Friday, April 26, 2013

Turn off and Disable Group Policy Refresh

8:00 AM

Group Policy, an administrative tool introduced in Windows 2000, determines how programs, network resources and operating system behave for users and computers in an organization. Group Policy helps users to add policies for active objects by making modifications in Windows Windows Registry. Generally, by default Group Policy gets updated in background every 90 minutes, after a change is recorded in active object. Even when you Change Group Policy Refresh Interval and set it at 0 minutes, the computer tries to update Group Policy every 7 seconds. To avoid the performance degradation you may instead Turn Off Group Policy Refresh.

However, the updation of Group Policy depends upon the resources that has been modified and may vary according to the priority. So eventually there exists the possibility of decrease in speed of computer since Group Policy refresh in the background will affect system speed. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to determine how much consumption of memory is being carried out by Group Policy refresh, since it is not listed in Task Manager. If we let Group Policy be updated after user has been logged out, then system will save on some resources.

Turn Off Group Policy Refresh

In this article, I’ll tell you the way to disable or turn off  Group Policy from being updated automatically while the system is in use.

Disable background refresh of Group Policy using Local Group Policy Editor

  • 1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  • 2. Navigate here :
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Group Policy
  • 3. In the right pane, look for the setting Turn off background refresh of Group Policy. It should have Not Configured status by default. Double clicking over it will yield you following window:
  • 4. In the above window, selecting Enabled will let the computer to refresh Group Policy objects after the computer is being logged out by user rather than refreshing same while computer is in use. Click OK. Reboot to make changes effective. That’s it!
NOTE : The policy Turn off background refresh of Group Policy overrides over policies Set Group Policy refresh interval for computers and Set Group Policy refresh interval for users which handles the refreshing time of Group Policy to update itself in background while we’re working on computer.

Disable background refresh of Group Policy using Registry Editor

  • 1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • 2. Navigate to this registry key:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  • 3. In the right pane of this location, create a DWORD named DisableBkGndGroupPolicy using Right click -> New -> DWORD. Double click on it to modify, you’ll got this:
  • 4. In the above shown box, input the Value data equals to 1. Click OK. That’s it! Reboot to get results.
Note: If this tutorial worked for you (and it should work), please leave a comment below. Thanks.

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