I am trying to create group policies on our domain controller (Windows 2012 Server) to test how our WSUS updates are handled.

Here are the options I want to see: from google

Here are the options I actually see: my options

Specifically you can see: I am missing options like "Specify deadline before auto-restart for update installation" and a bunch of others.

From what I read on Google I need to install ADMX files to update my Administrative Templates within the Group Policy Editor. I have installed these (3 of them in fact) and still don't see any of these extra options.

After you install these ADMX updates do you need to do anything to get them working? Anyone know how I get the full range of GP options?


You need to copy the files from:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709)\PolicyDefinitions 



You may need to change the owner and permissions of the target folder to provide access. Probably a good idea to make a backup of the target folder before copying the files.

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  • Is this answer still correct? From what I've been reading (do NOT assume I am correct) - you copy them to the central SYSVOL store now - and copying them to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions was the old way .. Here's where I got my info from: blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2015/10/20/… ... which was from 2015 .. but this one is less than a month ago: support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/3087759/… – DHW Jul 25 '18 at 16:35
  • @DHW: Yes, If they are using the central store, that would be the destination folder. The default is to use the local folder. – Greg Askew Jul 25 '18 at 16:45
  • Thanks. Yes I had someone demystify it for me yesterday. To share what was said: The only purpose of templates is to inform the group policy editor so it can display things correctly and create the proper policy files... so if its in C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions - it can do it from that machine .. if its in the central repository - it can do it from any machine. Once the policy files are created - the templates have nothing to do with the process – DHW Jul 26 '18 at 20:49

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