Adding Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 Administrative Templates

If you have a Domain Controller older than Windows Server 2012 R2, you will need to import Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 Administrative Templates to your Group Policy Management. This will give you a chance to use policies designed for the latest MS operating systems.

  • Download msi file from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=41193
  • Double-click on msi file to unpack the Policy Definitions (default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows 8.1-Windows Server 2012 R2\PolicyDefinitions)
  • Copy en-us folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows 8.1-Windows Server 2012 R2\PolicyDefinitions\en-us) and all admx files to PolicyDefinitions folder
  • Navigate to ‘C:\Windows\sysvol\domain\Policies’ and create a folder PolicyDefinitions
  • Close Group Policy console and re-open
  • Check that new Server 2012 R2 group policy settings appeared (i.e. you can see “Start Screen Layout” group policy object in ‘User Configuration \ Polices \ Administrative Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar’

5 thoughts on “Adding Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 Administrative Templates

  1. Michael Buck

    Hi,

    This doesn’t appear to work.

    I’ve downloaded and installed the msi file on Server 2013. I then copy the contents of the en-us folder to a new folder in “C:\Windows\sysvol\domain\Policies” called “PolicyDefinitions”.. (I think that’s what you are saying to do.

    I close/open gpedit.msc, go to the group policy object and there’s none of the new stuff.

    I think this is because I’m trying to edit an existing policy (C:\WINDOWS\SYSVOL\domain\Policies\{D0C35931-3CF6-466B-B015-550A538EF48D)….. can I paste the PolicyDefinitions in there?

    Any help appreciated.

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  2. Kitt

    Thank you so much! This is the first time I have found simple and easy to follow instructions on how to do this.

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  3. Mark Kiggen

    Author wrote:

    * Copy en-us folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows 8.1-Windows Server 2012 R2\PolicyDefinitions\en-us) and all admx files to PolicyDefinitions folder

    *Navigate to ‘C:\Windows\sysvol\domain\Policies’ and create a folder PolicyDefinitions

    These two instructions should be in reverse order!

    First create the PolicyDefinitions folder under sysvol\domain\Policies and THEN
    copy the extracted folders to it

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