How to update Group Policies admx templates to Windows 10

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In this Tutorial we are going over the process to update the Group Policies files (admx) to support the latest version of Windows 10 including Microsoft Edge.

Solution


If you are using a central store (and you should) every time that you open the Administrative Templates in a Group Policy the information will be retrieved from that location which basically is \\domain.local\sysvol\domain.local\Policies\PolicyDefinitions.

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If we look in a Domain Controller the path of the share is C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\domain.local|Policies\PolicyDefinitions as shown in the image below. A list of all admx files and the language associate to them is stored on that location. In my case I only copy English language (en-US). Note: the admx files are language neutral.

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Now, let’s expand Windows Components on any Group Policy, in our case we want to change something on Microsoft Edge and as you can see there is no such option underneath Windows Components, and the reason is that the current admx files are not up to date.

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Getting the latest Administrative Template for Windows 10 (1511)…

The first step is to download the latest administrative templates (admx) for Windows 10 from the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=48257, and then click on Download. The current download allows the administrator do download the first version of Windows 10 and the newest version available (1511).

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The instalation process is straight forward, accept default values on most of the page of the wizard, however use a simple folder name on the Select Installation Folder because we just need to grab those files to update our PolicyDefinitions folder.

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Updating the administrative templates…

Time to upgrade, first select all .admx files from the folder that was created during the installation, and select the language folder as well, in my case just the English language (en-us), right-click and then Copy.

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Go to the C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\domain.local|Policies\PolicyDefinitions on the Domain Controller and paste the files.

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After that, close any Group Policy that you may be editing and Group Policy Management Editor, open it again and at this time we should see the new features/components on the list. In our case, Microsoft Edge is available as shown in the image below.

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Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and Office Server and Services, besides the Microsoft Award he also holds a Solutions Master (MCSM) in Exchange and several other certifications. Anderson has been contributing to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, twitter, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor here at ITPROCentral.com, MSExchange.org, Techgenix.com and Anderson Patricio.org (Portuguese).

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