Learn how to deploy a registry key using Group Policy Management in Windows Server, in this step-by-step article.

In our past, we’ve posted many articles that require you to make changes in registry. Though, IT professionals mostly prefer to deploy Group Policy settings but sometimes they need to deal with registry only. For such cases, deployment of registry using Group Policy becomes a prime concern.

This article will show you step-by-step approach to deploy a registry key or item using Group Policy. To illustrate this process, we’ll create AllowIndexingEncryptedStoresOrItems registry DWORD at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search and set it to 1. This registry DWORD is created to allow Windows 10 to index encrypted files.

Deploy A Registry Key Using Group Policy

1. Press W8K + R and type gpmc.msc in Run dialog box to open Group Policy Management snap-in. Click OK.

Group Policy Management Snap-in

2. In Group Policy Management window, right click on your preferred domain/OU and select Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here. If you already created a GPO, then you can use Link an Existing GPO instead. Then right click on GPO Object created so far and select Edit.

Deploy A Registry Key Using Group Policy

3. This will open Group Policy Management Editor window. If the registry key you want to deploy is machine based, simply go to Computer Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry. Else, if it is user based, go to User Configuration, Preferences and proceed to Registry folder. In right pane of Registry, right click and select Registry Item.

FYI: You can select Registry Wizard option here to import registry from a network computer.

Deploy A Registry Key Using Group Policy

4. Then under New Registry Properties, select Action as Create to deploy new registry key. Select Hive and then click on browse button.

Deploy A Registry Key Using Group Policy

5. Moving on, in Registry Item Browser, locate the registry key and click Select.

Deploy A Registry Key Using Group Policy

6. Next, back in registry property window, create the registry item such as registry DWORD, string etc and set its preferred Value data. Click Apply.

Deploy A Registry Key Using Group Policy

7. On this property window, you can switch to Common tab which allows to manage additional options for this registry item. Select your option and click OK.

Deploy A Registry Key Using Group Policy

8. Now when you return to Group Policy Management Editor window, you will see that registry is finally deployed. Clients will be updated on next GP engine update or you can use gpupdate /force to update GP engine instantaneously.

Deploy A Registry Key Using Group Policy

To illustrate this guide, checkout following video:

That’s it!

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