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I have a test environment where I have an DC and 1 XP client on the same network. I created a GPO and because of a syntax error, I removed it. On the client, I have ran GPUPDATE /force several times and even restarted the client. However, in the application event log, I see that the GPO is still being processed on the client (?? CACHED ??). I don't understand how after I removed the GPO from AD, rebooted and forced another GPUPDATE on the client, the old policy still exists. Is there any document on how to flush out the non-existent policy?


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What policy did you apply, not all policies get removed with the GPO being unlinked –  Zypher Jan 7 '10 at 20:50
Did you run the gpupdate on the server? did you attempt to restart the server? –  p858snake Jan 8 '10 at 3:22

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Your first stop would be the event logs on the client, it will clearly log whether policies are being applied or not.

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On one of the test Domain Controllers, navigate to: C:\WINDOWS\SYSVOL\sysvol\\Policies Locate the ghost GUID and delete.

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