How do I know our Group Policy Management Editor is up to date?

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This might seem like a really silly question but our Group Policy still is using Windows XP images and design UI so it got me thinking is there a way to check if we are using the latest version of Group Policy?

Our Server is: Windows Server 2016 Standard Version 1607

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The screenshot you posted is of a group policy preference screen.  Group policy preferences didn't even exist in XP.

The MMC tools are always version matched to the OS.  You wouldn't be running an XP tool on win2016. Even the remote tools (RSAT) had specific versions for each OS and you had to download the specific matching version for that OS.

So unless you were manually copying exe and dll's, you have the right version for the OS it is on.
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What system is the group policy management plug ins installed on? That usually brings the policies current to that level if you open and save them AFAIK.
For server 2016 you would need to manage from the server itself, or from a Windows 10 box
If you have custom policies uploaded into the AD shares you might need to look at them and see if they are current.
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Thank you both for your answers! I just wanted to double check. Still a new Network Engineer. Have a great day!
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Not that it matters, but GPP did exist for xp, see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3628
The reason that it looks kind of old is that what Microsoft uses, is in parts still what was built back then for windows 2000 and xp by another company (manage engine), which Microsoft aquired from them later on.
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The download you linked to is for the client side extensions (CSE) , which processes preferences.  That download was made available *after* Microsoft integrated preferences (2008 or so) since XP was still a supported OS at that time. It did not ship with, nor was it available, for XP when XP was a shipping product.

PolicyMaker was the product acquired and was not integrated until 2008. And did not use the CSE you linked to. In fact, when Microsoft bought PolicyMaker, they also released migration tools to migrate from PolicyMaker to Preferences because the format was different enough that they were not directly compatible.

So yes, the GUI shows its PolicyMaker heritage.  But Preferences did not exist in the XP era as I said. That was an accurate statement.
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Just saying that the icons look like xp, because the original product PolicyMaker Standard Edition was released in 2003 for win2k/xp/2003 and that the Microsoft version also existed for xp (it came out for xp the same day in February 2008 when it was released for vista). No, it did not exist on "day 1" when xp was shipping in 2001, not even the DesktopStandard product (not manage engine, thank you) , but still the statement "didn't even exist for xp" teased me to add this, since the original (that had the same functionality) was clearly something pre-vista.

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