They include the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), a Power Shell cmdlet, the PSexec executable and the Windows Management Instrumentation command line (WMIC). Windows Server 2012 introduces a new feature for updating Group Policy Object (GPO) settings on multiple remote computers.The Group Policy Update action, which is available on the right-click context menu of an organizational unit in the GPMC, can be used to refresh GPO settings remotely, as shown in the screenshot to the left (Figure 1).However, the updating of Group Policy depends upon the resources that have been modified and may vary according to the priority.So eventually there exists the possibility of a decrease in the speed of the computer, since a Group Policy refresh in the background will affect system speed.This is an option given in Windows, and should you wish to change this setting, for some reason, this is how to go about it. In the above window, selecting Enabled will let the computer to refresh Group Policy objects after the computer is being logged out by the user rather than refreshing same while the computer is in use. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.In this article, I’ll tell you the way to disable or turn off Group Policy from being updated automatically while the system is in use. Press Windows Key R combination, type put in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
This is done on purpose by Microsoft through a design change delivered in a Windows Update security fix that silently changes the way GPO must be configured to work.Unfortunately, you won’t be able to determine how much consumption of memory is being carried out by Group Policy refresh since it is not listed in Task Manager. : The policy Turn off background refresh of Group Policy overrides over policies Set Group Policy refresh interval for computers and Set Group Policy refresh interval for users which handles the refreshing time of Group Policy to update itself in background while we’re working on computer.If we let Group Policy be updated after the user has been logged out, then the system will save on some resources. An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator.Here’s a nifty script you can use to remotely refresh Group Policy settings on Windows XP and Windows 2000 computers: @echo off XPGPORef1=/Target: User /force XPGPORef2=/Target: Computer /force Win2k GPORef1=/refreshpolicy user_policy Win2k GPORef2=/refreshpolicy machine_policy For /f “Tokens=*” %%a in (Computer List.txt) Do ( SET Comp_name=%%a \%comp_name% Check IF %errorlevel% == 0 ( \%comp_name% /Target: User /force \%comp_name% /Target: Computer /force ) ELSE ( \%comp_name% /refreshpolicy user_policy \%comp_name% /refreshpolicy machine_policy ) The script will check the operating system for each computer name that is in a list called Computer and will run the appropriate group policy update command.Just add all the computer names into that text line, one on each line.