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Add or Remove Classic Administrative Templates

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

Classic Administrative Template files (also known as ADM files) are not authored using XML. Earlier versions of the Local Group Policy Editor displayed these settings under the Administrative Templates node.

The current version of Administrative Template files are authored using XML (known as ADMX files). The Local Group Policy Editor displays these settings under the Administrative Templates node. However, the Local Group Policy Editor still recognizes ADM files and displays these settings under the Classic Administrative Templates node, which is a child node to Administrative Templates .

To add or remove a classic Administrative Template file (.adm file)

  1. Using the Local Group Policy Editor, open the Local Group Policy object you want to edit.

  2. In the console tree, under either Computer Configuration or User Configuration , right-click Administrative Templates .

  3. Click Add/Remove Templates .

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To add a template, click Add . In the Policy Templates dialog box, click the template you want to add, and then click Open .

    • To remove a template, in the Current Policy Templates list, click the template, and then click Remove .

Additional considerations

  • To complete this procedure, you must have Edit setting permission to edit a GPO. By default, members of the Domain Administrators security group, the Enterprise Administrators security group, or the Group Policy Creator Owners security group have Edit setting permission to edit a GPO.

  • Local Group Policy Editor and the Resultant Set of Policy snap-in are available in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Enterprise. For more information, see

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