Enable Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.Msc) In Windows


One of the very main differences between Windows 10 Pro edition and Windows 10 Home edition is the networking management capabilities. The other differences include the exclusion of Group Policy Editor (Gpedit) for Windows 10 Home Edition. In fact, the Group Policy Editor is not available in any Home or Starter edition of Windows, be it Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

This is a serious drawback as we need the group policies even for managing settings of the local computer. The group policy is better than changing the settings through Windows Registry which is much more risky. Most of the group policy settings can be reverted easily while Registry editing can have adverse effects on the system.

In this article, we will guide you to install the Group Policy Editor for Windows 10 Home edition. This method can be used in Windows 7 and Windows 8 too.

Download Group Policy Editor Installer

Since the Group Policy Editor is not included in Windows 10 by default, we will need to download the editor first. You may download it from the below mentioned download link.

This is a simple setup file which when run will install and configure the Group Policy Editor in your Windows Home system.

Installing Gpedit.msc Correctly

If you have 32-bit Windows (x86) then the setup should install smoothly without any problems and you should be able to access the Group Policy Editor through the Microsoft Management Console by going to Run –> gpedit.msc. But if you have 64-bit Windows (x64) then you will need some extra steps after running the installer. Follow the steps below after running the installer:

  1. Go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder
  2. Copy the following folders and files to C:\Windows\System32
    GroupPolicy“, “GroupPolicyUsers” and gpedit.msc.

This will make sure that you can run the editor from the Run dialog.

Solving Common Problems Running gpedit.msc

In case you are getting “MMC could not create the snap-in” error message while starting gpedit.msc, you may follow the steps below for the solution:

  • Go to C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\ folder and make sure it exists.
  • Download the following zip file and unzip it to C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\. This should replace two files x86.bat and x64.bat.
  • Now run x86.bat if you are running 32-bit Operating System and x64.bat if you are running 64-bit Windows 10. Make sure you are running the batch files as Administrator.

After following the above mentioned steps, you should have a working Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home edition.

Alternative Method

In this method, we will show you another method which will automatically enable gpedit.msc console after running a batch file. This method should work 100% fine.

Download Group Policy Enabler for Windows 10

The good news is that Windows 10 Home Edition includes Group Policy feature on default installation but this feature is disabled by default. You just have to enable the feature to bring back gpedit.msc. The first step is to download the following file.

This is simply a batch file which will install the missing features in Windows 10 Home including group policy.

Installing gpedit.msc

Let’s go through the process step by step so that even the novice users can follow the steps and enable group policy editor on their systems.

  • Download Group Policy Enabler from above link.
  • Right-click gpedit-enabler.bat and select Run as Administrator
  • This will start the installation process. The process will take a few minutes to install group policy features. At the end, simple press any key to close the command prompt window.
  • Now go to (Windows+R) Run –> gpedit.msc. This should open group policy editor.
  • Although a restart is not required, but you may restart the computer if it’s not working for your right away.

After the above simple steps, you should have a working group policy editor in Windows 10 Home. Please note that we are not using any third-party software for enabling the group policy. In this method, we are using the built-in Windows packages installation for installing gpedit.msc. So this method should be 100% safe and should work in all conditions.

In case of any confusion, you are always welcome to discuss by commenting below.




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