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    PATCH WATCH By Susan Bradley Is group policy on Windows 10 Home possible? I am enticed by the potential. I’ve seen several articles and posts about in
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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      If KB5005463 has been installed on your system, you can go into Settings, Apps, Apps and Features and find the app and then remove it if you desire.

      … where it’s listed as “Windows PC Health Check” (not PC Health Check as on the Start menu 🙄).

      Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1387 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

    • #2400547

      I sort by date as I find that the easiest way to find recent annoyances.  Sorry should have mentioned that!  Thank you for bringing it up.

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady

    • #2400595

      Susan, I have done an intense research on this subject of group policy and came to the conclusion Home version simply ignores policies. See:

      Tweaking standalone PCs using group policy, differences with Home and Pro

      Nobody ever answered my question about how to wipe clean set policies and revert to Windows defaults before applying a new set of policies though, not just unset them. It might not exist.

      I use the registry to control PCs and find it easy to prepare scripts where I simply search and replace tagged comments to activate features. I regroup features by the same tag so a searxh and replace by nothing on this tagged comment activates a bunch of features. I have a diffferent method if it is for Home or Pro version.


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        How to reset all Local Group Policy settings on Windows 10 | Windows Central

        However the BEST way to reset everything and know you have the defaults is a clean install.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

        • #2400658

          Thanks, the command line instruction can be useful, but I am not sure it does what I want.

          Resetting the group policies value to their default undefined state doesn’t undo what you did. For example, if the default setting for a functionality is disabled and the default group policy is undefined, but you change it to enabled, the functionality will now be enabled. When you reset the group policy to undefined, the setting doesn’t revert to its default Windows value of disabled because group policy simply stops forcing enabled.

          As you say, I think the only way to start fresh with defaults is a clean reinstall, which is not very friendly.

    • #2400648

      Sounds like it works just as well as back when I tried to enable Group Policy on Windows XP Home.

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