XP Pro: User Accounts & Group Policy Nightmare

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kwinsw

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Hi,

I'm trying to customise the user accounts on a standalone XP Pro PC. I want to apply different settings to the admin and non-admin accounts.

I’m using this fix here detailed in Knowledge Base article Q293655 (would post url but it's against the forum rules).

I apply the settings, log into and out of all the relevant accounts copy Registry.pol from the User folder in group policies (tried copying both and just from machine, seems to have no effect). Once I have a copy of Registry.pol I reverse the settings I’ve applied, log into and out of the user account, then copy the old version of Registry.pol back into the User folder of group policies.

Everything works fine: the restrictions are applied to all accounts accept the admin accounts. Until, that is, I reboot, at which point the changes I made in the admin account take effect and the restrictions are lifted from the non-admin accounts.

For reference, the setting I’ve been using to test this workaround was the Disable changing Advanced page settings under User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer.

Can anyone tell me why this won’t stick after a reboot and what I have to do to get it to stick?

Many Thanks

kwinsw
 
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