HOWTO: Force Gpupdate to All Computers Simultaneously

All popular editions of Windows 10 above Home have built-in administration tool gpedit.msc or local group policies. This tool includes a wide range of policies (settings) and is intended to force changes in the basic configuration of the operating system and accounts. It is implemented as a MMC management console with a fairly user-friendly and intuitive graphical interface. This article shows you how to force gpupdate on multiple computers.

Group policies of the computer and the user are updated by default every 90 minutes in the background (perhaps a random offset from 0 to 30 minutes). They are also updated every time you start the system. If you change some group policies and want to apply the changes right away, not waiting for 90 minutes and not restarting the computer, update them manually using the commands described below.

Manually Update User and Computer Policies

  • 1. Open a command prompt as an administrator: one of the ways is to right-click on the "Start" menu and select "Command Prompt (Administrator)" from the menu that opens.

    How to Force Gpupdate. Open Command line


  • 2. Type gpupdate command and press Enter - if you want to update only the policies that have been changed. If you want to update all policies - instead of the previous command, type gpupdate /force and press Enter.

    Type gpupdate

Manually Update Computer Group Policies

Using the commands above, you can update the user and computer policies; below the command, only the computer group policy settings are updated.

  • 1. Open a command prompt as an administrator: one of the ways is to right-click on the "Start" menu and select "Command Prompt (Administrator)" from the menu that opens.

    How to Force Gpupdate. Open Command line


  • 2. Enter the gpupdate /target: computer command and press the Enter key to update only those computer policies that have been changed, if you want to update all computer policies — instead of the previous command, type gpupdate /target: computer /force and press the Enter key.

    Enter the gpupdate target computer


How to Force Gpupdate. Manually Update User Group Policies

Using the commands described in the first method, you can update the user and computer policies; below the command, only the user group policy settings are updated.

  • 1. Open a command prompt as an administrator: one of the ways is to right-click on the "Start" menu and select "Command Prompt (Administrator)" from the menu that opens.

    How to Force Gpupdate. Open Command line


  • 2. Type the gpupdate /target: user command and press the Enter key to update the changed user policies, if you want to update all user policies — instead of the previous command, type gpupdate /target: user /force and press the Enter key.

    gpuupdate target user


Also consider using Action1 to force group policy update remotely if:

  • - You need to perform this action on multiple (hundreds or even thousands) computers simultaneously.
  • - Some of your endpoints are laptops not connected to corporate network at all times.

Action1 is a cloud-based platform for software deployment, software/hardware inventory, patch management, endpoint configuration and more. It is free with basic functionality.


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