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This is affecting Windows 8.1
Group Policies that used to work are now not applying. A quick check on the failing PC using gpresult –h shows that the policy is Inaccessible, Empty or Disabled.
No changes have been made to Group Policy.
This is due to a Microsoft Patch to plug some holes in the way Group Policy is deployed ( https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3159398 ) and affects group policies where there are security filtering enabled.
Find the Group Policy that is being affected and on the delegation tab give “read” permission to the “authenticated users” group. This will not apply the policy to all users as that is controlled using the “Apply group policy” permission. This will simply allow the GPO to be read and thus interpreted by the PC.
Once updated, run a gpupdate /force and things should be back to the way they were.
Remove the patch KB3159398 from all affected PCs
Group policy can be a bit of a pain to troubleshoot.
Here are a few pointers to get you going in the right direction when trying to fix errors:
- Make sure you are running on a fast link. Preferably an Ethernet cable
- Group policy might simply have not updated. At a command prompt run
- Running a Group Policy Results report can show you what policies have been applied. At a command prompt type
gpresult /h path/to/file.html
- Take a look at the event log to see if anything jumps out
Following these quick tips should get you on the right path to finding the problem.