How to Enable or Disable Local Group Policy Objects

Local Group Policy object settings are more important in a non-networked environment or in a networked environment with no domain controller, because these settings are not overwritten by other Group Policy objects.

This registry tweak for Windows XP will enable you to disable Local Group Policy objects. You should always backup your registry settings prior to implementing any registry changes. Any registry change you make will be irreversible if you do not have a backup in place.

Here’s how to perform this tweak:

  1. Click on Start and go to Run. Type in regedit and click OK. Your registry editor will come up.
  2. Look for the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder on the left side of your registry editor. Click on the little cross icon on the left of the folder to expand the folder.
  3. Now look for SOFTWARE and expand.
  4. Go to the Policies folder. Expand the folder and locate Policies.
  5. Once you find Policies, expand the folder and go to Microsoft.
  6. Expand Microsoft and go to Windows.
  7. Expand Windows and go to System.
  8. Look at the right hand side of your registry editor. Check and see if DisableGPO is present. If the DisableGPO value is there, move on to step nine. In most cases, however, the value will not be there and you will have to create it following the steps below.
    • Right click on the right hand side of the registry editor.
    • Select New and then select DWORD.
    • Rename the value to DisableGPO. Alternately, you can click on the new DWORD value and select Rename.
  9. Double click DisableGPO. A new box will come up.
  10. Enter 0 in the value data if you would like to enable Local Group Policy objects. This is also the default setting. If you would like to disable Local Group Policy objects, enter 1 instead.
  11. Exit the registry and reboot.