How to Edit the Registry.pol File using LGPO.exe

In this tutorial, we will discuss how to modify or edit the Registry.pol file using the LGPO.exe tool. LGPO.exe tool is part of Microsoft Security Baseline and helps automate the local group policy management.

You can also use LGPO.exe to apply a GPO backup (exported from a domain, etc.) on workgroup computers. However, after applying policies via the LGPO.exe tool, you can’t edit them via Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

Even if you edit the same settings via the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc), it won’t be applied because the policies applied via the LGPO tool will take precedence over the gpedit tool. You can verify the same via the gpresult command or rsop.msc console.

So, in a GPO backup, the policy settings are stored in the registry.pol file. The LGPO tool applies these settings from the registry.pol file to your computer.

SEE ALSO: How to Rename Local Admin and Change Password using GPO.

Modify the Registry.pol File using the LGPO.exe Tool

The registry.pol file is not directly editable. However, you can use the same LGPO.exe tool to convert it to the readable regpol text file and edit the required settings. After that, you can convert the regpol text file back to the registry.pol using the LGPO tool.

So, in this tutorial, we will show how to edit the registry.pol file using the LGPO.exe tool (provided by Microsoft). First of all, download the file and extract it to any folder. In this tutorial, we have extracted it to the C:\LGPO folder.

Also, make sure you have the GPO backup containing the registry.pol file. You can also take GPO backup using LGPO.exe, just follow these steps.

Step 1: Take Local Group Policy Backup using LGPO.exe Tool

In case you want to save a backup of the Local Group Policy applied on your computer, you can do so using the LGPO.exe tool. First, launch CMD with administrator privileges and browse to the folder where you have extracted the LGPO.exe file. Then, type the following command in the CMD prompt. This will back up the Local Group Policy to your desired location.

LGPO.exe /b [backup path] /n [gpo name]

Make sure to replace the [backup path] with the actual path where you want to save the GPO backup and also the [gpo name] with the display name for GPO.

Save A Backup Of Local Group Policy Using Lgpo Tool
Save a backup of Local Group Policy using the LGPO tool

Step 2: Convert the Registry.pol file to Readable Text

Now, after you are ready with the GPO backup, it’s time to edit the registry.pol file using LGPO.exe. In this process, we will have to convert the registry.pol file to editable text file. So, type the following command in Command Prompt (run as administrator) and press Enter.

LGPO.exe /parse /m [path to the registry.pol file] > regpol.txt

Make sure to replace the [path to the registry.pol file] with the actual path of the file as shown in the screenshot below. The registry.pol file is usually present in the “{GPOName}\DomainSysvol\GPO\Machine or User” folder.

Convert Registry Pol File To Regpol Text File Using Lgpo - edit registry.pol using lgpo.exe
Convert the registry.pol file to regpol.txt file

Step 3: Edit the Registry.pol File in Text Format

Now, you can easily edit the registry.pol file in the form of regpol.txt. Simply open it in Notepad and make the necessary changes.

  • Edit the DWORD value to make changes in specific policy settings.
  • To set any policy to “Not configured“, type DELETE below its settings in the regpol.txt file.
  • More options are provided in the document available with the LGPO download.
Modify the regpol.txt file to edit the registry.pol file using lgpo.exe tool
Edit the regpol.txt file

Step 4: Convert the Modified Regpol.txt File to Registry.pol File

After you are done editing the regpol.txt file, you can convert it back to the registry.pol file using the LGPO.exe tool. Simply type the following command in the CMD prompt and press Enter.

LGPO.exe /r [regpol.txt file path] /w [new registry.pol file path]

Make sure to replace the [regpol.txt file path] with the actual path of the regpol.txt file. Similarly, replace the [new registry.pol file path] with the actual path of the new registry.pol file.

Convert the regpol.txt File Back To Registry.Pol File Using Lgpo.exe
Convert the regpol.txt file back to the registry.pol file using LGPO.exe

Step 5: Replace the old Registry.pol File with the New One

After modifying the registry.pol file, it’s time to replace the old one with the new one. So, copy the new registry.pol file and paste it into the same folder as the old registry.pol file.

Paste New Registry Pol File In Gpo Backup
Paste the new registry.pol file in the same folder

You might get the prompt to confirm replacing the old file with the new one. Click “Replace the file in the destination” to keep the new file.

Replace The Old Registry Pol File With New One
Replace the old registry.pol file with the new one

Step 6: Apply Local Group Policy using the LGPO.exe Tool

Finally, it’s time to apply the modified registry.pol file to your computer using the LGPO.exe tool. Now, type the following command in Command Prompt (run as admin) and press Enter.

LGPO.exe /g [GPO folder path]
gpupdate /force

Make sure to replace the [GPO folder path] with the actual path of the folder where the GPO backup is stored.

Apply Local Group Policy Using Gpo Backup Via Lgpo
Apply Local Group Policy using the LGPO tool

Step 7: Check the Applied Policy via RSOP.msc Console

Now, launch the RUN utility, type rsop.msc, and press Enter to launch the RSOP console. It will display the policies that are applied on your computer. So, now you can verify the applied policies here.

Check Updated Policy In Rsop Console
Check the updated policy in the RSOP console

SEE ALSO: Facing the “Shell Infrastructure Host has stopped working” error? Here is the fix.

Edit the Registry.pol File using LGPO.exe Tool to Modify the Local Group Policy

LGPO.exe tool is quite useful for Group Policy administrators. You can use it to even edit the registry.pol file and make changes to local GPO without the need to edit the Group Policy from Domain Controllers. LGPO tool is available to download from the Microsoft Security Compliance toolkit page.

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