An introduction to the Group Policy Editor in Windows XP Professional Edition Part III

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Group Policy Editor: console tree structure

Computer Configuration

User Configuration


Group Policy Editor: console tree structure

The default Group Policy window has two main trees: Computer Configuration and User Configuration. In a computer not joined to a domain, only the Local Computer Policy GPO snap-in is loaded and some settings e.g. folder redirection is not available.

Windows XP has over 600 policy settings, over 200 more than those in Windows 2000. Some of the settings will be explained further elsewhere  with some of the corresponding registry keys. Many settings are found in both computer and user configurations and if set in both the Computer Configuration setting would override the User's.


Group Policy, Computer Configuration

Figure one shows all the trees expanded for the Local Computer Policy, Computer Configuration.

Group Policy: Computer Configuration

Fig. 1. Group Policy: Computer Configuration


Group Policy, User Configuration:

Figure two shows all the tree expanded for User Configuration.

Group Policy: User Configuration

Fig. 2. Group Policy: User Configuration.




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Last updated 12 Feb 2004