Secedit to force GPO changes

Use this command line to trigger group policy application for a local computer or currently logged on user.

To trigger group policy application for the local computer, type the following line at a command prompt:

secedit //refreshpolicy machine_policy

To trigger group policy application for the currently logged on user, type the following line at a command prompt:

secedit //refreshpolicy user_policy

Normally, if the GPOs that define the environment for the user have not changed from the last time group policy was applied, the GPO is skipped and not applied again. In either case, specifying "/ENFORCE" on the command line re-applies the policy, even if the GPOs that apply to the computer or user have not changed. An example of the command line in this case is:

secedit //refreshpolicy machine_policy //enforce

After Windows 2000 has accepted the request, the following text should be displayed to the user:

Group policy propagation from the domain has been initiated for this computer. It may take a few minutes for the propagation to complete and the new policy to take effect. Please check Application Log for errors, if any.

This was first published in April 2001

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