Group Policy Editor Window

Windows Active Directory: Conflicting Computer and User Configuration. Which setting is applied?

Group Policy Editor Window
Group Policy Editor Window

If we look under the Group Policy Editor, we could see two (2) major subgroups namely:

  • Computer Configuration
  • User Configuration

These configuration blocks / chunks contains options that could affect on how your computer functions. They are pretty much straight forward but if you look deeper, you will notice that there are options that belongs to computer configuration and also belongs to the user configuration. Most of the time, we only change one setting from a configuration block and won’t even bother about the other setting in the other configuration block. But what if you have configured them in both chucks with different settings? Which of one will take effect?

I was also bothered by this issue so I tried to find answers on my own. This took me to a Microsoft website (TechNet) and discovered that:

The Computer Configuration will override the User Configuration.

So that’s it. If you have two conflicting settings, remember that the Computer Configuration will take effect. For a more detailed example, you can visit The Elder Geek. Its a great website and a must read for everyone. 🙂

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