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Microsoft KB Archive/159936

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Using the Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 95 System Policy Editor

Article ID: 159936

Article Last Modified on 4/23/2007


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95

This article was previously published under Q159936


You can use the Windows NT and Windows 95 System Policy Editors (Poledit.exe) interchangeably to create policy files for and on different operating systems.


The Windows NT System Policy Editor can run on both Windows NT version 4.0 and Windows 95, but cannot run on previous versions of Windows NT. The Windows 95 System Policy Editor runs on only Windows 95. However, you must run System Policy Editor on the operating system for which you intend to create policy files.

For example, if User1 uses Windows 95 and User2 uses Windows NT Workstation, run System Policy Editor on Windows 95 to create User1's system policy file, and then run System Policy editor on Windows NT Workstation or Windows NT Server to create User2's system policy file.

Although Windows NT Server version 4.0 provides .adm files for both the Windows NT and Windows 95 platforms, the files should be loaded only on the appropriate operating system you are creating policy files for. For example, when creating system policy files on Windows NT, load Winnt.adm, and when creating system policy files on Windows 95, load Windows.adm. Common.adm can be used with both operating systems.

Note: Windows NT Workstation does not include System Policy Editor. To run System Policy Editor under Windows NT Workstation, install Poledit.exe from the Windows NT Workstation Resource Kit.

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