Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is a configuration manager for Windows which makes it easier to configure Windows settings. Instead of going through Windows Registry, the user can configure different aspects of the Windows Operating System through a group policy editor.
One of the very main differences between Windows 10 Pro edition and Windows 10 Home editions is the networking management capabilities. Other differences include the exclusion of Remote Desktop and Group Policy Editor for Windows 10 Home Edition. In fact, the Group Policy Editor is not available to any Windows Home users, be it Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
If the group policy editor is missing from your version of Windows 10 or if you are getting an error on gpedit.msc not found, you should check out which Windows 10 edition you’re using.
This is a serious drawback as we need the group policies even for managing settings of the local computer. The local group policy is better than changing the settings through Windows Registry which is much riskier. Most group policy settings can revert 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.
- 1 Method #2: Install GPEdit.msc in Windows 10 Home using PowerShell script
- 2 Method #1: Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home using GPEdit Installer
- 3 Method #3: Download Group Policy Editor for Windows 10 – Policy Plus
Note: Since the Powershell Script is the fastest and safest method to install the group policy editor in Windows 10 Home, I have promoted it to no. 1 spot.
Update: I have tried method #2 on Windows 10 Home May 2020 Update (Version 2004) and it is working perfectly fine.
If the above method doesn’t work, then you should try this method as it is much simpler and easier to implement. Follow the steps below to enable the group policy editor in Windows 10 Home:
Method #2: Install GPEdit.msc in Windows 10 Home using PowerShell script
Download the GPEdit Enabler script from the link below GPEdit Enabler for Windows 10 Home Edition (379 bytes, 136,553 hits)
This is a simple PowerShell script that will install the disabled Group Policy feature in the Windows 10 Home edition.
GPEdit Enabler for Windows 10 Home Edition (379 bytes, 136,553 hits)
Right-click the downloaded gpedit-enabler.bat file and select Run as Administrator.
This will start the installation process. It may take some time depending upon your system performance. When the process is complete, press any key to close the command prompt window.
Although a restart is not required, if the policies are not working, you should restart the computer once.
How to run gpedit.msc (the group policy editor) after installing
After you install group policy editor, you should be access local group policies and edit group policy already implemented on your computer.
Open the Run dialog by pressing Windows key + R. Type gpedit.msc and press the Enter key or OK button. This should open gpedit in Windows 10 Home.
Some people complain that although this method enabled the group policy editor, most of the settings don’t work in the Home edition. If both the methods fail in your case, you should probably try out the third method discussed below.
Method #1: Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home using GPEdit 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.
Download GPEdit.msc Installer (854.7 KiB, 160,227 hits)
Alternative 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 from C:\Windows\SysWOW64 to C:\Windows\System32
“GroupPolicy“, “GroupPolicyUsers” and gpedit.msc.
This will make sure you run the editor from the Run dialog.
Solving common problems with running gpedit.msc
If you are getting an “MMC cannot create a 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.
gpedit-temp-files-x86x64 (1.3 KiB, 49,697 hits)
- 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.
Method #3: Download Group Policy Editor for Windows 10 – Policy Plus
Policy Plus is a third-party app and an alternative to the built-in Group Policy editor. Its interface is very similar to GPEdit. One major benefit of using Policy Plus is that it comes with a search function where you can search for your required policies.
- Download Policy Plus from the below-given link:
Policy Plus (10.3 KiB, 21,685 hits)
- Run Policy-Plus.exe. It is a portable app so it will open immediately. You can make changes to the policies exactly how you do it in the Windows built-in group policy editor.
Hopefully, these methods will help you enable gpedit.msc in your system.
One thing to note here is that these methods are useful when you want to use local group policy editor. If you are a domain administrator and want to configure group policies on a Windows 10 Home computer using Windows Server Active Directory, this method will not be effective as Windows 10 Home does not support joining a domain in Active Directory.
You can also enable other functionalities in Windows 10 Home:
- How to Enable Local User and Group Management (lusrmgr.msc) Console in Windows 10 Home
- How To Enable Hyper-V On Windows 10 Home
- How To Enable Remote Desktop In Windows 10 Home (RDP)
Your experience and comments are highly appreciated.
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