Group Policy error: is not in a valid format

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Symptoms You may receive a Group Policy daily summary email with the error: The file "\\DC01.corp.<MyDomain>.com\sysvol\corp.<MyDomain>.com\Policies\{31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9}\Machine\registry.pol" is not in a valid format. The file might be corrupt. Use Group Policy Object Editor to reconfigure the settings in this extension.
Cause The group policy is corrupted or it is not in a valid format. If you open the Group Policy Management Console > high-light the group policy in question and navigate to > settings tab it will most likely return you an error message.
Resolution First of all you need to find out the affected policy. In the error message "\\DC01.corp.<MyDomain>.com\sysvol\corp.<MyDomain>.com\Policies\{31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9}\Machine\registry.pol" is not in a valid format - 31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9 is the GUID of the affected group policy. To find out the GUID of a group policy open GMPC > high-light a group policy and open Detains tab > Unique ID is the GUID of a GPO.


There are 3 possible solutions:

1. If you receive an error in the GPMC > GPO Settings you may meed to restore it from a backup or create anew.

2. This error may also appear when you enable the "Certificate Services Client – Certificate Enrollment Policy" policy. Please refer to the following MS article regarding this issue -

3. Restore default domain GPOs from backup. Logon to any domain controller > open command prompt and type: dcgpofix / (replace with your domain name)
For more information please refer to the following article -
NOTE: This solution is intended for use only as a last-resort disaster-recovery tool. The customer settings will be reset.

4. If you have any Antivirus software installed on the affected domain controller please check the Virus scanning recommendations for Enterprise computers -

5. You may also omit the errors.
To do that please open the file omitproplist_gp.txt located in the installation folder of the product and put the following to the file  in a new line:
*The file * is not in a valid format and must be replaced.*

If you didn't find a solution please refer to the following Microsoft article regarding this issue -
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