That’s quite uncommon, but if we need to clear the local cache of Group Policies (GPO) on a workstation/laptop joined to a domain, there are three main methods we can use to accomplish this activity.
- Open My Computer / Computer
- In the URL or address bar paste: %windir%\system32\GroupPolicy.
- Right click and delete the: Machine and User folders to clear local group policy cache.
- Restart the computer to reapply the group policies.
Note: you can also run gpupdate /force on the machine to force the policy to reapply.
You can also run the little PowerShell oneliner as Administrator to remove the Group Policy folder and all files below:
#requires -Version 1.0
Remove-Item “$env:windir\system32\GroupPolicy” -Force -Recurse
- Delete the HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft Key (looks like a folder).
- Delete the HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft Key.
- Delete the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects Key.
- Delete the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies Key.
- Remove the computer from the domain – (change to a Workgroup).
- Restart computer.
- Run gpupdate /force.
- Rejoin the domain.