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How do I force a Group Policy update on my computer while connected to the college network?

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Article SummaryTo update a group policy, at a command prompt, enter gpupdate /force .

What is a Group Policy?

A group policy is a group of rules and instructions that normally work behind the scenes to ensure the college computers on the network are properly managed and configured; this helps ensure they are secure and their software is always up-to-date. Updates to the group policy are sent out every time you reboot your computer or log onto the network to ensure you are up-to-date. This can include things like Windows security patches or updates, college security policy updates, or similar changes. For more information on Windows updates, see How can I tell if my Windows is up to date?

To force a Group Policy update

  1. Press Start on screen, or on your keyboard press the Windows key.
  2. Where it says "Search programs and files", type in cmd and press Enter.
  3. At the prompt in the window that pops up, type gpupdate /force .
You will see the following message:
Use Policy update has completed successfully.
Computer Policy update has completed successfully.

If the message you see is different than above, it means the Group Policy did not update properly and it will need more advanced steps to troubleshoot. Please contact ITS for assistance - How can I contact ITS?



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