Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with the Local Group Policy Editor, part of Windows 10 Administration.
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- In this section, we're going to talk about using the local group policy editor to make changes to the group policy to administer Windows 10. Off the start menu I'll just start typing group policy and the first thing it brings up is edit group policy if I click on that it will bring up a window called local group policy editor. One of the first things we see is two major sections, computer configuration and user configuration.
And underneath each one of those we have software settings, window settings, and administrative templates. There are dozens or hundreds or sometimes thousands of settings in each of these categories. Administrative templates seems to be one of the more interesting ones. So under user configuration I'm going to open up administrative templates, and I'm going to open up desktop and I'll highlight desktop, and we can see the various settings.
I'll click on the settings column and that will sort them alphabetically. There's various settings here, one of the interesting ones about half way down is remove the my documents icon on the desktop. Which is odd because Windows 10 does not have a my documents icon. When we click on this particular policy we get some help that comes up on the left hand side and one of the things it says is this is a policy for Windows server 2003 XP and 2000 only.
In other words, it does not apply to Windows 10. I would prefer to only see the particular policies that do apply to Windows 10 and this interface does allow us to create a filter that will accomplish just that. So off of the action menu, I'll go to filter options. And in here we can filter by a few different things. We can filter just for policies that are configured or not configured, just for ones that have comments or not comments.
We can also filter by a particular keyword. But that's not what I'm looking to do. What I'm interested in is the bottom section, enable requirements filters. And I am looking for Windows 10. So if we scroll through here we'll see Windows 10, it does appear twice, I'm not exactly sure why it appears twice I'll go ahead and click on both of them because I want to filter by Windows 10.
Then I'll hit okay and I'll hit the filter icon, you'll notice now all of the folders have a little filter icon next to them. I'll go back to the desktop area under administrative templates and we'll notice we have about half as many options as we did before. So it has removed all options that don't apply to Windows 10. Just to do a quick demonstration of setting one of these things, I'll double click on remove the recycle bin icon from the desktop.
It'll pull up an interface where I have the option to enable, disable, or leave this setting not configured, I'm going to enable this so by enabling the remove recycle bin icon, it should remove the icon. If I were to disable the setting, it should cause the icon to reappear. It's a little confusing when some of these policies are phrased in the negative and then if we disable them we basically accomplish a double negative.
We are disabling the removal of recycle bin which would be the same as adding recycle bin. But what I want to do is remove the recycle bin. So I am going to make that enabled. I'll click apply, I'll click okay, and I'll close out of local group policy editor. And we see that the recycle bin is still on my desktop. And that is because most of the group policy concerning desktop and start menu appearance are only processed during a reboot.
So I am going to need to reboot the computer in order to see the effect of this group policy. So I am going to do that now, I'll see you on the other side of the reboot. I have successfully completed my reboot and we see that the recycle bin icon is gone from my desktop and that is because of the group policy. I'll pull up that interface one more time. It was under user configuration, administrative tools, desktop, the remove recycle bin icon from desktop has been enabled, and therefore we no longer see the recycle bin icon on the desktop.
Our group policy has executed successfully.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10