How to Remove the Domain Group Policy From a Machine

By John Williams

A domain group policy is a set of software restrictions that the network administrator creates. The network administrator will specify rules for what users can and cannot do on the computer. Some of these rules include, but are not limited to, password complexity rules and software installation guidelines. Domain group policies help ensure that the network administrator is the only person who can modify computer settings in order to keep all of the company's equipment under one specific standard.

Step 1

Click on "Start," type "regedit" in the search box and press "Enter." Once the registry opens, right-click on "Computer" at the top and select "Export." Depending on how many registry keys you have this may take a few minutes.

Step 2

Save the backup that you created to a removable storage device in the event that you need to access it. Click on "Start," type "regedit" in the search box and press "Enter." Click the arrow next to the primary registry key labeled "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" to expand the registry key.

Step 3

Navigate to the "Software" folder and click on the arrow next to the folder to expand the contents. Click on the arrow next to the "Policies" folder. Scroll down to the "Microsoft" folder under "Policies," click on the folder to highlight the folder and press the "Delete" key on your keyboard.

Step 4

Click on the arrow next to the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" to collapse the folders. Navigate registry key folder labeled "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" and click on the arrow to expand the folder. Locate the "Software" folder and click the arrow to expand it. Double-click the "Policies" folder, click to highlight the folder labeled "Microsoft" and delete the folder.

Step 5

Click the arrow to expand the "Microsoft" folder located in the "Software" folder of the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" registry folder. Click the arrow to expand the "Windows" folder. Double-click the "CurrentVersion" folder to show "Group Policy Objects" and "Policies." Delete both of these folders.

Step 6

Exit the Registry Editor and restart the computer. After the computer restarts, the Domain Group Policy will no longer be in effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not find the exact registry key while going through the registry, move on to the next step.
  • Make sure to create a backup of the registry before you begin. The registry is the most vital part of the operating system and, if you delete the wrong key, the entire operating system may not load when you restart.