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 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:
Go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder
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. Download
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. In case of any confusion or problem, you are always encouraged to discuss by commenting below.