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Undoing group policy settings after uninstalling OneCare RRS feed

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    I used OneCare for a trial period and then uninstalled it, during the time I trialed it I enabled network monitoring  but never installed OneCare on other comuters in the network but had no problems with file,folder or printer sharing.

    After uninstalling I continued to run with the Windows firewall and then I decided to try a different Firewall. I then discovered that I couldn't turn off Windows firewall due to Group Policy settings. A bit of research told me that I should be able to change this using GPEdit, but when I tried to run it I got a message saying the feature wasn't available, further research showed that Group Policy is a feature of XP Professional only, I 'm running XPHome edition. More research in these forums led me to a clean up utility which can be used after uninstalling OneCare to restore previous settings, I ran this and I am now able to control Windows Firewall, however the firewall window is still showing that Group Policy is protecting some of my settings and I am now finding that I am unable to view folders and files stored on this computer through my other computers even though the other computers can "see"  the folders and files.

    Can someone please tell me what I need to do to remove Group Policy settings completely in order that I can restore folder and file sharing?

     

    Friday, February 29, 2008 3:18 PM

Answers

  • You can contact OneCare support since it is the cause of the problem - 

    How to reach support (FAQ) - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2

     

    Or, you can try this -

    Start/Run - type "regedit" without the quotes, click OK

    Delete these Registry keys if they exist:

     

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Polici­es\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall

    \DomainProfile \EnableFirewall=0 (DWORD data type)

     

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Polici­es\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall

    \StandardProfile \EnableFirewall=0 (DWORD data type)

    WARNING - editing the registry could cause your PC to be unusable.

    -steve

     

    Saturday, March 1, 2008 1:48 AM
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  • You can contact OneCare support since it is the cause of the problem - 

    How to reach support (FAQ) - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2

     

    Or, you can try this -

    Start/Run - type "regedit" without the quotes, click OK

    Delete these Registry keys if they exist:

     

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Polici­es\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall

    \DomainProfile \EnableFirewall=0 (DWORD data type)

     

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Polici­es\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall

    \StandardProfile \EnableFirewall=0 (DWORD data type)

    WARNING - editing the registry could cause your PC to be unusable.

    -steve

     

    Saturday, March 1, 2008 1:48 AM
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  •  

    Thanks Steve,

     

    I think I will have to contact OneCare support as those registry keys don't exist entirely as you described.... got as far as DomainProfile and StandardProfile but both those folders are coming up empty, I did try deleting these folders anyway but I had problems connecting to the internet, so I used system restore to get back to where I was and then discovered my router had crashed. I haven't got a clue if the 2 events are connected but I'm playing safe for now and leaving them alone.

     

    Thanking you again for your help. Len. 

    Saturday, March 8, 2008 8:32 PM
  • Good luck, Len.

    -steve

     

    Monday, March 10, 2008 1:57 PM
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