Group Policy ADMX and Management Console Downloads

I find myself constantly having to find ADMX files or the RSAT downloads whether for myself or for friends/colleagues that I’m helping solve a problem.  Rather than constantly searching for them, I’ve put together a [hopefully] full list of the RSAT and ADMX downloads for all of Microsoft’s products.  If you see something missing or think something should be added, let me know!

Remote Server Administration Tools / RSAT

Group Policy Preferences CSE (This adds support for Group Policy Preferences in down-level operating systems.)

Administrative Templates / ADM / ADMX



  • [August 19, 2014] Updated to include ADMX download for Windows 8.1 Update/Windows Server 2012 R2 Update. Added link to KB2466373, hotfix to correct backspace not working in the Group Policy Management Console (and other MMC’s).
  • [December 10, 2013] Updated to include ADMX downloads for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Internet Explorer 11.
  • [August 5, 2015] Updated to include ADMX download for Windows 10.
Kyle Beckman

Kyle Beckman

Kyle is a Systems Administrator with 15+ years of experience. He currently works in Higher Education supporting everything from smartphones to desktop PC's to Hyper-V Failover Clusters. (If it has a IP address, he probably supports it!) He has also worked in Small Business IT consulting supporting a wide variety of businesses and non-profit organizations.

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  1. How to install IE 11 ADMX files in win srv 2008 R2 SP1 ?

    1. Here’s an article that I wrote on that explains it: .

  2. I noticed that the IE 9 and IE 10 links only offer the ADM file. Other than installing each of the IE versions and getting their respective ADMX and ADML files, how can I get these files for my central store?

    1. I’m fairly certain you don’t need them for each individual version. I’ve always updated to the latest version as soon as it has been available. The latest files for IE 11 should have all of the 9 and 10 settings also. In looking around, I couldn’t find a downloadable version of the ADMX files for 9 or 10.

  3. Just wanted to say “Thank you very much!” for your link collection. It helped me several times to build a perfect Central Store for several customers. Great Work!

  4. We have multiple clients running Windows Server 2008 with Win7 and Win8.1 clients. Since a few weeks we are have trouble opening GPO’s beacuse of the new element “multiTextBox”.
    I can manage the GPO with the RSAT (Thanks for the links by the way).
    I would just like to be sure that this is the only way.

    Is there still a possibilty to manage these GPO’s on the Windows Server 2008?

  5. Question: Which .admx/.adml files are associated with “Audit Removable Storage Access” under “Advanced Audit Policy Configuration” – the option to audit does not appear on my 2008 R2 domain controller.

    I believe I have the latest files installed, (2012 on up), but the option to audit never appears. The list jumps from “Audit Registry” to “Audit SAM.”

    I have uninstalled and reinstalled GPMC on my domain controller.

    Any insight would be appreaciated

  6. admx files for SafesSender GPO
    Need to import for outlook 2013. Read you can enable vERBOS VS NORMAL STATUS MESSAGE. not finding policies , system.

    I placed the admx files in windows\poldefinitions.

  7. Really want to explore and master GPO, so interesting with the help of the templates of your

  8. Are the ADMX templates cumulative (Windows 10 includes Windows 8.1, Windows 8 & Window 7) or do I have to download and install each one separately?

  9. Do you maybe have time to update your post for Windows 10 1511 and Office 2016? It’s very nice to have a link collection for all ADMX files.

  10. Hi All,

    I am trying to figure out what is the best way to create IT administrators (3 people) and the group policy on Windows server 2008.

    Would you please tell me if there is any best practice for that?

    1. Don’t… 2016 RTM’ed a few weeks ago. Why are you still basing your servers on Server 2008?

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