Unravel Tweaks & Hacks buried inside Windows 7 Group Policy Editor

Windows 7 Group Policy Editor has plenty options which can be tweaked to suit your convenience. To know them all, one would have to wade through it all ! 

However, this spreadsheet from Microsoft, lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files delivered with Windows 7. These files are used to expose policy settings when you edit Group Policy Objects (GPOs) using Group Policy Object Editor (also known as GPEdit).

You can use the filtering capabilities included in this spreadsheet to view a specific subset of data based on one value or a combination of values that are available in one or more of the columns. In addition, you can click Custom in the drop-down list of any of the column headings to add additional filtering criteria within that column. To view a specific subset of data, click the drop-down arrow in the column heading of cells that contain the value or combination of values on which you want to filter, and then click the desired value in the drop-down list.

Using column filters, you can filter the information in these spreadsheets by operating system, component, or computer or user configuration. You can also search for information by using text or keywords.

These spreadsheets include the following categories of security policy settings: Account Policies (Password Policy, Account Lockout Policy, and Kerberos Policy), Local Policies (Audit Policy, User Rights Assignment, and Security Options), Event Log, Restricted Groups, System Services, Registry, and File System policy settings. These spreadsheets do not include security settings that exist outside of the Security Settings extension (scecli.dll), such as Wireless Network extension, Public Key Policies, or Software Restriction Policies.

* Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
* Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1
* Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Vista
* Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Windows 7 or Vista Home Premium users who do not have Local Group Policy Editor, may especially find this article to be of interest!

Download Page: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008.

More about Group Policy Settings Downloads for Windows Vista, Windows Server at Microsoft.

Go here to see what’s New in Group Policy for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and here to learn about Filter Options in Local Group Policy Editor in Windows.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, 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. Michel Loiselle

    I have win 7 home premium, and I need to setup users and group for Oracle.
    I dont think I will go and edit the registery to do so, I would realy like to have this Gpedit.
    I can understand professionals sysadmin, scripting GPO’s for security but this is not my case, I just whant to do some DB studies with Oracle and SQLdev

  2. Nbrunk90

    Michel, Windows 7 Home Premium users do not have access to gpedit.msc. Only Ultimate, Professional, and the higher end versions of W7 have it.

    I know it’s stupid, that’s why I torrented an upgrade to Windows Ultimate. Why would they assume Home Premium users have no use for correcting problems on their computers?

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