New Group Policy Settings in Windows 8.1 & Windows 8

Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 offer several new Group Policy Settings over its predecessor, Windows 7. Over 250 new group policy settings appear to have been added in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.

New Group Policy Settings Windows 8

New Group Policy Settings in Windows 8.1 & Windows 8

The Group Policy is an integral part of the Windows operating system, using which many a IT Pro, beginners and tweak enthusiasts count on to customize and enforce settings on their computers. The Group Policy Editor, however is not included in every edition of Windows. In Windows 8, the Group Policy is included only with Windows 8 Pro Edition.

Download the New Group Policy Settings Excel file from the TechNet ConfigMgrDogs blog, by clicking here. It would have been more helpful though, if the guide also included the Registry settings which were affected by the Group Policy Settings. But you can always use the Group Policy Settings Search, to know the registry key and value name that backs a particular policy setting.

You can also download the complete list of  Group Policy Settings for Windows 8.1 | 7 | Server. What is also very useful in these spreadsheets, is that it also lists the registry keys which are affected when the settings are changed.

I trust many of you will find this download useful!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Johnny

    How do I import / export local group policy Windows 8.1 (like cscript on WinXP)?

  2. I am in the process of writing a tutorial on this. Should be live in 2-3 days. 🙂

  3. chandan

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