Event ID 1085 — Application of Group Policy

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Group Policy uses the information collected during preprocessing to apply settings to the computer or user. The Group Policy service cycles through each client-side extension, sharing the previous collected information. Each client-side extension then applies its specific policy settings to the computer or users. During this process, one or more client-side extensions may report problems when attempting to apply policy settings.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 1085
Source: Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy
Version: 6.0
Symbolic Name: gpEvent_EXT_FAILED
Message: Windows failed to apply the %8 settings. %8 settings might have its own log file. Please click on the "More information" link.


Correct a Group Policy extension failure

The following Group Policy client-side extensions provide instructions to further diagnose the problem:

The following Group Policy client-side extensions do not provide additional troubleshooting information at this time:

  • Wireless
  • Folder Redirection
  • Disk Quotas
  • QoS Packet Scheduler
  • Internet Explorer Zone Mapping
  • Windows Search
  • Security
  • Deployed Printer Connections
  • Internet Explorer Branding
  • EFS Recovery
  • 802.3
  • Offline Files
  • IP Security
  • Enterprise QoS


Group Policy applies during computer startup and user logon. Afterward, Group Policy applies every 90 to 120 minutes. Events appearing in the event log may not reflect the most current state of Group Policy. Therefore, you should always refresh Group Policy to determine if Group Policy is working correctly.

To refresh Group Policy on a specific computer:

  1. Open the Start menu. Click All Programs and then click Accessories.
  2. Click Command Prompt.
  3. In the command prompt window, type gpupdate and then press ENTER.
  4. When the gpupdate command completes, open the Event Viewer.

Group Policy is working correctly if the last Group Policy event to appear in the System event log has one of the following event IDs:

  • 1500
  • 1501
  • 1502
  • 1503

Application of Group Policy

Group Policy Infrastructure