If the Group Policy registry.pol folder is missing from system32 in Windows 10, you can try the 3 tips in this tutorial to fix this problem. FYI, MiniTool software designs professional data recovery software, system backup and restore software, hard drive partition manager to help you deal with computer issues.
All Group Policy settings are stored in a registry.pol file. If you find that the Group Policy folder is missing from system32, this post introduces some ways to help you fix registry.pol file missing error in Windows 10.
Group Policy Registry.pol Folder Location Windows 10
You can open File Explorer and go to the location C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine\. And from there, you can check if the registry. pol file exists or not. If the registry.pol file is missing, check the tips below to fix it.
Run SFC or DISM to Fix Group Policy Folder Missing from System32
You can run Windows built-in free SFC scan tool to check and repair corrupt or missing system files. You can try to run SFC Scannow in Windows 10 to fix registry.pol missing Windows 10 error.
Press Windows + R, type cmd, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter, and click OK in User Account Control window to open elevated Command Prompt.
Then you can type sfc scannow in Command Prompt window, and press Enter.
After the SFC scan, you can further type the command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth, and hit Enter.
Check if it fixes Group Policy registry.pol missing error in Windows 10.
Recreate Missing registry.pol File
You can open and run Command Prompt or PowerShell as administrator in Windows 10.
Type the command gpupdate /force, and hit Enter. This will refresh Group Policy and recreate the Group Policy registry.pol file.
Related: Repair corrupt Group Policy Windows 10.
Fix registry.pol Missing Windows 10 by Resetting Group Policy
You can also try to reset Group Policy to default to see if it can restore missing Group Policy folder in Windows 10.
Still, you can start Command Prompt as administrator. Then you can type the following commands, and press Enter after typing each command.
- RD /S /Q ”%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers”
- RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy”
- gpupdate /force
After this, you can restart your computer to check if the problem has been solved.
Recover Missing Files in Windows 10 with MiniTool Power Data Recovery
You can use free data recovery software to try to recover missing files from your Windows 10 computer.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is a professional data recovery program compatible with Windows 10/8/7.
You can get this 100% clean and free data recovery software on your Windows computer, and use it to recover lost/deleted files from PC, laptop, external hard drive, SSD, USB, SD card, etc.
It helps recover data due to various computer problems or other data loss situations. Therefore, you can try it to see if it can help restore missing Group Policy folder in Windows 10.
- Free download and install MiniTool Power Data Recovery in your Windows 10 computer.
- Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery, and click This PC. Then choose C drive in the right window, and click Scan button to scan all data on the drive.
- After the scan completes, you can check the scan result to see if the missing registry.pol file is recovered and click Save button to specify a new folder to store it.
Hope this helps you fix Group Policy registry.pol folder missing Windows 10 error. If you have better ideas, please do not hesitate to share with us.