Undo Group Policy uninstall option

I assigned an application using Windows group policy, and checked the "Uninstall this application when it falls out of scope of management" box. Now I've changed my mind, and want to leave the application installed after I remove computers from the group. (Long story short, the app doesn't play well with Group Policy, so I need to go back to manual installation, and I want to remove the group and GPO entirely.)

It seemed to be working at first, after I unchecked the "Uninstall..." box on the GPO, and restarted the target computer before removing it from the group. Now, though, it insists on removing the software when I restart the computer. Is it just a matter of the policy not being updated on the target computers yet? Or am I missing another step?

(I've searched around on this question and haven't found the answer. Glad I found this group.)


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Answers (3)

Posted by: anonymous_9363 14 years ago
Red Belt
You probably didn't wait long enough for the machine to pick up the change in GP. If memory serves, the default is 90 minutes, but don't quote me. If you want to bypass that wait, use GPUPDATE:GPUPDATE /FORCE /TARGET:COMPUTER
Posted by: jsull 14 years ago
Yellow Belt
I did both (waited overnight, and ran GPUDPATE) and it's still uninstalling on about half of the workstations, and it seems pretty random.
At the rate I'm going, by the time I get it figured out I'll be all done making the changes anyway, but I'd love to figure it out.

Thanks for your help,
Posted by: prince0052 3 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
To uninstall client software with an Active Directory Group Policy Object
On the Windows Taskbar, click 
Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > Group Policy Management
The version of Windows that you use may display 
 instead of 
All Programs
 in the 
In the 
Group Policy Management
 window, in the console tree, expand the domain, expand 
Computer Configuration
, expand 
Software Settings
, right-click 
Software Installation
, and then click 
On the 
 tab, check 
Uninstall this application when it falls out of the scope of management
, and then click 
In the right pane, right-click the software package, and then click 
In the 
Remove Software
 dialog box, check 
Immediately uninstall the software from users and computers
, and then click 
Close the 
Group Policy Object Editor
 window, and then close the 
Group Policy Management
The software uninstalls when the client computers are restarted.
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