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Which is the correct place to enable windows services through GPO on Windows Server 2008? The domain has computers running XP, Vista, and 7.

Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > System Services

or

Computer Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Services

What is the difference between the two?

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Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > System Services settings are enforced, meaning a user cannot change the setting.

Computer Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Services are not enforced, meaning a user can change the setting.

From Microsoft:

The key difference between preferences and policy settings is enforcement.

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