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System Restore disabled by Group Policy & Regedit disabled by Group Policy

I had a customers computer in the store today which was a simple windows XP home edition desktop and they wanted to restore the PC to a earlier time. This is normally a simple task however when I went to system restore I recieved the error “System Restore Disabled by Group policy”. Since this was just a normal persons desktop I found this very odd. Next I tried to edit the policy values via the registry and was greeted by another error saying ” Registry Editing has been Disabled by Group policy”. This was starting to get a little annoying so I decided to document my steps to fix this issue.  Now before I get a hundred comments with people saying there is a better way remember there is more than one way to do things and this is just my way.

Below I document the few simple steps to fix this error.

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Turn Off Automatic Updates Using Active Directory in Windows Server 2003

I recently had a client who kept complaining that their office server was randomly rebooting through out the night. I knew when I had done the install of server 2003 I had turned off auto updates so that I could control the update procces myself but the problem sounded like auto updates. Once I did a little investigation I noticed that auto updates was still on and when I tried to change it via the control panel all the options were grayed out and I had no control. I then remebered that active directory’s group policy determines pretty much every thing on a domain controller and since I had just reused the existing policy when I did the reinstall, the automatic updates were still on.
In this article I will show how to turn off auto updates on a domain controller running active directory: