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Enable Group Policy Editor in Home and Starter Editions of Windows

Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) allows the administrator to manage all the settings of Local Group Policy objects in a single user interface. This feature is limited to Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise. This means the Group Policy Editor is not available in any Home or Starter edition of Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10. In this article, we’ll cover How to Enable the Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home. (This method also works in Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1. )

Enable Group Policy Windows 10 Home

Since the Group Policy Editor is not included in Windows 10 by default. We will need to download the Group Policy editor first. which includes all libraries and files necessary for the Group Policy Editor. The first thing we’re going to do is to download the installer. You can download it for free from the below link.

Now After you downloaded the installer, just follow these instructions Bellow To Enable The group policy Feature on windows 10 home and starter Editions.

So This is a ZIP file, extract it using WinRAR or 7-Zip Then Run the extracted setup.exe file.

Click next and click install this will take a few seconds to install after installation is complete just finish the setup. It’ll install the files and you’ll be able to access gpedit.msc command via RUN or Start Menu search box

NOTE: For Windows 7 64-bit (x64) users

Need to go to “SysWOW64” folder present in “C:Windows” folder and copy “GroupPolicy”, “GroupPolicyUsers” folders, and gpedit.msc file from there and paste them in “C:\Windows\System32” folder.

NOTE: If you are getting “MMC could not create the snap-in” error message while running gpedit.msc. Check out the following steps to fix the problem. Basically, it happens when your username in Windows contains more than one word.

Run the installer and leave it at the last step (do not click on the “Finish” button).

Now go to C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit folder.

Here If you are running a 32-bit (x86) edition of Windows 7, right-click on the x86.bat file and choose the Open With ->Notepad option. If you are running a 64-bit (x64) edition of Windows 7, right-click on the x64.bat file and choose the “Open With -> Notepad” option.

You’ll find a total of 6 lines containing the following string in the file: %username%:f 5. Edit those lines and replace %username%:f with “%username%”:f

For example:

Original: icacls %WinDir%SysWOW64gpedit.dll /grant:r %username%:f New: icacls %WinDir%SysWOW64gpedit.dll /grant:r “%username%”:f

Now Save and run the file (right-click -> Run as Administrator).

That’s it. You’ll have working gpedit.msc.


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