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I just took delivery of a new desktop from Dell with win7 pro preinstalled. I removed the preinstalled dell crapware and then installed the software I really needed, ran updates and joined my domain. To my surprise I found that the group policy settings that customized my the home page to the company intranet did not apply.

It's strange because I had just created a new win7 VM and installed the OS from scratch. After the domain join, the homne page was set by group policy as normal. I really haven't changed this GP setting in a few years and it has always worked without a hitch.

I guess the next time I get a new box from Dell I'll format the HD and install Windows from scratch. That's not a great option right now because I've already installed all of my apps.

Anybody know how I can debug this and possibly get these GPOs working without a full reinstall?

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You might want to try running:

gpupdate /force 

from the command line, or perhaps:


to run the Resultant Set of Policy tool which will allow you to examine the GPOs that are being applied.

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Look at the Resultant Set of Policy.

Verify that the computer is in the correct OU to get the GPO pushed to it.

Run gpupdate /force

Look in the eventvwr for failed GPO settings.

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Use RSOP and gpresult to debug the issue.

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I ran RSOP and got an "Invalid Namespace" error on the physical box that had the problem, but no error on the VM which did have the policy – John Hoge Jul 7 '11 at 14:21

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