[Windows Tip] How to Install and Enable “Group Policy Editor” (gpedit.msc) in Home Edition

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Many times we post tutorials which require use of Group Policy Editor (GPEdit.msc) program. But the problem is, Group Policy Editor comes bundled with only a few selected Windows editions such as Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. Other Windows editions such as Home (also known as Core), Home Basic, Home Premium, Starter and Single Language don't come with Group Policy Editor program. So these Windows editions users can't use tips-n-tricks which require using Group Policy Editor.

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Now the good news is that you can install/enable the missing Group Policy Editor program in any edition of Windows operating system. Today in this tutorial, we are going to share 2 methods to add Group Policy Editor tool to all Windows editions.

  • METHOD 1: Only for Windows 10 Users
  • METHOD 2: For Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 Users

So if you also want to install and enable Group Policy Editor in your Windows OS, following methods will help you:

METHOD 1: Only for Windows 10 Users

If you are using Windows 10 Home edition or Single Language edition and want to enable Group Policy Editor program, this method will help you.

Actually Windows 10 Home and Single Language editions already come with Group Policy Editor program packages included but its disabled by default so users can't launch the program. But we can activate and enable the program using DISM command.

For your convenience, we have created a small BATCH file which can automatically install Group Policy Editor program by executing required DISM command.

First of all download the batch file from following link:

Download Batch Script to Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10

Extract the downloaded ZIP file using 7-Zip or any other file archive utility and you'll get "Install Group Policy Editor.bat" file.

Right-click on the BAT file and select "Run as Administrator" option. It'll launch a Command Prompt window which will take a few seconds in installing and enabling Group Policy Editor program in Windows 10.

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Restart your computer and now you are ready to use Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home or Single Language editions.

METHOD 2: For Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 Users

This method will work in all Windows versions such as Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. It uses a simple installer which installs the required system files in Windows so that you can enjoy Group Policy Editor in all Windows editions.

This installer tool has been created by "davehc" @ Windows7forums and shared by "Drudger" @ DA. It enables Group Policy Editor program in all Windows editions such as Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, etc.

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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Comments

  • 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 :)

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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. thank you you are legend

  • 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 !!

  • 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 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.

  • 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..

  • It works for windows 8.1. x64:

    Run the setup go to the windows/temp file and copy the gpedit.msc file and paste in the windows/System32 folder. That's it.

    The only folder I had was the "Group Policy" folder in the "windows/syswow64" folder with the "adm" folder. Pasting the gpedit.msc in the system32 folder, loads in the machine, user and gpt.ini files in to the Group Policy folder.

  • To Get GPEDIT here for windows 10 GPEdit.msc
    Download the file and install it admin
    Go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64
    copy the following:
    Folders: GroupPolicy
    GroupPolicyUsers
    and
    gpedit.msc
    Paste them in the following locations:
    C:\Windows\System
    C:\Windows\System32
    Now hit WINDOWKEY + R
    Type: gpedit.msc
    And you are done.

  • It works on Windows10! Thanks a lot.

    Too bad the Microsoft knuckleheads don't do their job properly , so we have to spend our time troubleshooting the OS for them.

  • Awesome, needed this to enable Batch processing GP object for a user for a machine running Win 7 Home Premium, with the addtional information worked a treat!

  • this worked for me ty spakh

    spakh

    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!!

  • Thanks!!! it works!! i love you!! xD

  • It did not work. The policy editor was BLANK.

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