Reset the local GPOs completely by command

In the past, we discussed how you can completely reset local group policies to their original state . However, this was a manual effort , which was a bit cumbersome depending on the amount of GPOs set. You can find the appropriate contribution to this under the link ” Reset local group guidelines completely “.

Today we want to show you that with 2 commands you can achieve the same thing. To do this, you first have to open an MS-DOS command prompt that has administrator rights.

Then the following commands must be issued one after the other.

RD / S / Q “% WinDir% System32 GroupPolicy”


RD / S / Q “% WinDir% System32 GroupPolicyUsers”

We have shown you the entire reset process for the group guidelines below.

Reset GPO completely

These two commands do nothing but delete all files and information from the ” GroupPolicy ” and ” GroupPolicyUsers folders from the Windows System32 folder and thus reset the set group policies to their default value Not configured “.

It is important that you still enter one after issuing these two delete commands

gpupdate / force

so that the reset computer policies and user policies are also applied and that you can see the corresponding changed settings in the local Group Policy Editor.

Note: You can easily understand and try this out by simply setting any group policy on a test system, then issuing the 3 commands and then checking the previously set GPO in the group policy editor. You will see that it has been reset accordingly. Before you do this on a real system, we would definitely recommend that you test this process. We do not guarantee that data will be lost .

If you are interested in other interesting group guidelines, we recommend the following articles here on Windows FAQ.

– Hide or remove pages and options from the Windows 10 Settings app
– Remove CD / DVD burning function from Windows Explorer
– Do not display the trash symbol on the desktop
– Thumbs.DB – Deactivate the image thumbnails in Windows Explorer
– Windows power options for the screen and set standby mode via GPO
– Automatically delete inactive user profiles after a certain number of days
– Delete Windows swap file by security policy on shutdown
– Restrict rights to add Windows clients to the domain
– Only allow local user profiles
– Deactivate animation when Windows 10 is logged on for the first time