Notice: This website is an unofficial Microsoft Knowledge Base (hereinafter KB) archive and is intended to provide a reliable access to deleted content from Microsoft KB. All KB articles are owned by Microsoft Corporation. Read full disclaimer for more details.

Policy Changing System Service Permissions Does Not Apply

View products that this article applies to.


When you implement service security settings in Group Policy, the Everyone group is granted Full Control by default. You may not want this setting for security purposes, however, when you use computer-based Group Policy to change permissions, the policy may not be applied and there is no way to change permissions on the service.

After you refresh the policy with Secedit or by restarting the computer, the following problems may occur:
  • The computer does not start automatically at startup.
  • The computer is listed, but every other field is blank.
  • The incorrect settings that are applied cannot be reversed through a policy or any other means.

↑ Back to the top


This behavior occurs because the system account or the service account configured for the service is not granted Full Control of the service.

↑ Back to the top


To resolve this problem, use the following steps to remove the security on the service.

NOTE: Before you use the following steps, you must configure the Group Policy Object (GPO) correctly. To correctly configure a Group Policy to set a permission on a system service, refer to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

256345 Configuring Group Policies to Set Security for System Services

Steps to Reset Permissions to Allow Policy Application

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.


  1. Start Registry Editor (click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK).
  2. Locate the following registry key:


  3. Delete the Security key to reset the permissions on the service.
  4. Restart the computer.


↑ Back to the top


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000.

↑ Back to the top

Keywords: kbenv, kbprb, KB257247

↑ Back to the top

Article Info
Article ID : 257247
Revision : 5
Created on : 3/1/2007
Published on : 3/1/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 173