Group Policy Preferences Regional Settings not saved.

When you are using GPO prefernces to set Regional Settings on computers or Citrix / Terminal Servers you might see that even if you change to the region
you want to use it is not saved the next time you open the GPO . And the name of the Regional setting is End User Default Local instead of the name of the region.
In my case Swedish (Sweden).

If you read in the GPO you see :
This option affects how some programs format numbers, currencies, dates, and time.
The enabled (green underline) selected locale will become the end-user’s default locale when this policy is applied otherwise all settings apply to the end-user’s default locale. the locale may be customized on subsequent property pages.

The keyword here is the green underline.
But how do you get the green underline?

The answer is simple when you know it. You need to use the F5 – F8 key’s

F5 – Mark all settings on the page as “green” (apply all)
F6 – Mark current setting as “green” (apply this setting)
F7 – Mark current setting as “red” (don’t apply this setting)
F8 – Mark all settings on the page as “red” (don’t apply).

Have fun GPO-ing

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38 Responses to Group Policy Preferences Regional Settings not saved.

  1. Bruno Villeneuve says:

    Dude, i owe you a beer for that.
    Thanks a lot.

  2. Simon Erichstrup says:

    I’ll second that Bruno! :)
    Thx Christoffer.

  3. Kevin Gair says:

    I will buy the third beer…
    Thanks so much, this helped me stax!!

  4. Guilherme Neto says:

    I’ll get you a forth beer! Thank you very much

  5. simon says:

    ill get the shots in

  6. Puso says:

    Well ill get the 5th and 6th beer! Thanx a bunch. hope you are not a light drinker

  7. i’ll get you a box of beer! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Nate says:

    I’ll get the strippers.
    Thanks for the tip, appreciated.

  9. Daniel Lauritzen says:

    My god… Thank you! Ill get some liquor for this – “epic party in the making” :)

  10. vijay says:

    Thanks alot for your information

  11. Robbie Singh says:

    dude, you are getting a entire case of beer. excellent work.- saved me a ton of time

  12. Tony says:

    So grateful for this. I have 4 PCs (out of 25), that for whatever reason, seem to think they were in the United States. All installed from the same WDS image.
    This solved a major headache for me.
    Virtual beer to you!!

  13. Joseph says:

    Dude Thanks so much for this this has been doing my head in so so much. Whiskey shots on me :D

  14. Jim says:

    You’d think they would put this somewhere in there to let you know. With all this beer, I’ll get the taxi home. Thanks bro!

  15. Clyde says:

    I had to apply the F5 four times to get it to accept.
    This is another example of idiotic design by MS. Making a simple task an exercise in frustration and time wasting. Their new mantra should be KISS!

  16. Felix says:

    Thanks man, I was starting to think I’m crazy but it turns out it’s just some more MS bullshit.

  17. Simon says:

    Brilliant. If you come to Kalmar, I (we) will definitely buy a couple of beer!

  18. Nick Khor says:

    One more beer count on me, let me know if you come to Malaysia :D

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  20. Thabani Hadebe says:

    Life saver! Whiskey shots for everyone in this post if you come to Ireland.

  21. Carlos says:

    My man, you are THE MAN.
    I’ll bring the KEG.

  22. Shane says:

    I feel like a beer now after all that…
    Nice work man!

  23. Mikael Hansen says:

    If you’re ever in Copenhagen, then you sir, will have a beer on me! his was driving me NUTS! Thank you!

  24. Frazer Fry says:

    OMG Thank you for this!!!

  25. Lee Quinn says:

    Excellent, thank you very much was not even aware of the colouring as a factor.

  26. O Son says:

    Beer awaits you in Norway!!

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  28. Em Jay says:

    Beer in Germany, we have the best of it.

  29. Vipin Sharma says:

    Thanks man, You saved my life today :)

  30. Sam says:

    I bring the girls

  31. Jesse says:

    I too feel as though I owe you copious amounts of hookers and blow. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. USA

  32. Moorken says:

    thanks a million, was looking for a long time for a correct answer for this!

  33. Adam says:

    Really useful article – many thanks and many beers for that.
    But, WTF? Who thought that pressing some random F-keys, was the best way of doing this – especially as there is no help whatsoever in the GPO Editor to tell you these keys are what you need to press.

  34. Alex says:

    Thank you! I have a beer with your name in Catalonia!

  35. Vipul Shah says:

    Thanks. Done!

  36. Harrie says:

    The F5-F8 keys part was really helpful to me, exactly what I needed. Thanks a lot!

  37. Chris says:

    Your probably a raging alcoholic due to the amount of beers you have received but just wanted to say thanks for pointing out this really obscure setting which I would have never tried in a 100 years!

  38. Shaun says:

    Thank you

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