How to Enable “Gpedit.msc” (Group Policy Editor) feature in Home and Starter Editions of Windows10/8/7-(64bit)

“Gpedit.msc” Group Policy Editor is a one of the most important feature of Microsoft Windows. But sometimes you might face the error “Windows cannot find gpedit.msc.Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again” therefore if you are facing this error don’t worry just follow these steps to resolve this error permanently. Before start lets see the reason behind this error.

Those who are using basic, home and starter Windows versions will face this issue because these windows 10/8/7 versions doesn’t come with Group Policy Editor. Only Windows Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions come with Group Policy Editor installed.

Windows cannot find Gpedit.msc

‘Windows cannot find gpedit.msc’ Error – How to Fix it ?

So today i am going to share a simple installer setup which installs all the required system files in your Windows so that you can use Group Policy Editor in all Windows 10/8/7 editions.

Download “Gpedit.msc” Group Policy Editor Installer

Since the Group Policy Editor is not included in Windows 10/8/7 home and starter editions by default, we will need to download the installer setup first. You may download it from the below mentioned download links.

Download Link-1
Download Link-2

Installation Guide :

Step-1 Just download the third party Group policy editor installer from the above given download links.

Gpedit.msc installation

Step-2 Extract the downloaded file and then that double click on the Setup.exe file to run the installer.

Extract gpedit.msc

Step-3 Follow basic installation steps to install gpedit.msc

Run Setup

Note: If your computer doesn’t have .Net Framework 3.5 or later, before start download and install Dot Net Framework 3.5 on your system.

Step-4 If your Windows is 32-bit(x86) then you should be able to access the Group Policy Editor through the Microsoft Management Console(MMC) by going to Run –> gpedit.msc.

Run gpedit.msc

Check out this video for How to use gpedit feature in win10 Home Single Language edition-(32bit)

But if you are using 64-bit windows(x64) then you will need some extra steps after installation. Follow the steps as mention below

1- Go to “C:\Windows\SysWOW64” folder

2- Copy the “GroupPolicy“, “GroupPolicyUsers” folders and “gpedit.msc” file to “C:\Windows\System32”

Move group policy folder

3- Test Group Policy Editor feature by going to Run –> gpedit.msc

Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc

“MMC could not create the snap-in” Fix Up

If you are getting “MMC could not create the snap-in” error message while running “Gpedit.msc”, Follow these steps to fix this problem. Basically it happens when your “User Account” name on your computer contains more than one word.

1- Run the Setup.exe and leave it at the last step (Do not click on the “Finish” button).

gpedit.msc installed successfully

2- Now Go to “C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\” folder.

3- If you are using 32-bit(x86) edition of Windows, Right-click on “x86.bat” file and choose “Open With -> Notepad” option. If you are using 64-bit(x64) edition of Windows, Right-click on “x64.bat” file and choose “Open With -> Notepad” option.

3- Find out %username%:f in 6th line in the file 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

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

That’s all. Now You have working “Gpedit.msc” feature on windows home and started editions.

Gpedit.msc- How to get Group Policy feature in window10 Home Single Language edition-(64bit)

This process is tested by me personally and it is safe to apply but still i am not responsible if any harm that comes to your computer after following the above procedure.

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