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Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide by William R. Stanek, Derek Melber, Darren Mar-Elia, The Microsoft Group Policy Team

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Managing Group Policy Processing and Refresh

In Group Policy, policy settings are divided into two categories: Computer Configuration and User Configuration. Computer Configuration settings are applied during startup of the operating system. User Configuration settings are applied when a user logs on to a computer. Because User Configuration settings are applied after Computer Configuration settings, User Configuration settings have precedence over Computer Configuration settings by default. This means that if there is a conflict between computer and user settings, user settings have priority and take precedence.

Once policy settings are applied, the settings are refreshed automatically to ensure they are current. During Group Policy refresh, the ...

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