How can I use the registry to configure Group Policy update times?

A. You usually configure Group Policy update times under the Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy and the User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy branches; however, you can also directly set the registry to configure Group Policy update times by performing the following steps:

  1. Start regedit.exe.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System to set Computer refresh. Or, alternatively, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System to set User refresh.
  3. Create a DWORD value with a name of GroupPolicyRefreshTime, and set it to a number between 0 and 648000 minutes.
  4. Create a DWORD value with a name of GroupPolicyRefreshTimeOffset, and set it to a number between 0 and 1440 minutes. (You specify an offset value to prevent many clients from trying to refresh at the same time.)
  5. Close regedit.
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