Configure a Regional Options Item

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

You configure Regional Options just as you would in Regional and Language Options in Control Panel . Select the User Locale on the Regional Options tab. This selection resets the values on the remaining tabs; however, you can then modify the remaining values.


Unlike other preference extensions, you can only update Regional Options preference items. For this reason, the preference item does not provide a choice of actions.

Creating a Regional Options item

To create a new Regional Options preference item

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console . Right-click the Group Policy object (GPO) that should contain the new preference item, and then click Edit .

  2. In the console tree under User Configuration , expand the Preferences folder, and then expand the Control Panel Settings folder.

  3. Right-click the Regional Options node, point to New , and select Regional Options .

  4. In the New Regional Options Properties dialog box, enter regional options settings for Group Policy to configure or remove. (For more information, see Enable and Disable Settings in a Preference Item.)

  5. Click the Common tab, configure any options, and then type your comments in the Description box. (For more information, see Configure Common Options.)

  6. Click OK . The new preference item appears in the details pane.

Additional considerations

  • Settings that are unavailable cannot be enabled or disabled. You cannot configure these settings using a Regional Options preference item.

  • You can use item-level targeting to change the scope of preference items.

  • Preference items are available only in domain-based GPOs.

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