Long string error viewing/editing Group Policy in GPO editor

by Bharat Suneja

If you try to view/edit a GPO in the Group Policy Object Editor on Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 Server or Windows XP SP1, you get the following error:
The following entry in the [strings] section is too long and has been truncated.

Why does this happen? Older version of GPO Editor cannot interpret some string types with more than 255 characters. You will typically see it when you edit the GPO from a workstation and later try to view/edit the GPO from the domain controller (or another workstation/server). KB842933 explains this in detail and has hotfixes.

Windows 2000 (SP3/SP4): Windows2000-KB842933-x86-ENU.EXE

Windows XP: WindowsXP-KB842933-v3-x86-enu.exe
NOTE: Not an issue with Windows XP SP1.

Windows Server 2003: WindowsServer2003-KB842933-x86-enu.EXE

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