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Update Group Policy without Restarting Your Computer

If you make a change to the group policy on your Windows XP Professional; Vista Business or Ultimate; or Windows 7 Ultimate machine, you will need to restart your computer to make the changes take effect. In this guide, you’ll learn how to avoid restarting with a simple command.

There are many guides on this site that require you to use the Group Policy Management Console. Once you’ve made the changes, do the following:

  1. Press the Start button and type CMD
  2. Right click cmd.exe and select Run as Administrator
  3. Now type gpupdate/force and press enter

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Group policy will now refresh and your changes will be in effect.

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6 thoughts on “Update Group Policy without Restarting Your Computer”

  1. Best Windows Freebies and Guid says:

    […] Update Group Policy without Restarting Your Computer […]

  2. Computer keeps restarting says:

    That's the great article! I just pass 'n read it, two thumbs up! ;)

  3. supCugar says:

    is there a way to make group policy objects work in safe mode? Specifically the “prevent installation of devices by class” gpo. I tried using the ‘gpupdate /force’ command but that still wont activate the policy. There must be a way to make it work in safe mode right?

    thanks in advance

    1. Rich says:

      You’ll need to run “Safe mode with networking” to enable Group Policy.

      Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938988.aspx

  4. Rich says:

    I’m sure there is but I don’t know, off hand, how. I recommend asking in the forums: http://forum.mintywhite.com/

  5. Selami Ozlu says:

    Hi All,
    here is our situation we have Windows Server 2008 Standard OS (64 bit) and logged in as an administrator and we have installed a windows service service with another account which belongs to Administrator group.
    So OS is running under and administrator group and the windows service running on a different user which is in administrator group.
    Shortly what this windows service does is using Crystal Reports template and sening to a network printer. During this process we get the error message “Invalid Printer Spcecified”. When we remove the template
    just try to send it to the printer, this time we get error message “invalid handle”. When we reboot/restart the server, it work both ways however we want to be successfully without rebooting/restarting the server.
    Note: the printer driver is OK.
    Shortly is there any way to accomplish without rebooting the server. We used some tools like PSEXEC but did not help.
    Remember if we reboot everything ok .
    Thanks and regards,
    Selami Ozlu

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