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Group Policy enabled, but not working

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    Group Policy enabled, but not working


    I have been working on getting a group policy to work, but have not had success. I have enabled the policy through gpedit.msc, and it is showing as enabled, however it is not being enforced. Is there a step that I missed along the way? Thanks.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Thill, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What group policy are you trying to enable?

    Do you have Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro installed?

    In addition, please post screenshots showing your settings to see if it may help reveal anything.

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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1


    Hi Brink, and thanks for the welcome. I am on Windows 8.1 home. I am trying to disable Incognito mode in Chrome, so the group policy is IncognitoModeAvailability. I have enabled it, and chose the disable option.

    From all of my research, I downloaded a patch that would allow me to run group policy on home edition. I then downloaded the policy templates for chrome and done everything that I could find to do, but it is still not working properly. Any ideas?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Is gpsvc (Group Policy Client) running in Services?
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    Windows 8.1


    Yes it is.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Hmmm, wonder if it's something with the Chrome templates.
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    Windows 8.1


    Is there anything I can do to figure out is that is the issue?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I think the templates are designed for server for network use. Are you trying to get this to work on a single machine at home? If so, there may be some network settings required to identify the machine. Also, it may not work at all.

    May take adjusting settings in the Windows Settings portion of Group Policy Editor. Getting into territory there that I don't want to mess with as could cause system problems. Will bow out to Brink or someone else who might be more of an IT person. Sorry.
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    Windows 8.1


    Popeye- I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I am trying to use it on a single machine at home, so I was afraid there would be an issue with that. However, I was hoping it would work. Then when I couldn't get it to work, I was hoping I could consult all of the people here who are way smarter than me and someone might have an answer...

    Either way I am grateful to all!
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  10. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Thill,

    Since you have 8.1 and not 8.1 Pro, that would be why this is not working. Group Policy is not supported in the 8.1 edition. As you found out, the hacks to add GPEDIT to non supported editions do not work.

    If you like, you could set the policy via Registry Editor instead. The link below shows you all the registry settings for each group policy to help. You will often need to sign out/in or restart the PC to apply them.

    Group Policy Search

    However, I don't recognize the policy in your screenshot.

    EDIT:

    Found this below for this policy.

    Policy List - The Chromium Projects

    IncognitoModeAvailability

    Incognito mode availability

    Data type:
    Integer (REG_DWORD)

    Windows registry location:
    Software\Policies\Chromium\IncognitoModeAvailability

    Mac/Linux preference name:
    IncognitoModeAvailability

    Supported on:

    • Chromium (Linux, Mac, Windows) since version 14
    • Chromium OS (Chromium OS) since version 14
    • Chromium (Android) since version 30


    Supported features
    Dynamic Policy Refresh: Yes, Per Profile: Yes

    Description:
    Specifies whether the user may open pages in Incognito mode in Chromium. If 'Enabled' is selected or the policy is left unset, pages may be opened in Incognito mode. If 'Disabled' is selected, pages may not be opened in Incognito mode. If 'Forced' is selected, pages may be opened ONLY in Incognito mode.

    • 0 = Incognito mode available
    • 1 = Incognito mode disabled
    • 2 = Incognito mode forced


    Example value:
    0x00000001 (Windows), 1 (Linux), 1 (Mac)
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