Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc) is centralized management and configuration of the Windows operating system, applications, and users’ settings. In Windows 10 Pro edition, Gpedit.msc is enabled by default, but it is not enabled on Windows 10 Home. Therefore, if you try to access the group policy editor, you get the message “gpedit.msc not found.”
What is Group Policy (gpedit.msc)?
(Gpedit.msc) Group policy is an active directory that allows centralized control and management of computer and users’ settings. Computer Administrators can use the group policy to control the computer and users’ working environment in an active directory.
Via the group policy editor, the network administrator can control user experience for a centralized location by customizing the desktop’s look and feel and configuring other settings on the computer. Although group policy is designed for the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise versions of Windows, you can use this on Windows 10 Home edition.
In this guide, we will walk you through how to enable gpedit.msc in Windows 10 home.
Enable Gpedit.msc in Windows 10 Home
If Windows 8 or 7 is installed on your computer instead of Windows 10, then; don’t worry; this guide will work on both versions.
You can enable Group Policy on Windows 10 Home by following one of the below methods. You can either run a script on PowerShell or use the Gpedit.msc Installer to enable the Group Policy Editor.
Enable Local Group Policy Editor using PowerShell Script
To enable Gpedit.msc in Windows 10 Home Edition, you need to run a simple four-line script on PowerShell. If running a script manually on PowerShell is difficult for you, don’t worry. We have made your work easy by creating a script file that you can download from the given link below.
Download the Gpedit-Enable.bat file from the given link below and run as Administrator on your Windows 10 Home.
Download Gpedit-Enable.bat File ⇒ Here (You get the Zip, unzip the file before you run)
Alternatively, you can create an Installation script by yourself using a text editor on your computer. Copy the following script and paste it on the desired text editor, then save the file with the file name “gpedit-enable.bat” and select file type – All Files.
Copt the following script:
@echo off pushd "%~dp0" dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~3*.mum >List.txt dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~3*.mum >>List.txt for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . List.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\%%i" pause
You can use Notepad to create the installation script.
Once you’ve downloaded the Gpedit-Enable.bat file on your PC, right-click the file and select Run as administrator; this will open the command prompt and execute the script.
Here are a few steps to complete this process.
- First of all, download Gpedit-Enable.bat from the given link above.
- Right-click the Gpedit-Enable.bat and select Run as Administrator.
- Now wait for a while until it’s over; this process might take some time.
- Press the Windows+R shortcut key on your keyboard to open the Run box, then type gpedit.msc in the Run box and hit enter button. This should open the Local Group Policy Editor.
Restart the computer if you didn’t find the Group policy editor yet.
If you still get the error “gpedit.msc not found,” make sure the script ran successfully. Of course, it would help if you rerun the script to confirm; still, you didn’t find the Group policy, now scan all Windows files with the Command prompt admin.
- Click the start menu and search “CMD,” then right-click the command prompt in the search result and run as administrator.
- Enter the command sfc /scannow and hit the enter button on the keyboard.
This will scan all the files and give you the result about what you should do next.
Now press the “Windows+R” shortcut key to open the Run box and type gpedit.msc, then hit Enter button. It should open the Windows 10 local Group Policy editor. Hopefully, You’ll be able to access Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home Edition.
Enable Local Group Policy Editor using Gpedit installer
If the PowerShell script fails to install the Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 10, you can use the MSI installer to install the Group Policy editor on your Windows 10 Home.
Download Gpedit.msc installer ⇒ Here
You will get a Zip file, extract the downloaded Zip file using WinRAR or WinZip, then run the MSI installer as administrator.
Once you finish this, Group Policy Editor should be available on your Windows 10 Home.
If you’re using Windows 10 32-bit (x86) version, then Installer should work fine, and you will be able to access Group Policy Editor. But if you’re using Windows 64-bit version, you will need to do some extra steps to enable Group Policy Editor correctly.
Follow the below steps after installing the gpedit.msc MSI package.
- Open the File Explorer.
- Go to the C:/Windows/SysWOW64 directory.
- Copy the following files and folders – GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers, and gpedit.msc.
- Go back to the Windows directory and then navigate the System32 directory.
- Paste everything here you copied from the SysWOW64 directory.
Now open the Run box using Windows + R shortcut key, type gpedit.msc, and hit the enter button. This should launch the Group Policy Editor on your Windows 10 home.
I hope this guide is helpful for you. If you have any problem enabling the Group Policy Editor on Windows 10, feel free to comment below, we will look forward to helping you.