How to Check for a Group Policy Applied on a User


Group policies are security rules applied from a server to computers within the network. Network administrators typically enforce group policies to enable or disable certain privileges in a computer. Some group policies can be rigid, such as disabling the use of USB flash drives or disabling the installation of any software application. Others are security measures, such as forcing a user to change the password on a regular basis. The network regularly enforces these policies whenever the user boots up the computer and connects to the network.

Windows XP and Earlier Operating Systems

  • Click "Start" and click the "Run" box.

  • Type "cmd" without the quotation marks and press "Enter" to open the command prompt.

  • Type "gpresult /user domain\username" without the quotation marks, where domain is the domain name of the network and the username is the user's login information. Press "Enter" to see the results from the command prompt. For example, "gpresult /user testdomain\user1" would get the group policy for "user"1 in the domain "testdomain."

Windows Vista and Later Operating Systems

  • Click the "Start" button on the lower left-hand side of the screen that has the Windows logo.

  • Type "cmd" without the quotation marks in the search box and press "Enter" to open the command prompt.

  • Type "gpresult /h result.html" without the quotation marks. Press "Enter." This would show the group policy result for a user in an HTML format, which displays using any Web browser such as Internet Explorer. You can name "result.html" by anything as long as you keep the ".html" file extension. The "result.html" file displays in the directory where the command prompt points. If the command prompt shows "C:>Users\user1," the "result.html" file displays in that directory.

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