We have shown you a lot of tips and tricks here at How-To Geek that require the modification of a Group Policy Object. Over time you may have wondered which Group Policy settings you have edited–so here’s how to figure that out.
Note: This will work on Windows 7 Professional and higher, as well as the Windows 8 Release Preview.
Through a GUI
The easiest way to see which Group Policy settings have been applied to your machine or user account is to use the Resultant Set of Policy Management Console. To open it, press the Win + R keyboard combination to bring up a run box.
Type rsop.msc into the run box and then hit enter.
You will see a pop-up dialog for the small period of time it take Windows to query your system.
Once the console opens you will be able to see which settings have been applied to your PC.
Note: Only settings that have been applied to your machine and user account will show up.
Through the Command Line
You could also use the command line if you prefer it. When using the command line, it should be noted that you have to specify the scope of the results. To find all the policies that are applied to your user account, you would use the following command:
gpresult /Scope User /v
Then if you scroll down, you will see the the Resultant Set Of Policies for User section.
If you are looking for all policies applied to your Computer, all you need to do is change the scope:
gpresult /Scope Computer /v
If you scroll down, now you will now see that there is a Resultant Set Of Policies for Computer section.
If you would like to see which registry settings were modified by these policies, be sure to check out our article explaining group policy registry keys.
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- Published 06/11/12