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How to Force a Group Policy Update

  • ​​​Click the Windows/Start Button.
  • Type “CMD.”
  • Select “Command Prompt” from the search results.
  • In the CMD window, enter (or copy & paste) this EXACTLY as it is here & press “Enter”: %windir%\system32\cmd.exe /k gpupdate /force
  • “Updating policy…” should appear.  
  • When it finishes, enter “Y” to restart your computer.

Note: As long as you see the part at the bottom that asks you to enter a “Y” or “N” to restart, it was successful!

Courtesy of Digital Pathways