How to Enable “Group Policy Editor” (gpedit.msc) in Home and Starter Editions of Windows 7 and Later

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UPDATE: According to our readers, this tool also works fine in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Many times we post tutorials which require Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). But some Windows 7 editions (Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter) don't come with Group Policy Editor. Only Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions come with Group Policy Editor installed.

Today we are going to share a simple installer which installs the required system files in Windows so that you can enjoy Group Policy Editor in all Windows 7 editions.

"jwils876" @ DA has shared a small setup file to enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium editions.

The installer has been originally created by "davehc" @ Windows7forums, so thanks goes to him as well.

First download the setup file using following link:

Download Group Policy Editor Installer

You'll find the download link in right-side section of the above mentioned page. After downloading the ZIP file, extract it using WinRAR or 7-Zip. Run the extracted setup.exe file. It'll install the files and you'll be able to access gpedit.msc command via RUN or Start Menu search box.

NOTE 1: For Windows 7 64-bit (x64) users! You'll also 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 2: If you are getting "MMC could not create the snap-in" error message while running gpedit.msc, check out following steps to fix the problem. Basically it happens when your username in Windows contains more than one word.

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

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

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

4. 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%\SysWOW64\gpedit.dll /grant:r %username%:f
New: icacls %WinDir%\SysWOW64\gpedit.dll /grant:r "%username%":f

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

7. That's it. You'll have working gpedit.msc.

Thanks to our reader "Teazlee" for the fix...

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  • Win7 Home Basic
    It Works!
    Restart your computer. :)

  • It does work!! Thanks!!

    I have Win7 Home Premium 64bits.

  • Thanks very much, it works perfectly on my windows 7 home premium 64bits

  • i have windows 7 home premium SP1, 64-bit OS... and it works!! just install the .exe download file, then follow the instructions written here by going to syswow and copying the files over to system32. thanks for this!!

  • I've been waiting for this. Hahaha I don't need to upgrade my windows 7 starter 32bit to Professional or Ultimat. Thank you so much. mwuahhh

  • it works with 64bit thanks for sharing this... :)

  • Thank you :) it worked on my system Win7 64bit.

  • It works with Windows 8 Home Premium 64-bit. Thanks!

  • Thanks! I've got Win7 32-bit and I got it installed successfully.

  • hi guys i am using home basic geniune version, i got the settings and now i changed the settings its working , thanks for the great help

  • I have windows7 64bit Home Premium, I got the "MMC could not create the snap-in" error message while running gpedit.msc even after following the additional instructions. After some digging around, I noted that some of dll's may be missing in the SYSTEM32 folder. So I edited C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\x64.bat file and added the following lines:
    copy gpedit.dll %WinDir%\System32\gpedit.dll
    copy fde.dll %WinDir%\System32\fde.dll
    copy gptext.dll %WinDir%\System32\gptext.dll
    copy appmgr.dll %WinDir%\System32\appmgr.dll
    copy fdeploy.dll %WinDir%\System32\fdeploy.dll
    copy gpedit.msc %WinDir%\System32\gpedit.msc
    then reran it (as administrator) and the problem is solved. Thanks for the very useful post!!

  • Works for Windows 8 (though I did install it by making sure it was in Windows 7 compatibility; it may still work without putting it into compatibility mode)

  • Thnx a lot . . .
    so helpful and nice . ..
    i have win7 home edition and your soloution really worked . .
    . . .
    KisS.!
    <3

  • ooh... after allllll. thanks for this post.... it was very necessary... it worked in my win 7 starter x86
    (32 Bit) thast it... 'm happy now.... thanks for sharing this knowledge

  • Great! Did work for me on Windows 7 Home Professional 64 bit. I've started setup.exe and copied the files and folders as described in Note 1 above. Nothing else.
    Thanks a lot!

  • It works on Vista Home Premium as well... Thanks!

    I used this a lot with Windows XP Professional so it is nice to have it back again :)

  • it work on windows 8 64bits with me.

  • working perfectly thanks a lot

  • Works fine in windows 8

  • Wow its superb! working Greattttt :-) Thank you very much

  • Excellent Solution!!! it works..

  • Well this is completely awesome, makes Windows 7 Home MUCH better, fantastic!

  • THx Bro . THX for your upload . Love you so much XD

  • Win7 Home premium
    It Works!
    good job...thanks

  • Oh my!! You're such a genius!! Thanks a lot.. I really need for my work!!!

    Lots and lots of hugs and kisses!!! <3

  • I mean need it*

    It does works and I highly recommend this to everyone! :))

  • Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks a Lot ... !!
    It Really Works .. Thanks Again :) :) :) :)

  • P E R F E C T ! works on my windows 7 starter. Thanks....

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
    It perfectly works right away. Thanks a lot, guys.

  • Has anyone had an issue where after installing this...and configuring a policy that the policy doesn't actually seem to be applied? I am trying to enforce all users on a Windows 7 Home edition to have their screensaver/lock after a certain time of inactivity. I followed the instructions for configuring all necessary policies, but to no avail. I have rebooted several times, still not working. I though maybe it wasn't applying to my own user (administrator)...so I created a test Guest account on the same PC, and even that account isn't reflecting the changes. What I notice right away is that although the GPO editor says that if I implement the Hide Screen Saver tab, that then the individual users won't be able to set their own screen saver...but when enabled, my guest account still has this ability.

    I am new to working with Windows as an admin...so this is my first time implementing any sort of security.

  • VG

    ^^ Sorry but I cant help you much regarding this as currently I dont have access to Windows 7 machine. A few people have reported such kind of issues in past. As its a forcefully implementation of the feature, sometimes it works and sometimes not.

  • can somebody tell all about the purpose of all the program contains in the system32 folder. i need to know. plz

  • Awesome. It worked for me. However, don't run the Setup.exe file from a shared folder on another computer (server in my case). Copy the Setup.exe file to the desktop of the computer you're working on, and run it from there.

    Coast Ranger

  • Thanks a lot for this useful post

  • when i starting game ..pc says dll file is missing from your pc

  • Hi, I'm having issues with this.

    I'm on Windows 10 but I'm still getting the MMC error. What should I do? I followed the instructions in Note 1 (transferring files to System32). Should I have not done that? Thanks in advance.

  • Does not seem to work with Windows 10 32bit. I ran program and did not get any errors. I still don't see group policy even after reboot. Anyone know if I am doing anything wrong?

  • Wonderful, thank you so much for this! I feel really empowered that I dared to play with the deeper workings of this mysterious world!

    I have windows 10 Home edition 64-Bit and it worked wonderfully.

    I was just wondering if anyone else finds it to be scaled down version missing some Policy Templates. Is there a way to activate the missing administrative templates?

    I am missing the "Data Protection + Preview Builds" and "One Drive" Policy Templates under "Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ ..."

  • maaaan u are a life saver thanks........

  • I saw elsewhere that a lot of Windows 10 users were getting errors, so I decided to take the files from the installer and try to create a newer, better installer that (hopefully) just works, without errors and without extra steps needed. I also added two features: the option to create Start Menu and Desktop icons and the ability to uninstall it (upon which all of your original files will be restored). Give my installer a try if you're getting errors with the one in the article above and tell us if it works for you. Thanks.

    Download Link:

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  • OK...Working properly in windows10 home x64 immediately,without need the second method..After install & extract files need only 3 steps copy & past..Nice work ty..

  • thank you so much osprey thank you you are legend

  • It doesn't work for Windows 8

  • @Osprey..thanks a million man...you're a gem !! Two thumbs up for you !!
    Finally got this to work for my Windows 10 Home edition x 64 bit...without any extra tasks needed. I was initially getting the MMC error even though I had followed every step to remedy the error but to no luck and even uninstalled and retried re-installing again and again...until I came across your post !!
    Hoohah !!

  • It works with WIndows 8.1 but it doesn't have all the features. I want to turn off the Group Policy to "Allow Microsoft accounts to be optional" and it is not there.

  • I follow all step above, but unfortunately meet the MMC error. How can I deal with it?

  • Sorry to sayn it wont work on a OEM (Packard Bell) Windows 7 Home Premium X64. Have tried everything at least 5 times, inlcuding the ad on by Spahk (above) still the dreaded "MMC could not create the snap-in" the username is one short word (5 letters) .Any suggestions?

  • Didn't work for W10. Maybe files missing?

  • Works great with Windows 10 Home 64-bit. Thanks!

  • Works for Windows 10 Home 64-bit SL. just make sure that your admin account is named with just letters and numbers in small caps and everything will work without any fiddling.

  • It doesnt work propely. I enable the no show control panel it says its enabled but still have access.

  • Windows 10 64 home

  • It worked for me in Windows 10 Home x64, and that means I don't need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

  • Man you rock! This really works - Windows 10 Home x64 - 1-28-2016

  • This worked for Windows 10 Home, version 1511, build 10586.
    Installed on January 29, 1916.

  • 2016. So sue me.

  • Thanks, I will try it out

  • Hi there... I still cannot open Local Group Policy Editor. I followed instructions & copied files from syswow to sys32...but how do I actually access it? Sorry...I am confused!!

  • Forgot to mention...I have Windows 7 Home

  • Hi,
    The method works fine under Win 7 home premium but not under Win 8.1 !
    The "Osprey file" is blocked by Avira and by Zemana antimalware
    (I still tried under virtual layer and under Win 8.1, but nothing happens.
    After 3 attempts the program closes. Only for Win 10 ?).

  • Thanx mate, does it exactly what it says on the tin in my Win 10 Home.

    One thing I am struggling with:

    I wanted to get rid of W10H creating SVI (System Volume Information) on
    every USB drive connectetd to.

    In your gpedit/version I can't spot
    Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Search
    to enable
    Do not allow locations on removable drives to be added to libraries

    Can you or someone help?

    Damian, UK in Feb 2016

  • it works . Thanks you very much :)

  • I am running windows 10 home edition 64-bit. I downloaded and installed the above file, everything went fine according to instructions. I can open up the group policy homepage.
    when I go to the run command and type in gpedit.msc and run it, I get a message saying cannot find this particular file. I have also tried it, using task manager, same result.
    Any comment would be appreciated.

  • its work thanks bro

  • Hi,
    i am unable to find the gpedit.msc files which are to be copied in the c:/Windows32 but i have found group policy and group policy user and copied successfully
    please help
    and to mention i have recently started exploring my windows 7 pc and i am a beginner.
    Plesase help son :)

  • WOW! is all I can say....Thank you, I've been driving myself crazy trying to figure this out.

    Happy Happy ....it works just hit the download button and sit back and that's it..

  • windows 10 Home 64 bit

  • It does not allow to save/replace

  • Windows 10 Home, perfect, but I have a problem and is that there are few Windows Components like:
    Under "Computer Configuration" - Administrative Templates - Windows Components and I need the "App Package Deployment".
    Is there anyway to get it?

    I hope someone can help me :)

  • installation works but everytime i change the settings nothing works. im using windows 7 starter pack 1 32 bits

  • m having problem with it it shows MMC could not create the snap-in so i tried your steps to do that username thing then when i run it as admin at last it shows this in cmd = system cannot copy this to specified something.... whats that ?? .... any help or other way ?

  • ohh soryy its working now thanks for tht...

  • it didn't work, i followed the step, but i still got "MMC could not ..."

  • I've tried and re-tried this entire method like, 5 times, and it still isn't working. I just keep getting the same message: "MMC can't create the snap-in". I'm literally doing this massive mess just so I can put the volume icon back on my taskbar, because it's greyed out and won't let me re-enable it, and nothing seems to be working. I'm both incredibly frustrated and tired of this BS.

  • gpedit opens fine but I try to execute a script on logon and it didn't work... Any idea?

  • I tried the instructions for the fix, but the "MMC could not create snap in" keeps occuring. Should the GroupPolicyUsers folder be empty?

  • Thank you so much. It worked :)

  • Although the program allows gpedit.msc to be ran, the policies set never actually get set. For the most part, this program is pretty useless. No matter what policy I set, it doesn't actually work. I've rebooted the PC, gpedit.msc shows the policy is still set, but in reality, Windows doesn't enforce them.

    For example, I tried blocking access to c:\windows\notepad.exe through:
    Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Software Restriction Policies -> Additional Rules

    I create a new Path Rule and select c:\windows\notepad.exe. I than select Disallowed for Security Level. On a Pro machine, this will prevent notepad.exe from being executed. But on this Home machine, it has no effect at all. I can still run notepad, even after a reboot.

  • I was able to do this and get gpedit.msc to work, but group policy object editor still doesn't populate in my list when I go to mmc.exe. (I need this to populate in this list so i can create a group policy for non-administrators) to create a kiosk like feature.

    Please let me know if this is something someone has experienced or can assist with. I have been scowering google and dont see any real reference to it.

  • it works! 7/21/2016

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