GPEdit.msc or Group Policy Editor 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 group policy editor.
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 riskier. 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.
Method #1: Enable Group Policy Editor 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, 100,041 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 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.
gpedit-temp-files-x86x64 (1.3 KiB, 32,245 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 #2: Enable GPEdit.msc using PowerShell script
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 group policy editor in Windows 10 Home:
- Download GPEdit Enabler script from below link:
GPEdit Enabler for Windows 10 Home Edition (386 bytes, 85,554 hits)
This is a simple PowerShell script which will install the disabled Group Policy features in Windows 10 Home edition.
- 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 finished, press any key to close the command prompt window.
- Now to go Run –> gpedit.msc. This should open group policy editor on your Home edition of Windows.
- Although a restart is not required, if the policies are not working, you should restart the computer once.
Some people complain that although this method enabled the group policy editor, most of the settings don’t work in Home edition. If both the methods fail in your case, you should probably try out the third method discussed below.
Method #3: Using 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, 10,206 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 Windows built-in group policy editor.
Hopefully, these methods will help you enable gpedit.msc on your system. Your experience and comments are highly appreciated.