Let’s check about how to download Windows 10 Administrative Templates. Microsoft releases Windows 10 versions twice a year with release new administrative templates settings added in each version of Windows 10. In this post, you will get details of introduces 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 details of 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
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.
Administrative Templates – Overview
Administrative Templates files are divided into .admx files and language-specific .adml files for use by Group Policy administrators. The changes that are implemented in these files let administrators configure the same set of policies by using two languages. Administrators can configure policies by using the language-specific .adml files and the language-neutral .admx files.
How to Download Administrative Templates for Windows 10
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.
Once you completed downloading of 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.
- Accept End-User License Agreement (EULA), Click Next.
- This file will extract to the default location –
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\<version-specific>\PolicyDefinitionsfolder. Leave it to default and click Next.
Once you have been successfully extracted download Windows 10 Administrative Templates , 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.
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 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.
You may get more details in next posts about how to use 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 to replicate Windows-based policy files in a domain environment.