Group Policy Editor is a powerful tool that helps administrators to manage policy settings in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins. It provides a single user interface through which you can manage the settings of Local Group Policy objects. As this tool is not available in the starter Editions of Microsoft Windows, the users of these Windows Editions face problems while making changes to settings.
Windows 10 Home also lacks this important tool and the users are unable to perform the tasks or settings which require Group Policy Editor. If you are facing same problem, you’d like enable gpedit by yourself by following the simple guide.
Note: You can also use this guide to enable gpedit (Group Policy Editor) in legacy Windows (Windows 7 and 8).
If you want to check whether your Windows facilitates this tool or not, just press Windows key + R to launch Run app, type gpedit.msc and hit OK. If the prompt window resembles to the screenshot given below, it means your Windows doesn’t have gpedit tool. On the contrary, UAC (User Account Control) window will be prompted, in case your Window already contains Group Policy Editor.
To Enable gpedit.msc Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home Edition
You have to follow only two steps to get Group Policy Editor in the starter editions of Microsoft Windows. Do keep in mind, if you are using 32-bit Windows, you can enable gpedit easily and if you are using 64-bit Windows, it will take little more time as compared to the former one due to extra steps that have to be followed.
1. Download Group Policy Editor Installer
First of all you need to download Group Policy Editor Installer. To do this, download the zip folder using the below given download button and extract setup.exe file from zip folder.
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2. Install gpedit.msc in Windows 10 Home
Run the installer (setup.exe) which you have downloaded. As we stated earlier, 32-bit Windows system doesn’t need to follow extra steps, but 64-bit needs to do a little more.
Extra steps to install Group policy editor on 64-bit Windows
• Navigate C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder.
• Scroll down the window to find two folders, “GroupPolicy” & “GroupPolicyUsers” and one file “gpedit.msc”. Now copy them to C:\Windows\System32
Now you can access Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home or in other starter Editions of legacy Windows. Try this process and write us about your experience in comments section.