After you download the Group Policy preference client-side extensions on a Windows Vista-based or a Windows XP-based computer, nothing is present under Computer Configuration Policies Administrative Templates System Group Policy

After you download the Group Policy preference client-side extensions on a Windows Vista-based or a Windows XP-based computer, nothing is present under Computer Configuration Policies Administrative Templates System Group Policy

Article ID : 954372
Last Review : June 26, 2008
Revision : 1.0

SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:

• On a Windows Vista-based or a Windows XP-based computer, you download the Group Policy preference client-side extensions that are described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article (KB) 943729.
• You try to turn on tracing for individual preference extensions by enabling and configuring the administrative template settings in the following location:

Computer Configuration Policies Administrative Templates System Group Policy ExtensionName Policy Processing

In this scenario, nothing is present under the administrative template settings at Computer Configuration Policies Administrative Templates System Group Policy.

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CAUSE

This issue occurs because the GroupPolicyPreferences.admx file and the GroupPolicyPreferences.adml file are missing from the extensions that you downloaded.

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RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, add the GroupPolicyPreferences.admx file and the GroupPolicyPreferences.adml file from a Windows Server 2008-based computer. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Copy the GroupPolicyPreferences.admx file and the GroupPolicyPreferences.adml file from a Windows Server 2008-based computer.

Note By default, the files are in the C: Windows PolicyDefinitions folder.

2. Open the Local Group Policy Editor. To do this, follow these steps.

In Windows Vista

a. Click Start, type run in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
b. Type gpedit.msc, and then click OK. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.

In Windows XP

a. Click Start, and the click Run.
b. Type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
3. Under Computer Configuration, right-click Administrative Templates, and then click Add/Remove Templates.
4. In the Add/Remove Templates dialog box, click Add.
5. Locate the GroupPolicyPreferences.admx file, and then click Open.
6. Repeat steps 4 through 5 for the GroupPolicyPreferences.adml file.
7. Click Close to close the Add/Remove Templates dialog box.
8. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.

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MORE INFORMATION

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

943729 (/Feedback.aspx?kbNumber=943729/) Information about new Group Policy preferences in Windows Server 2008

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APPLIES TO
• Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Home Basic
• Windows Vista Home Premium
• Windows Vista Starter
• Windows Vista Ultimate
• Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
• Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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