What client computers need to recognize GP preference settings

If you’ve been exploring Group Policy preferences using Windows Server 2008 or Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows Vista, you may be wondering what client computers require to recognize GP preference settings. After all, GP preference settings weren’t around when Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP were released.


The answer is the Group Policy preference client-side extensions (CSEs). The CSEs are included as part of Windows Server 2008, and will also be available as a separate download for the following operating systems:

·         Windows Vista RTM and later

·         Windows Server 2003 with SP1 and later

·         Windows XP with SP2 and later


To quote one of our product managers, the release of the CSEs to the Microsoft Download Center is “imminent!”


More information:

·         Group Policy preferences announced

·         Group Policy Preferences Frequently Asked Questions

·         An Overview of Group Policy Preferences


Comments (1)

  1. Hi,

    Yesterday on an XP Pro machine (running SP2 & IE6…) I was trying to give a GPP demonstration. Before I could install the CSEs, the CSE installer popped up telling me to XMLLite as a pre-req before I was allowed to install the CSEs.

    This has confused a few people here because there is no mention of XMLLite in nearly all of the GPP documentation, only on the CSE download page will you see it if you take the time to read the entire page.


    I have only found XMLLite in Microsoft Download Catalog under a Zune product category. Is there any way to get it into WSUS besides the Zune category? I’d like to get this onto all of our Server 2003 boxes, but only the CSEs show up un WSUS and not XMLLite.

    Thank you.

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