on their computer.

With Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, you can remotely refresh Group Policy settings for all computers in an organizational unit (OU) from one central location by using the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). Or you can use the Invoke-GPUpdate Windows PowerShell cmdlet to refresh Group Policy for a set of computers, including computers that are not within the OU structure

—for example, if the computers are located in the default computers container.

The remote Group Policy refresh updates all Group Policy settings, including security settings that are set on a group of remote computers, by using the functionality that is added to the context menu for an OU in the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). When you select an OU to remotely refresh the Group Policy settings on all the computers in that OU, the following operations happen:

An Active Directory query returns a list of all computers that belong to that OU.

For each computer that belongs to the selected OU, a WMI call retrieves the list of signed in users.

A remote scheduled task is created to run GPUpdate.exe /force for each signed in user and once for the computer Group Policy refresh. The task is scheduled to run with a random delay of up to 10 minutes to decrease the load on the network traffic. This random delay cannot be configured when you use the GPMC, but you can configure the random delay for the scheduled task or set the scheduled task to run immediately when you use the Invoke-GPUpdate cmdlet.
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compdigit44Commented:
With GP's some settings are not removed / reset after the GP is removed from processing. You sometime need another policy to reverse that last settings

The following article explains GP tattooing further..

https://sdmsoftware.com/gpoguy/whitepapers/understanding-policy-tattooing/
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Once set and applied these setting are set permanently more or less until the opposite setting is applied.

So if you had something enabled and you want to reverse it you can create a new GPO and make the setting disabled. Make sure it is the lowest on the list of GPO's that applies so it will override the enable setting.

This is what I do to reverse the settings.
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netcompAuthor Commented:
I See, The GPO's were deleted . So, I guess there is no way to go back. What I went in and deleted the user profile on local win 7 machine. Then , have the user sing in again, how would that work out, There local data would be safe since the profile is pointing to a server location ( I saw that in the Profile setting in AD) .
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
That is an option.
For future situations do not delete the GPO, but remove the link for the OU.  

They may still exist if you under the group policy object hive in GPMC if you just deleted them from the OU
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netcompAuthor Commented:
Assuming I find the deleted ones , how to I know what I need to put back?. We had no documentation as what was changed in the GPO.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
You would need a backup of the GPO structure.
If you did not run one against your GPO you can restore your DC to a temp server to a point prior to deleting the GPO. That is saying you have a Backup of your DC.
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Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
if you find them, you can evaluate them for OUs one by one through settings tab in Group Policy Management.
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netcompAuthor Commented:
I ended up recreating their profiles, but was able to reset the domain GPO to default.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
I am guessing you did not have backup?
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