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Group Policy Failed to Start, Access is Denied!??

Q: Group Policy Failed to Start, Access is Denied!??

I have a Windows 7 laptop, I haven't been able to log in to my laptop because it keeps saying "Group Policy Failed to Start, Access is Denied." this is my ONLY account on my laptop plus its an ADMINISTRATIVE account, I've tried installing a new driver for Group Policy, that didn't work (via safe mode), I've tried creating a new account through safe mode, it still doesnt work. Please help??

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One of my user accounts have been getting the error above after a shutdown.
I tried system restore but it did not work.
I have tried disabling non-windows service on startup and that didn't work
Can someone help me please!!

A:The Group Policy failed the logon. Access Denied

Here are instructions on how to fix it, or at least, how I fixed a computer at school once.

1. Logon to the machine with a machine administrator account (assuming this issue is with a domain account, if not logon to the machine using another account with administrative privilege).
2. Move the machine to a workgroup from domain. (If it was part of one workgroup then change it to another one or join a domain.) You could do this through Control Panel\System and Security\System and then Change Settings.
3. Restart the machine and logon with a machine administrator account.
4. Delete your user profile data (or move it a different location) completely from c:\users. "C" in my case is system directory but if you have a different one then use that one.
5. Join the machine back to domain account (or to workgroup that the machine was originally joined to), and restart the machine.
6. Logon with your domain account that you were having trouble with. Keep fingers crossed.
If all goes well, you should be logged on.

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Hoping someone can help me!

All of a sudden I am unable to access my computer desktop due to the above error message.

I have an acer laptop which came pre installed with windows vista basic so I have no disc... It is a home computer so the only logon we use is the profile named 'aver valued customer' which doesn't require a password.

I can get as far as this icon but everytime I click it I get the above message. I have tried running in safe mode and have also tried system restore but keep getting back to this initial logon screen which doesn't work.

Can anyone please help??

A:Group policy server failed logon. Access is denied.

Welcome to the forum. when you get to the login page is there any option to login as another user often just an arrow next to the name or switch user it seems it thinks its on a domain and your trying to login to a domain that you dont have. Can you get to safe mode with a cmd prompt?

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Now what?
Tried system restore, again. At least once a week now.
The real question is WHY!!!??? Why at all? Why all the time. Vista has been the MOST frustrating operating system we have owned. Almost 20 years with computers, and I can't believe I keep buying Microsoft. OMFG....
At least once a week we have issues. Compatibility, profiles deleted, uploaded files just gone for no reason, login failed. Our frustration has finally peaked.
How do we get this POS working again?

A:The group policy client failed the logon. Access is denied?

Hello FedUpVistaSucks,
Can you provide some system specs, thanks.
Do you have a Vista DVD/CD ?.
Can you get in via safe mode ?.
When we get a bit more info, we can get into it.

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I cannot open my computer, I get this message. It is a personal computer and I am the only user so i can't log on with an administrator account. I can press f8 to get to that screen, but don't know what to do after that. I found Pianiste on one of the
forums who had the same issue about a year ago but could not see if she was able to solve this problem. The person who sold me the computer set it up so that I would not need a password. It is Windows 7. Would appreciate it if anyone can help me with this.
Thanks in advance. sorry if this is the wrong forum, can't see which one would be better.

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A computer was handed to me to fix. Well it's a Windows 7 laptop. I'm not actually by it right now so I can not tell you the manufacturer at the moment; but I'll try to explain everything I can.
I usually am very good with this stuff but the thing is, I've only came across an error like once before and I had to wipe the hard drive clean and re install everything. However my friend, she doesn't want me to do that. So. I have to try to save it all.

I've tried a lot I guess. It won't boot in safe mode, obviously, and it won't log at all, obviously. There's no second account. So now you know this. I'll continue on with what I've done.
I've done a couple things, actually. Before I tell you what I've done. I just so happened to be able to get in once. It logged in and said desktop could not be found and all that jazz. I was able to run SuperAntiSpyware and it got tracking cookies and like probably 1 or 2 Trojans and I removed those. Then it restarted and locked out with the same error.
I booted up with Kasperky CD I made a while ago. Didn't help, not really surprised. I went to go do system restore multiple times and none of which worked. There's other things I tried but can't remember at the moment. Honestly. I'm lost on what to do right now. I have no idea how on earth I would fix this.

I can't tell you on the specs on the computer because I can't access it so I can't get them. Also I do not have a disc from Microsoft for windows 7 recovery. I just read that doing t... Read more

A:The Group Policy Client Service failed the logon, Access is denied.

You might want to work on the steps here Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot and report your findings.

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It seems I had some sort of Trojan/Virus at some point. Looks like I got rid of it for the most part considering Malwarebytes and Kapersky no longer pic up any sort of inefection. However it left some lasting damage in the form of that error message that I get when I try to log on my main user.
I can still access it in safe mode but that is it.  Only thing I was able to do so far was just create an entirely new user with admin rights and transfer everything from one to the other. However now with this new user I keep getting a counterfeit windows error that won't go away. So fixing my orignal one and regaining access to it would be nice. All attempts so far have failed so any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

A:The group policy service client failed the logon. Access in denied

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I would greatly appreciate any assistance.

I got the dreaded "User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile" screen 2 days ago. I saw google updater briefly before my system restarted and I've read that may be a cause. Anyway, I was able to back up most of my files. I restarted my laptop and to my surprise, it was back except the theme was different and couldn't be altered which I could deal with. A few other things were off but it was usable.

Unfortunately, a little before midnight, there was a power outage. My laptop has a dead battery (well almost dead so it gives you about a minute) so I just shut down without closing each program one by one. I force quit but it did shut down on its own. The power came back on but I got the following error when I tried to login this afternoon.

"The Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access is denied"

I'm running Vista Ultimate. I could not get past the login screen. I could login in as guest but I only had one administrator account. I was able to boot in safe mode and my files are still there. I was even able to export my Firefox history, save my passwords and do a back up of that. I created a new administrator account in safe mode. I was able to login and use my laptop normally (connect to internet etc) but of course, it's not my real account.

I do not have the cd that the laptop came with because it was a hand-me down, come as is. I've been using it since 2006. I cannot do a system restore,... Read more

A:The Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access is denied

Lets hope with a little luck the explanation given in this great tutorial resolves your problem.
User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile

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I have windows 7 and when I turn my dell  laptop on this is the message i get after entering my password. My computer works in safe mode but not in normal mode. How do I get rid of this with out loosing everything on my computer?

A:the group policy client service failed the logon. Access is denied

Before going any further, I would like to verify these situations:
1 Did this issue appear before?
2 Did your PC in a domain?
I suggest to perform some tests which mention in:
Even though they are for Vista, they should be applicable to Windows 7 too.
If this issue persists, you can try to make a system restore:
Perform a system restore in WinRE
  1) Restart PC
  2) Press “F8” and select “Repair Your computer”
  3) choose System Restore.
Also this link may helpful to you:
Hope it helps.
 Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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Please help i have done many searches and i can't seem to find anything to fix my issue.
My computer said it needed to do an update so i let it run the update and it prompted to restart the computer so i did that, i logged to my user account which is the administrator account and it said it didn't recognize my user profile so i was using a temp profile. Somehow my computer was unplugged and when i started it up it brought me to the user log in page i tried to log in and it says group policy client service failed log on access is denied. I can log on the standard user account but not my account which is the administrator account. But i can log on to the administrator account in safe mode. I don't understand and need lots of help to get back in to my account...

A:group policy client service failed logon access is denied

Go into Safe Mode as admin and try a System Restore : Start button / All Programs / Accessories / System Tools / System Restore.

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I am a system administrator. In My organization we have few users who frequently getting the group policy error When they login into their respective machine. They are able to login after typing password multiple times and some times its works after
reboot. We have recreated the uses profiles multiple times and also replaced laptops.

We have also tried to rename the roaming profile of the users in the server. Issue occurs everyday when they login for the first time and for some users it happens when ever they unlock the machine. 

Client OS :  win 8.1
Profile : Roaming 
Can you please help me on this ?

Thanks in Advance :) 

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i'm facing one issue with the roaming profile, when i'm trying to login on all machines (7 machines about) i receive  this error message ''
The Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access denied.

your help please.

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hi, thanks for taking the time to look at my problem.

basically what's wrong is that every time i try to log into my user's profile i get a message saying 'Group Policy Client Service Failed the logon - Access Denied' and then am prevented from logging in. if anyone can help me resolve this issue i would be very grateful. thank you.

A:Group Policy Client Service Failed the logon - Access Denied

Can you provide more details about your setup?

Is this a domain or local account? What Windows Group(s) is it a member of? Do you have other accounts that you can log into?

And just to be sure, have you applied all Vista updates?

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I only have one account on my computer and its my administrative account. When i try to log on this message pops up and it: Group Policy Client Service Failed the logon Access Denied and then it logs me out i cant even enter my computer

I would really appretiated if someone could tell me how to fix it without having to send in my computer for repair and paying 200 something dollars.

Thanks for the help

A:Group Policy Client Service Failed the logon Access Denied

When did this problem begin?
You can try a system restore thru WIN RE.

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Hey, I have my problem of my computer, my computer says "The group policy client failed to logon.

Access is denied".

I tried to use regedit to edit values of mine, but it says access is denied. Also everything of my PC such as changing my themes not working.

My computer got infected, but it must be hijacked by a virus and my major error caused while im getting a crack + keygen for AVC ultimate's license. I've tried EVERYTHING such as antivirus, PC cleaners, etc. and more but still getting access is denied.

1) I've wonder not sure If i download a game, should I get an error access is denied?

2) If im downloading a software such as Audacity, Bittorrent (Except Softwares containing viruses), should I'll get access is denied error?

My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate.

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I have a Dell Vostro running Xp Pro SP3. I was trying to disable Autorun for all devices using the Group Policy editor. I ran gpedit.msc, Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System. Right-moused on Turn Off Autoplay, clicked Properties. It says Not Configured. I clicked "enabled" and "all devices". Then, if I either click Ok or Apply, I get a message that says "The Group Policy snapin was unable to save your changes due to the following error: Access is denied".

I am logged on as the Administrator.

How can I get around this?


A:Access denied saving Group Policy changes

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Hi all,
I received this message when i tried to look at the local group policy setting on one of my machines (Windows XP SP3), which is joined in my domain.
"Failed to open group policy object on this computer. You may not have appropriate rights.
Unspecified error."
note that I am local admin.
It's all started when I was troublshooting WSUS connectivity and i looked at the WinsdowsUpdate.log, the WSUS server was <Null> & WSUS status server <Null>, I tried to force the domain GP by using GPupdate /force, it went fine and asked to
log off, but nothing changed in the WindowsUpdate.log still <Null>. Then i tried to look at the local policy setting.
I searched the internet nothing related to my case.
Thanks in advance for advising.
Mohammed Adel

A:Group policy error: Failed to open group policy object on this computer.

I guess reinstall windows is the solution, I also found one log "event id 1096", related to "registry.pol" it was corrupted.
Mohammed Adel

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Hate to open this topic again but I also have group policy client not starting sometimes.  I may go for weeks of daily start-ups without an error then a few weeks with errors.  I restart until I get a boot with no error.  I believe i only have one administrator account, no guest accounts.  The only problem I really see when the GPC doesn't run is Chrome will not start.  There may be more but I haven't noticed.  One time when client didn't start i looked in service and indeed it was stopped and i could not start it.  There have been times when I did not get an error and it was also stopped and could not be started.  I have seen posts about GPC not being important unless you are in an Active Directory.  I am just curious why it sometimes starts and sometimes doesn't.  I have fairly limited computer knowledge so forgive my rambling.

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For those of you who are trying to figure out what sleepyplamboy62 is referring to with "Hate to open this topic again",  they posted in a topic which was abandoned long ago.  I suggested that they start another topic of their own in order to get a better response to their topic.

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Every single time when my computer boot up, i received a ballon with a error.
After checking the event viewer, i found this record.
"The Group Policy Client service failed to start due to the following error:
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion."
Your help is really appreciated.
TYVM in advance.

A:The Group Policy Client service failed to start.

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After i did a new clean install of vista i am now getting this error "The Group Policy Client service failed to start due to the following error:
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion"

You can only logon the Vista Ultimate if you are an administrator. If you don't have local administrative rights then you can not log in. Ive tried deleteing the profiles and setting them up again renameing the ntuser.dat and deleteing the backup this did not work. Ive tried everything. Read all the post on this forum about this isssue. Still no luck. This is a home computer not on a domain never has been. Any ideas?

A:The Group Policy Client service failed to start

1.Uninstall non-system firewall,antivirus,antimalware
2.If point 1 no help you diagnose your hard disk any tool

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After several months of stable Vista Vista Business edition useage on my Vaio SZ-650 laptop, I now get the following error pop-up from the System Tray after every bootup:

"The Group Policy Client service failed to start"

I do not recall any recent system/driver changes. I am on a local Domain network at work. Does anyone know what could be causing this?

Vista Event Viewer lists the following:
-The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

-Provider[ Name] Service Control Manager[ Guid] {555908D1-A6D7-4695-8E1E-26931D2012F4}[ EventSourceName] Service Control Manager
-EventID7000[ Qualifiers] 49152
Version0Level2Task0Opcode0Keywords0x80000000000000-TimeCreated[ SystemTime] 2008-06-02T14:19:00.000Z
EventRecordID42300Correlation-Execution[ ProcessID] 0[ ThreadID] 0
param1Group Policy Clientparam2%%1053

A:"Group Policy Client failed to start

I should mention the following associated error in Event Viewer:

Certificate Services Client failed to register Group Policy notifications. Error code: 2147944153.

However, this error is listed daily for a couple months

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The system log shows The Group Policy Client service failed to start due to the following error:
The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.

That tells me nothing. I can use the computer because I am the administrator, I can access files, programs, etc. from the task bar or the start menu, but my desktop is blank. I have no idea how to troubleshoot this.

What happened was I shut down the computer this morning because I kinda thought there were some windows updates yesterday. Turned it on this afternoon and it booted fine, but I got the error shown above.

It's been suggested in my searching that there are keys missing now from the registry regarding the Group Policy Editor because of the windows update. This link says Vista, but the gentleman who posted the info posted it in February 2013:


The crash of your computer after Windows Updates most probably caused that. It has nothing to do with Antivirus or anything else.

I had this issue on my laptop since November, and it really bugged me. I sifted through the event log and found the pattern of events that preceded the issue, and, probably, caused it.

In short, the pattern is as follows: Windows updates run automatically as scheduled, and when reboot is initiated after the updates are finished, the computer crashes (probably during reboot sequence). When it boots up, it reports that the last shutdown was unexpected, and the issue beg... Read more

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For the sake of completeness, I'm going to give the full history here. We have a computer running Windows Vista Home Premium. This is on a home network; no domain. The other morning, following a Windows Update and restart, when the user tried to login she received the message "User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded".

We followed online advice to log in with an administrator account and change setting in the registry for the Profile, resetting some values to 0. We also followed instructions to delete the ntuser.dat file; however, we could not locate a file that was just ntuser.dat; they also had long series of numbers after them, apparently indicating that they are temporary files.

After several tries at fixing this, she now gets a different error when she tries to log on: "group policy client service failed to start".

She can log onto the account in Safe mode, and I can log on to her computer using her account from my computer on the same home network without any problems.

We have tried copying the user directory to a new profile, except for the ntuser.dat files, as suggested on Windows help. This took a good 5-6 hours to copy, and the new profile seems to be severely hosed; none of her setting have been carried over, webshots will not run, Firefox keeps asking if she wants to set it as the default browser even after she tells it yes each time, and she can't access the User Accounts settings from the new ... Read more

A:Solved: Group policy client service failed to start error - please help!

I think we've got this resolved. Unfortunately, there have been so many steps that I'm not sure which were neccessary. These includes:
* The instructions here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...gon-user/4ed66b21-c23e-42f1-98b2-706dcf931fae
(changing some registry entries for the profile)
* Uninstalling Symantec, which had an automatic scan that had been interrupted and was stuck not being able to complete or be cancelled.
* The final bit of fix that worked was (hope I'm getting this all right):
1) Clearing the registry entries as above.
2) Renaming the profile folder.
3) Restarting the computer and letting it create a new profile folder with the same name.
4) Copying the ntuser files from the newly created profile to the old profile.
5) Deleting the new profile and renaming the old profile back.
And now things seem to be working, though she had to run setup on some programs again.

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My PC got infected with a w32.virut virus.. so after searchin for a solution.. i had ir removed using symantec virut removal tool.. run the tool while my PC is at safe mode and internet off... And when its all done and restarted my pc at normal mode.. My PC keeps turning off and when i get back on and login to Admintrator acct, i keep getting this.. The Group Policy logon is denied.. The media is write protected Hope someone out here can help me out.. Thanks in advance and more power!!! xoxo

A:Help me plz - Group Policy logon is denied.. The media is write protected

I've sent a message to our security and malware removal specialist asking her to take a look at your problem and see if she has any suggestions. Unfortunately, though she was here when i started the message, she had logged off before I sent it so it may be a while before she responds. In the meantime, try the following:

Do you know when this problem began? Try a System Restore to a point in time BEFORE the problem began. Here's the procedure: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76905-system-restore-how.html. Be sure to check the box to show more than 5 days of restore points. If the first attempt fails, then try an earlier point or two. NOTE: You will have to re-install any software and updates you installed between now and the restore point, but you can use Windows Update for the updates. Use the recovery disk if the system prompt doesn’t work. The recovery disk works a bit different from the above procedures but if you follow the prompts from the System Restore menu option with the above information you should be able to restore with no problems. This may restore the virus as well, so it may need to be removed again, but I would hold off on the procedure you used before as it seems it caused a lot of problems. Let's let our expert advise you what to do if we can at least restore you to working condition but even if we get it working again, I'd try to avoid using it as much as possible - especially going on the internet - as using it may spread the infection (but you c... Read more

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I turned my laptop on to find " The Group Policy Service Failed the logon. Access is denied." I hit Ok and it logs off, then logs back on to run through the same loop. I tried restarting in Safe Mode...nothing! Safe Mode starts to boot up the drivers and gets stuck on crcdisk.sys It brings me back to the user logon screen and continues the same process....I'm stuck, can someone please help on what I should do now??


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I have received new computer from work (they bought too many) and when switch on get message that' the group policy client service failed login. Access is denied' this is the only user profile set up so can't access computer at all. Any suggestions? Thanks++

A:Help group policy service failed log on


I would take it back to them. Then, if you can, ask your IT support department to set it up for you to access the machine!

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We are seeing an issue on one of the machines in the domain where it fails to process all  of the group policies. (user and machine)

Here is one of the system error messages from the event log.

The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows could not apply the registry-based policy settings for the Group Policy object LDAP://CN=Machine,CN={51B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9},CN=Policies,CN=System,DC=domain,DC=local. Group Policy settings will
not be resolved until this event is resolved. View the event details for more information on the file name and path that caused the failure.

C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy and C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicyUser folders are empty.

We attempted to dis-join and then join the domain, however group policy processing issue remains unresolved.
What would be the next troubleshooting step for this problem?

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No matter what I do, I can't get the Group Policy service to start. Looking at MSCONFIG, I see that it is unchecked. But, when I check it and restart, itis unchecked again.

Could this be a possible virus that's changing it at start-up, or something else?

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hi everyone

i have tried to log on to a standard account on my computer and it said that group policy client failed to log on

so i went to check if the service is on but it is off and i can not turn it back on.

please help me find a way to get it working again

A:Group Policy Client failed to logon

See if you can start it with the firewall turned off and try adding it to the firewall exceptions.

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Hi All,
A bit of a generic question here as I don't have much to go on, but over the last month or two so we've started seeing more and more users seeing the "Group Policy Service Failed the Logon" error who then can't log onto the PC. We use roaming profiles
too, so once they see that error it seems to then corrupt their roaming profile stopping them from logging on anywhere.
Other users can log onto the PCs without issue.
We've been seeing the problem occasionally since moving to Windows 7 years ago, but there seems to have been a sudden spike.
We're Windows 7 SP1, patched with the latest updates...

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ok so this group policy client keeps failing

i used a restore point and it was fixed , but a few days later it happened again. I use restore point then it happens a few days later again and so on and so on.

now its been like 7 times it happened.

What the hell Microsoft.
why does this happen all the time?

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I'm typing this message from my old laptop not the computer (sony Vaio) which has the problem.

I wondered if anyone could help me.

My operating system is Windows Vista Home Premium.

When I turn on my computer on the screen I get the message :

'The Group Policy Service failed the logon. Access is denied'.

There is a Sony icon in the middle of the screen. That is the only thing on the screen. When I click that I get the error message above. I thne press the ok button and I go to another screen with only one button.

The is button on the screen is one which offers the options of (in dropdown menu format :


Can anyone suggest how I can get into my computer as there seems no logical way (to my mind) to get into my computer again.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.



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Can anyone please help me fix this? When I attempt to logon I get the following message: "The Group Policy Client Failed The Logon."

(The only way I can logon is to hit the F8 key and go to "Last Known Good Configuration.")

Every solution I search for seems to believe this is ONLY a problem for systems with multiple USER ACCOUNTS.

I have this problem and I have only one User Account on my computer.

The Guest Account is OFF. There has never been a Guest Account set up. I am the Administrator. I even tried turning the User Account Control to OFF but it didn't make any difference.

Can anyone offer a fix? Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:The Group Policy Client Failed The Logon

Hello Macmets, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if doing a System Restore at boot using a restore point dated before this error may be able to fix it for you.

Hope this helps,

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I turned on my computer and I saw this, I searched up the internet for fixes and I haven't found anything, I tried doing a fix from Windows 8/10 which is press Windows Key and R and nothing even came up, please help I keep a lot of my art on that PC.

Sent from my ASUS_X008D using Tapatalk

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We have been getting loads of support calls with the following error, "The group policy service failed the login".  These so far have been Windows 7 machines, 64-bit.
So we have been telling them to hold down their power buttons for 15 seconds to force off the machine.  Turn it back on and then they seem fine.  If we just tell them to restart their machine, most people push the power button once and then it
goes to sleep.  Then when they turn it on it goes to "resuming windows" and they have the same problem.  Hence the need to cold boot it.

But this is getting crazy, almost every Windows 7 computer in the org is doing it.  The only difference is this weeks patches.  Anyone else experience this from the March Cumulative Windows 7 64-bit update?
I know the march updates wiped out some static IP's on a few Server 2008 R2 machines, so we pulled (DECLINED) the Windows Server 2008 R2 March updates.

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I am using Vista Business SP2. Two days ago when I restarted my laptop I received the following message while trying to login to my account,
"The Group Policy Client service failed the logon, Access is denied"
Because of this problem I am locked out of my account and cant get in at all.
I am not sure when did this problem started because usually I put my laptop to sleep while I am not using it. I faced this problem when I restarted. I only had one user account as admin in windows.
I searched for this problem and found that I could try to login via safe mode. I tried and I am able to login to the same account in safe mode. As suggested in search some people said you could try making another account of admin. Maybe it happened because of the profile getting corrupt. Some people said you could modify ntuser.dat file of the affected account. But I could not find that file, although I could see files (two of them) with same name in new account ntuser.datLog1 and ntuser.datLog2.
I cant access my old profile through the new one. 
I would like to ask that is there any possible way to recover my old account along with its data?

A:Group Policy Client service failed the logon

If you can login via safe mode you should be able to create a new user account and transfer the data from the corrupted profile.
Open a command prompt in Safe Mode and type
net user administrator /active:yes
This will enable the hidden administrator account. Reboot the computer and in the Administrator Account create a new admin user. Transfer the data then disable the Administrator account in an elevated command prompt by typing
net user administrator /active:no

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I am using Windows Vista Business Service Pack 2 and having this error while I try to login to my account. 
"Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access is denied".
Earlier on I had only one account (Admin only) but after having this error I was unable to login to my account. I searched on internet and found the one solution to access the affected account in safe mode (to copy the useful data) and make new account.
After continously using the new account for some time (without shutting down my laptop) if I log off from newer account and then login to my old account. I dont get the Group Policy .... error and get logged in to my old account. But the problem is if I shutdown I get the same error and have to repeat the cycle by using the new account for some time and then try to login to older one.
With the new account I am unable to access data from old account and also some of the data in another drive. Is there any permanent solution to this issue without reinstalling the windows.

A:Group Policy Client service failed the logon

Hi jackhero,
Login to old account and use Windows Repair (All In One) utility to reset registry permissions and reset file permissions.

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This pc is workgroup-based, and both active accounts on it are getting this message.  There are two other accounts, but nobody knows the passwords for them.  So I am totally unable to log in.

When I boot into Safe Mode, as soon as I log in I get logged out.
Booting into Last Known Good doesn't work either.
Does anybody have any suggestions?  At the very least, I need to get the data off of this computer.

Thank you in advance,

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Access is denied

Can anyone help with this

I have been into the reg to see if the is a .bak to one of the profiles in Profilelist, but there isn't

I have made a new user to access the machine, and Also Safe Mode can access the faulty account, but not in normal mode


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Access is denied

Can anyone help with this on Win 7

I have been into the reg to see if the is a .bak to one of the profiles in Profilelist, but there isn't

I have made a new user to access the machine, and Also Safe Mode can access the faulty account, but not in normal mode


A:The Group Policy Client Service Failed the Logon

Is your computer a standalone machine, or is it joined to a domain? Try to rename your affected user profile folder in c:\users, and then log in with the affected account. I hope this will work.

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One of my relatives recently got a computer with vista on it. Recently we changed the account to an admistrator. Since then, everytime we try to login, we get an error:
The Group Policy Client server failed the login.
after clicking <OK>
it logs off, bringing you back to the user accounts.

because its the only account, we cant get past this point.
anyone have any advice?

Safe mode does not work, as far as i know...
what should i do?

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Hello everyone !
Im using win 7 professional x64!
i was stupid deleted some files like ( ntuser.dat ... ) in C:\User\Username folder
And now , i can not log in to my desktop screen.
I took most 7hrs to searched and tried tried tried , but i did not work.
1. I can not create New Profile when logged into "safe mode"
2. I do not have any restore points create.
3. I purchased window 7 by online and just download and upgraded from win XP , so i can not repair by that way.
How do i do now , so regret when deleted those files.
How can i get it back ? Can i download or copy those files from another PC?
Please help me this step by step please ! thank you everyone.

A:The group policy client service failed the logon

Boot into safe mode, and enable the hidden administrator account ... then reboot and logon using the administrator account and create a new user account ...

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

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In order to get to anything on my computer I must first enter a password. When I enter my password, I get the message "the Group Policy Client Service failed the sign in, access denied. I am unable to do anything until I can sign in. How do I fix this and prevent it from happening again?!

A:The group policy client service failed the sign in...

You can try performing a System Restore from Windows Recovery Environment (if you have not done this already). To do this, you can follow the steps below:1. Insert your Windows disc and then, restart the computer.2. Press any key when you receive the message "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD"3. Set your preferences for Language to install, Time and currency format, and Keyboard or input method. Click "Next".4. Click "Repair your computer" and select the operating system you want to repair. Click "Next".5. Click "System Restore" and click "Next". Click a suitable restore point and click "Next".6. Confirm the disk you wish to restore and click "Next".7. Click "Finish" and then, click "Yes".8. After the process is complete, click "Restart" to restart your computer.9. Once the computer restarts, click "Close" to confirm that the System Restore was successful. Now, see if you are able to sign-in. The following link can be helpful:http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-security/the-group-policy-client-serv...

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When I turned on my Windows 10 Desktop PC this morning, it said it failed to connect to a Group Policy Service or something similar to that.

Can someone help me out with this, please?

This is my Desktop PC. It's a Acer Aspire XC603G Desktop.

Thanks in advance!

A:Windows failed to connect to a Group Policy Service

Jesse, I would try to go to a restore point prior to the error. The fix involves registry changes.

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I stupidly deleted C:\Users\MyName\ntuser.dat. Now when I try to log on to my account, I get the message "The Group Policy Client service failed the logon." I am now logged on to my Administrator account to post this message. All of my files that I use daily are in the MyName account. I deperately need to be able to access the MyName account. How can I restore the ntuser.dat file?

After posting this, I checked C:\Users\MyName\ntuser.dat and saw that it is now listed after I rebooted the computer, but I still cannot login to my account.

A:The Group Policy Client service failed the logon


I know this is not the answer you want to hear, but what I would recommend doing is creating a new account and copying all your data across. The ntuser.dat file holds the entire "Hkey_Current_User" hive for that user. Your documents will not be damaged, but recovery of that file will be difficult. If you have any problems with restoring your data, such as Outlook files, then just reply back.

If you do want to attempt recovery, see if you can undelete the file using Recuva then copy it back: Recuva - Download If you have any Shadow hard disk copies or backups of this file, then import them now. Else try System Restore, it may just do the trick. If you have to resort to Recuva, then your chances of succes are almost nil.


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Hi! I still can't login to my user account.
I've tried every solution I found all over the web (regedit gpsvc etc)
Please help.
Please see the error message every time I attempt to log in.

A:Group Policy Client Service Failed The Logon

Hi marieneregalado,
This issue might be caused by corrupted user profile.
You could boot into Windows Recovery Environment and rename the folder of your user profile under c:\users.
Also kindly follow the steps as mentioned in the link
D. Wu

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