Group Policy?

By bigredmachine ยท 15 replies
Sep 21, 2006
  1. Ever since I took my comp. to the "PC Doctor" to get fixed, I have not been able to access any of its resources (printer, shared files) from other computers on my home network. I haven't been able to figure out this problem, but one thing that is a mystery to me is that when I went to turn off Windows Firewall, I noticed that it was turned off, but all of the options were gray (there was no way to turn it back on if I wanted to) It said at the top that it was controlled be "Group Policy" and that I had to contact the administrator, which is me. (I'm the IT guy at my house). Does this have something to do with my networking problems, or is there something else wrong? Everything worked perfectly before I took it to this place to be fixed.

    Thanks, Sid
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    The tool you'll probably need to use to correct that is either secpol.msc or gpedit.msc. I can't think right off the top of my head which settings in there but if you aren't connected to a domain and that's your error then I'm pretty sure the correction to be made is in there.
  3. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Check help and support and look in advanced system info then group policies. It shows you all the policies that have changed
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    There's a number of viruses that do exactly as you described.

    Did you take your computer to have viruses/spyware fixed?

    Many times, viruses and spyware make changes to your system which affect how your computer functions. Virus scanners do not fix these problems, usually. Most companies (like Computer Doctor) don't care enough to fix or even warn you about this... But of course, it is difficult to spell out absolutely everything that can go wrong after every single repair for every single customer.

    If you did not take it in for viruses / spyware, then you should definitely get yourself checked out by something like
  5. bigredmachine

    bigredmachine TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    the reason i had it taken in was to remove viruses and spyware. However the networking operated fine when they were on the comp and when they were removed it got screwed up.
  6. bigredmachine

    bigredmachine TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    How do I fix these problems?
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    You should still do a virus scan. This may be a sign you've gotten another virus. But here's how you might fix it.

    • Start > Run > gpedit.msc
    • Click 'Computer Configuration'
    • Click 'Administrative Templates'
    • Click 'Network'
    • Click 'Network Connections'
    • Click 'Windows Firewall'
    • Click ''Standard Profile'
    • Double click 'Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections'
    • Change value to 'Enabled' and click Next.

    The default is 'Not Configured', but I've seen entries in gpedit.msc that were enabled or disable, but the interface did not say so. You may also find a related option in User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Network / Network Connections and possibly anywhere else. If a virus did this, it is perfectly possible to create new gpedit entries that you and I would have no idea about. You just have to look around.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    try Spybot S&D.
    It has integrity checks for Registry ->to file locations,
    settings that get malconfigured and many good feature.

    install it, update it, and run
    be sure to set Mode::Advanced to get control of all the features.

    btw: all these policy editors work well with XP/Pro but not the Home Ed
  9. bigredmachine

    bigredmachine TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    I cant't get into gpedit.msc
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Are you logged in as Administrator? Do you have an Administrator account?
  11. bigredmachine

    bigredmachine TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    I'm logged in as owner, the only option
  12. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    If you have XP Home, you can login as Administrator via Safe Mode and you should be able to access GPEDIT from there.

    Alternatively in normal mode, you can press CTRL+ALT+DEL twice at the logon screen and you should be able to login as Administrator. To get there, you can logoff (Windows key + L).

    Although I might assume any "Administrator" account cannot be filtered from gpedit.msc like this, there may be an option in GPEDIT and/or a key in the registry to deny access even to administrators (which would be silly). I'm not sure what it could be though, so try searching for such a thing.
  13. bigredmachine

    bigredmachine TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    I cant even get into the admin account, using both of these ways. When i try safe mode it stops at "loading personal settings" and when i try the control-alt-delete method It says I dont have administrative rights or something.
  14. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    pick a task
    choose the last option
    my computer information
    view advanced system information
    view group policies applied
  15. bigredmachine

    bigredmachine TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    what is "the last option"
    I have hp help and support..?
  16. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    The option with Use Tools
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