Saturday, August 13, 2016

How To Activate Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in Windows 10 Home

One of the things that differs Windows 10 Home from Pro and Enterprise editions is the abcense of the Group Policy Editor console (gpedit.msc). So you have to do the majority of fine tuning in Windows Home editions using the Registry Editor, and not the gpedit.msc, which is not so obviously and more risky since it is possible to make a mistake and break the system.

We’ll need a third-party patch by the enthusiasts, which includes all libraries and files necessary for the Group Policy Editor. You can download the installation archive here:

1. Unpack the archive and run setup.exe under the administrator privilegessetup gpedit.msc

2. If you have a 64-bit Windows 10 version, without closing the setup window (without clicking Finish) go to %WinDir%\Temp and copy the files gpedit.dll, fde.dll, gptext.dll, appmgr.dll, fdeploy.dll and  gpedit.msc into %WinDir%\System32 folder  Group Policy Editor files

3. Then copy the folders GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers, GPBAK and the file gpedit.msc from %WinDir%\SysWOW64 to %WinDir%\System32

4. Restart you computer and try to start the Editor console running the command gpedit.mscrun gpedit.msc

5. If the error “MMC could not create the snap-in” appears, run the file x86.bat or x64.bat (depending on the bitness of the system) from %WinDir%\Temp\gpedit manually

6. Done!

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