EMCO Remote Shutdown and Setting Windows 8(.1) Remote Registry by Group Policy Object (GPO)

As I have mentioned in a previous blog post, several clients who have been using this software for several years with their fleets of Windows 7 desktops with great success. This however changed when testing during the Windows 8.1 deployment we found that it does not work for 8/8.1 this is due to the Remote Registry service no longer being enabled by default.

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Now rather than wanting to update the machines manually or to change the service status in the image, I wanted to start this service as this will ensure that all devices turn it on and when I or someone else creates a new image in future, it is one less thing to do. It turns out this is easier to do than I thought it would be.

First you need to open up ” Group Policy Management “, find the policy you want to edit by expanding the appropriate trees (or create a new policy within the right scope), right click on it and select ” Edit “. This is a computer policy so if like me you limit your GPO’s to work on only users OR computers (Best Practice), then make sure you select a computer enabled policy.

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Once you have opened the ” Group Policy Management Editor ” then you will need to navigate the tree (in the left hand column) to ” Computer Configuration ” > ” Policies ” > ” Windows Settings ” > ” Security Settings ” > ” System Services ” and then in the right hand column search out ” Remote Registry “, double click on this to open the ” Remote Registry Properties ” box.

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In this box, select the ” Define this policy setting ” checkbox, which will then in turn enable the options below it, and you simply want to change the ” Select service startup mode ” radio buttons system to ” Automatic

Now after a group policy update (which can be forced on individual machines via ” gpupdate /force “, without the quotes) and a reboot, the machines will have the ” Remote Registry ” started and running

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