I assigned an application using Windows group policy, and checked the "Uninstall this application when it falls out of scope of management" box. Now I've changed my mind, and want to leave the application installed after I remove computers from the group. (Long story short, the app doesn't play well with Group Policy, so I need to go back to manual installation, and I want to remove the group and GPO entirely.)

It seemed to be working at first, after I unchecked the "Uninstall..." box on the GPO, and restarted the target computer before removing it from the group. Now, though, it insists on removing the software when I restart the computer. Is it just a matter of the policy not being updated on the target computers yet? Or am I missing another step?

(I've searched around on this question and haven't found the answer. Glad I found this group.)

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You probably didn't wait long enough for the machine to pick up the change in GP. If memory serves, the default is 90 minutes, but don't quote me. If you want to bypass that wait, use GPUPDATE:GPUPDATE /FORCE /TARGET:COMPUTER
Answered 03/06/2010 by: VBScab
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I did both (waited overnight, and ran GPUDPATE) and it's still uninstalling on about half of the workstations, and it seems pretty random.
At the rate I'm going, by the time I get it figured out I'll be all done making the changes anyway, but I'd love to figure it out.

Thanks for your help,
Answered 03/09/2010 by: jsull
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