What is the Group Policy Client (gpsvc) service?

An explanation of the Group Policy Client (gpsvc) service in Windows 7.

What does the Group Policy Client (gpsvc) service do?

The Group Policy Client (gpsvc) service is responsible for applying and enforcing computer settings set by an administrator using Group Policy. Group Policy is commonly used in corporate environments or large networks using a domain controller to enforce Group Policy settings on computers attached to it.

Group Policy Client (gpsvc) service details

  • Service name: gpsvc
  • Description: The service is responsible for applying settings configured by administrators for the computer and users through the Group Policy component. If the service is stopped or disabled, the settings will not be applied and applications and components will not be manageable through Group Policy. Any components or applications that depend on the Group Policy component might not be functional if the service is stopped or disabled.
  • Path to executable: C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Group Policy Client (gpsvc) service?

Your computer doesn’t need the gpsvc service to run, but if you disable it settings can’t be managed by an administrator using Group Policy.

Should I disable the Group Policy Client (gpsvc) service?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the gpsvc service alone.

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  1. Madelyn Beel says:

    I am 83 years old I don’t understand why I need all this fancy stuff
    when all I really need is email, weather skype and explorer etc. Not
    office ect.ect. Email has not worked for three days yuk.

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