The processing of Group Policy failed. Event ID 1096

In my case there was a machine with bad sectors on hard disk and group policy settings were failing to apply. In System Event Log there was error event id 1096 :

The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows could not apply the registry-based policy settings for the Group Policy object LocalGPO. Group Policy settings will not be resolved until this event is resolved. View the event details for more information on the file name and path that caused the failure.
After imaging the hard disk with new one (bad sector free), group policy settings were still failing to apply. Since this machine had bad sectors, there was a problem with local policy file. So, after renaming registry.pol into registry.bak from c:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine, and refreshing the policy with gpupdate /force, group policy settings started to apply and error event 1096 was history from System event log.


  1. It's a bit uncanny that this post helped me resolve a GP issue two years later, to the date!

  2. 4 years later for me, this has helped! Annoying how something so simple can fix something so frustrating!

  3. LOL, seems like every two years this issue pops up. I concluded registry.pol was corrupt and causing SCCM to fail to deploy updates to the client. Followed the suggestion - Success. Thank you.


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