ADMX File Location

I recently wanted to look at what Group Policy options existed for managing a piece of software, so I downloaded the relevant ADMX files from Microsoft and couldn’t remember what to do with them.

After some quick searching, I found a blog post that answered my question – http://tigermatt.wordpress.com/2009/06/06/where-do-i-put-my-admx-files/

In summary:

  • Copy the ADMX files to %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions (%systemroot% should be C:\WINDOWS).
  • Copy the ADML files (if they exist) to %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions\en-US (again, %systemroot% should be C:\WINDOWS).
  • Restart your Group Policy Management Console for the policy files to appear, no need to add a new template.

Also, a good piece of information that was noted on this blog post was that the ADMX/ADML files don’t need to be present on every machine on the network, just on the machine where you are creating/editing the policies.