Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates for All Versions

Let’s check out how to download Windows 10 Administrative Templates. Microsoft releases Windows 10 versions twice a year, with release new administrative templates and settings added in each version of Windows 10.

In this post, you will introduce Windows 10 Administrative Templates (.admx) settings details.

Windows 10 new Group Policy settings details of the device and user configurations available in Administrative Templates. If you are looking to get Group Policy Settings added in Windows 10, version 20H2, and earlier. You can refer to this blog post – What’s New Group Policy Settings Available in Different Versions of Windows 10

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Let’s quickly check the List of New Group Policy Settings in Windows 10 21H1. To view ADMX spreadsheets of the new settings available in later operating system versions, see Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet for Windows 10.

This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the Administrative template files delivered for Windows 10. 

Windows 11 Administrative template for the first version of Windows 11 21H2 (find the list of Windows 11 Group policies) is released now. Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet for Windows 11 October 2021 Update (21H2) and ADMX Templates for Windows 11 October 2021 Update [21H2].

Administrative Templates – Overview

Administrative Templates files are divided into .admx files and language-specific .adml files for use by Group Policy administrators. The changes implemented in these files let administrators configure the same set of policies using two languages.

Administrators can configure policies using language-specific .adml files and language-neutral .admx files.

How to Download Administrative Templates for Windows 10

Windows 10, version 21H2

Note – v2.0 version contains 1 more ADMX file, named tenantrestrictions.admx and modifications to few ADMX files.

Windows 10, version 21H1

Windows 10, version 20H2

Windows 10, version 2004

Windows 10, version 1909

Windows 10, version 1903

Windows 10, version 1809

Windows 10, version 1803

Windows 10, version 1709

Windows 10, version 1703

Windows 10, version 1511

Download Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows

  • To Download Administrative Templates (.admx).
  • Select your Windows Version from the above list. Select the link.

For Example – I selected Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 May 2021 Update (21H1)

  • You’ll be redirected to the Download Center details page for your device.
  • On the download page that opens, Validate the Windows version details.
  • Click on the Download button.
Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates
Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates

Once you completed downloading an *.MSI file for Windows 10.

Extract the admx and adml files

Copy the downloaded file (.MSI) to your device.

Double-click the file to start the installation. Click Next.

Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates
Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates
  • Accept End-User License Agreement (EULA), Click Next.

This file will extract to the default locationC:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\version-specific\PolicyDefinitions folder. Could you leave it to default and click Next?

Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates
Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates

Once successfully extracted, download Windows 10 Administrative Templates and click the Finish button to exit the setup wizard.

You can find the extracted PolicyDefinitions folder stores all .admx files and .adml files for all languages in the destination folder – C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows Version\PolicyDefinitions folder as shown below.

Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates
Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates

Copy Policy Files to Source Location

Copy all files from the PolicyDefinitions folder on a source computer to the new PolicyDefinitions folder on the domain controller from the source location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder on Windows 10-based client computer.

Important – Make sure you made a backup of existing policies from the source location

The PolicyDefinitions folder on the Windows domain controller stores all .admx files and .adml files for all languages enabled on the client computer.

The .adml files are stored in a language-specific folder. If .adml files for additional languages are required, you must copy the folder that contains the .adml files for that language to the Central Store.

Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates
Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates

You may get more details in the next posts about using the new .admx and .adml files to create and administer registry-based policy settings in Windows and how the Central Store is used to store and replicate Windows-based policy files in a domain environment.

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About Author, -> Jitesh has over 5 years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus is Windows 10, Windows 11 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.

3 thoughts on “Download Windows 10 Administrative Templates for All Versions”

  1. Hi, just an fyi about the templates. I noticed that in the 21H2 policies, the ADMX “printing2.admx” was updated (date in 2021), however the Printing2.adml was not(date in 2019); so if you do that update and see weirdness when viewing these policies, this may be the reason.

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  2. I see 21h2 has a version 2 that got released last month. Is there any changes between v1 and v2? Would it be safe to continue with V2 or stick with V1? Only asked because your link is to v1. Great article. Thanks for your help.

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    • Hi Scott, v2.0 version contains 1 more ADMX file compare to v1.0, named tenantrestrictions.admx and modifications to few ADMX files.. You can proceed with the latest available version.

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