Restore Missing Folders to the Group Policy Editor in Windows XP

When you open the Group Policy Editor in Windows XP Professional, some of the categories under Administrative Templates may be missing. For example, when you expand Administrative Templates, the System category may be missing. This article provides information on how to restore the missing folders to the Group Policy Editor.

Add the Missing ADM File

Method 1

1. Open the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

2. Expand Computer Configuration

3. Right-click Administrative Templates, and click Add/Remove Templates…

4. Click Add…

5. Select the file system.adm and click Open

6. Click Close.

Method 2

Using Windows Explorer, copy the file system.adm from the C:\Windows\INF folder to C:\Windows\system32\GroupPolicy folder. In a standard Windows XP installation, the target folder has the following ADM files by default:

  • conf.adm
  • inetres.adm
  • wmplayer.adm
  • wuau.adm
  • system.adm

Copying the missing file from the ADM folder should restore the missing folder in the Group Policy Editor. If that does not work, make sure that filtering is turned off.

Turn Off Filtering

1. Expand Computer Configuration, and select Administrative Templates

2. From the View menu, click Filtering…

3. Uncheck the following checkboxes:

  • Filter by Requirements information
  • Only show configured Policy settings

4. Click OK.

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15 thoughts on “Restore Missing Folders to the Group Policy Editor in Windows XP”

  1. Thank you so much for this answer!!!! I talked to five people at Dell’s tech support and was on hold for a very long time hoping for answer to this problem. While on hold I found your answer via google.

  2. conf.adm
    ( i dont have this file in my inf folder.. how to get that files?

  3. I tried this on another computer which I am trying to fix but when I tried to add system.adm to the policy templates, it said it was already there and sure enough in the policy templates it is there. But then when I click on the Administrative Template folder in either Computer Configs or User Configs, no files appear on the right hand side.


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