How To Apply Windows 10 Local Group Policy Settings To Specific Users

Applying Windows 10 local group policy settings to specific users is a crucial aspect of system administration. It allows administrators to restrict or grant specific permissions to users, ensuring a secure and controlled environment. In this article, we will discuss step-by-step instructions on how to apply Windows 10 local group policy settings to specific users.

Step 1: Open the Local Group Policy Editor

To open the Local Group Policy Editor, press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Create a New Group Policy Object

In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to “Local Computer Policy”> “User Configuration.” Right-click on “User Configuration” and select “New”> “Policy.” Give the new policy a name.

Step 3: Configure the Group Policy Settings

Under the new policy, navigate to the settings you wish to configure. For example, if you want to restrict access to a specific folder, navigate to “Windows Settings”> “Security Settings”> “File System.” Right-click on the folder you wish to restrict and select “Properties.”

Step 4: Add the Specific Users

In the folder properties window, click on the “Security” tab. Click on “Edit” and then “Add.” Type in the name of the user or group you wish to restrict or grant access to. Click “OK.”

Step 5: Configure the Permissions

Under the “Permissions for [user/group]” section, select the permissions you wish to grant or restrict for that user/group. Click “OK” to save the changes.

Step 6: Apply the Group Policy Object

To apply the group policy object, open the command prompt as an administrator. Type “gpupdate /force” and press Enter. This will update the group policy settings on the local computer.

Step 7: Verify the Group Policy Settings

To verify the group policy settings, log in as the specific user or group you configured in the group policy object. Navigate to the settings you configured and ensure the restrictions or permissions are applied.


  • What is a Local Group Policy?

    A Local Group Policy is a set of configurations that can be applied to a local computer to control user and computer settings.

  • Can Local Group Policies be applied to multiple computers?

    Yes, Local Group Policies can be applied to multiple computers using Active Directory Group Policy.

  • What happens if a user is a member of multiple groups with conflicting permissions?

    The user will be granted the highest level of permissions from all the groups they are a member of.

Applying Windows 10 local group policy settings to specific users is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance the security and control of a system. By following the steps outlined in this article, administrators can easily configure and apply group policy settings to specific users and groups. Remember to always verify the settings to ensure they are applied correctly.

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