Fix Gpedit.msc Not Found In Windows 10/Windows 11

The Group Policy Editor is an important part of the Windows Operating System and can be found in C:\Windows\System32. It can be used to change and configure Windows Settings without editing the Windows Registry.

Sometimes users get an error message that Windows cannot find gpedit.msc. This error can be due to several reasons. We’ll discuss some of them in this article and offer a solution to this issue.

Good to know concepts

Before we move forward, let’s make sure we understand a few concepts:

Group policy is a way to configure computer and user settings for a local computer or network joined computer (using Active Directory). It can be used to configure almost all aspects of the Operating System, including software and Windows Settings, network and security policies, etc.

Group Policy Editor is a configuration manager for Windows, which makes it easier to configure group policies. Gpedit is like God Mode of Windows, where we can configure all settings of Windows. Making changes to system settings using the Group Policy Editor is easier and less risky than configuring the Windows Registry.

Gpedit.msc is the command to open the Group Policy Editor in Windows. By going to Run –> gpedit.msc will open the local group policy editor.

Most local group policies require changes to the Windows Registry. Instead of going through Windows Registry, the user can configure different aspects of the Windows Operating System through a group policy editor.

Fix Windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc’

If the group policy editor is missing or corrupt in your system, it will give you the following error:

Windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc’. Make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again.

There are a couple of reasons why this error may occur:

  • You are running an edition of Windows which does not include gpedit.msc
  • Gpedit.msc has become corrupted or has been deleted from your computer

Let’s go through the solution for both these problems:

Install gpedit.msc in Windows Home Edition

Windows Home Edition does not include the Group Policy Editor by default. Microsoft has omitted most network related tools from the Home edition, and that is understandable, because most Home users will only connect to the Internet individually. There’s no need for inter-networking.

However, the local group policy editor should not have been removed, as it also caters to local policies that can be applied to the same computer. The good news is that Windows 10/11 Home Edition includes Group Policy feature on default installation, but this feature is disabled by default. You just have to enable the feature to bring back gpedit.msc.

To confirm that you are using Windows Home Edition, follow the steps below:

  • Open Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R.
  • Type winver and click OK.

This will show you the Windows version you’re running.

Alternatively, if you are running Windows 11 or Windows 10, you can use the following command:

  • Open Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R.
  • Type ms-settings:about and press OK.
  • You can find your Windows edition under Windows Specifications.

Once you are sure you are running Windows 10 Home or Windows 11 Home Edition, please follow the steps below to install the group policy editor:

Run Command Prompt as administrator and copy/paste the following commands:

FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")
FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")

These two commands will install the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in your Windows 10 Home/Windows 11 Home edition.

Repair corrupted gpedit.msc

If you are running Windows 10/11 Pro or Enterprise edition, you should run gpedit.msc without any errors. If you are still getting errors while opening gpedit.msc, you should make sure that the file exists in C:\Windows\System32.

If the file exists, that means the file has become corrupted and is not opening. To repair the file, you will need to run the SFC Scan. Follow the steps below:

  • Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R simultaneously.
  • Type sfc/scannow and click OK.
  • Complete the scan and it should repair and restore the system files.

You can also restore and repair system files using the following command (run Command Prompt as administrator)

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Fix Administrator has disabled gpedit.msc

Please note that gpedit.msc can only be opened and configured by a user who is a member of the administrator group of your local computer. If you are an administrator and still getting this error that gpedit.msc has been disabled by your administrator, you should follow the steps below to fix this issue:

  1. From File Explorer, under View Menu –> Show, make sure Hidden files is selected. (This is for Windows 11. Earlier versions of Windows had this option under Folder Options)
  2. Go to the following location:
  3. Rename the registry.pol to registry.bak
  4. Then open the following folder:
  5. Rename the registry.pol to registry.bak
  6. Run cmd as admin and run the following command:
    gpupdate /force

This should recreate the group policy files and reset gpedit.msc. Now if you try to open gpedit.msc, it should open without any issues.

If you liked this post, Share it on:
Latest posts
Uninstall Microsoft Edge on Windows 11 10
How To Uninstall Microsoft Edge On Windows 11, 10

You are no longer stuck with Microsoft Edge as the proprietary browser. Don’t need it? Uninstall Edge with these steps.

View post
How To Fix Windows Update Error Code 0x800f081f
How To Fix Windows Update Error Code 0x800f081f

This error can be annoying to fix, since these isn’t only one cause. Here are all the methods to fix the error 0x800f081f.

View post
How To Remove Or Replace Image Background Using Photos App In Windows 11
How To Remove Or Replace Image Background Using Photos App In Windows 11

Microsoft Photos allows you to edit only the background of your images. Replace or simply remove them using these methods.

View post
Windows 10<\/a>","<a href="https:////">Windows 11<\/a>"]}]}" data-page="1" data-max-pages="376">


  • Karthik B
    Karthik B

    Ran the bat file as administrator multiple times. Getting the below error.

    Processing 1 of 1 – Adding package Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Pac
    [================== 32.4% ]
    An error occurred – Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package Error: 0x8

    Error: 14081

    The referenced assembly could not be found.

  • Didier Prévost
    Didier Prévost

    it not work, the system configuration is bugged its have no name and its empty

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Can you share the complete error message that you’re getting? Are you running the batch file as administrator?

      • Didier Prévost
        Didier Prévost

        i have runned the batch file in administrator and i not have error its only gpedit.msc not can read the local group policy

  • John Doe
    John Doe

    What are the commands in the batch file?

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      It contains the following commands:

      @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”

  • Arnold

    Does not seem to install anything–ran as administrator and command prompt opens for half a second only.

  • B

    Fantastic. Working now. thanks.

  • James

    It did not worked for me either. I did all this yesterday 3-6-20 and today 3-7-20 windows update just tried to installed updates @5:58 PM Eastern time. There has to be a permanent way to stop this. I’m now at a lost as to what to do.

  • yabely

    I waited for the black screen to do it’s thing, then I “pressed any key” and then what do I do next I did not understand the 4th step??

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Yabely group policy editor is installed in the first three steps. The fourth step is to open the group policy editor. To open the editor, go to Windows Start Menu and search for “edit group policy”. Open the first result and you’re good to go.

  • David

    Falhou para mim também… Ficou repetindo “o erro 87”, texto abaixo:
    “Erro: 87
    A opção add-package é desconhecida.
    Para obter mais informações, consulte a ajuda executando DISM.exe /?.
    O arquivo de log do DISM pode ser localizado em C:\WINDOWS\Logs\DISM\dism.log
    Ferramenta de Gerenciamento e Manutenção de Imagens de Implantação
    Versão: 10.0.18362.1″
    Versão da Imagem: 10.0.18363.628”
    Tenho um notebook Samsung Single Language W10 1909.
    Alguém pode me ajudar na solução desse problema, ou seja, a ativação ou instalação do GPEDIT.MSC!


  • Jim

    It says this file could do harm to my computer, just asking what exactly it means, and is it completely safe to use.

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Yes the file is completely safe to use. You can open the file in Notepad to see what’s in it. Completely safe.


        Do you have to back up your computer first before running this batch file? I got the same warning as Jim,plus I saw on another site,that said to back everything up.

        • Usman Khurshid
          Usman Khurshid

          The best practice is to backup your system before every major change. But I think this is not a major change. This script is is used to find and enable the hidden features of Windows 10. Here’s the contents of the batch file. If you understand the commands, you’ll see there’s nothing to worry about.

          @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

  • Lennis

    Thanks my windows 10 Home Edition gpedit.msc is working .

  • FC

    It did not work for me. What am I missing?

  • Devang Solanki
    Devang Solanki

    It’s working with perfectly on my Windows 10 system

  • Daniel

    It failed for me. It kept installing the first package over and over again.

  • Tiago Santos
    Tiago Santos

    Works Perfectly!!! Thanks a lot!!!

  • KG

    Works Perfect! I didn’t need to restart my PC. Thank you a lot!

  • PM

    Running Windows 10 Home 10.0.17763 Build 17763.
    Install of gpedit works, and i can run the console, but none of the changes i make have any effect. On my windows 10 pro PC, the same changes work.

  • Axel

    When I open up administrative templates nothing shows up. Is there something that went wrong or do I simply not have those? Shouldn’t those be there?

  • Fred O

    You Guys ROCK!! Thank you so much, perfect!

  • Christopher Clayton
    Christopher Clayton

    Adding gpedit.msc to Home is somewhat beyond me, after many hours I have related duplicate files all over the place but Windows still cannot find gpedit. Nore can I find the Enabler.bat file, after clicking your link, in order to run it. Can you help me please? I need to try a procedure with gpedit in an attempt to regain touch screen and inking after October update.



  • Eduardo

    Just download the file and works perfect. I needed to restart my PC but it worked.
    I checked with antivirus and was ok and also if you press edit on the file, you can see the bat only opens files that already exist from Windows. Seems really safe for me.
    Also thank you very much for the help!!!

  • Fred G Husby
    Fred G Husby

    Thanks a lot. The enabler worked excellent, and exactly as you’ve written. I’ve got Windows 10 Home x64 v1809 OS-build 10.0.17763.316
    Greetings from Norway!
    Fred G

  • nAV

    i can install and run this file how ever it is working too but unable to make changes to anything may be it is because of i am having windows 10 SL that is 64 bit

  • Mark

    Batch file, ran as admin, fails. Still can’t get gpedit or secpol.

  • Dan

    Thank you worked perfectly on Windows 10 Home Version 1803 (OS Build 17314.523)
    Thank you for the batch file!

  • Greg

    Didn’t work… got Error 740 need elevated permission Have W10. on HP laptop

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      You need to run everything as administrator.

  • Hely

    Run BAT as Administrator.
    Very very good.

    • Smarty

      Windows 10 Home Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.316).
      One of the main goals for why I activated gpedit.msc is an attempt to disable Defender via gpedit.msc-Computer Configuration-Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Windows Defender -Turn Off Windows Defender Antivirus – Enabled.

      The script itself worked without problems, Dism added 4 packages
      Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package ~ 31bf3856ad364e35 ~ amd64 ~ en-US ~ 10.0.17763.1.mum
      Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package ~ 31bf3856ad364e35 ~ amd64 ~~ 10.0.17763.1.mum
      Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package ~ 31bf3856ad364e35 ~ amd64 ~ en-US ~ 10.0.17763.1.mum
      Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package ~ 31bf3856ad364e35 ~ amd64 ~~ 10.0.17763.1.mum
      The console file gpedit.msc appeared in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
      Actually the console itself works like a charm…
      But when I choosing gpedit.msc-Computer Configuration-Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Windows Defender -Turn Off Windows Defender Antivirus – Enabled – Apply, Defender both worked and continues to work.
      While on Windows 10 Pro when I select gpedit.msc-Computer Configuration-Administrative Templates-Windows Components-Windows Defender -Turn Off Windows Defender Antivirus – Enabled – Apply, Defender stops its work and if you trying to start it says “Your Virus & Threat protection is managed your organization” into “Windows Security – Virus & Thread protection” window
      And stop it is not possible via Services.msc because buttons Start – Stop grayed-out – not active.
      Restart does not fix the problem.
      What could be the reason?

  • Stan Friedman
    Stan Friedman

    Great article, but I could not install it (although I successfully installed it and used it several months ago). During the install, the first 3 operations completed successfully, but the 4th gave error 87 — “an error occurred while processing the command”. Scannow, DISM, etc all report no problems. Re-downloaded and installed several times with the same problem. Any suggestions.

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Stan are you running the script with administrative privileges?

      If it’s not working, try opening the script in notepad and run the commands in PowerShell one by one.

  • Kafir

    Downloaded the .bat file and started it ‘As Administrator’. Installation went through and gpedit.msc worked as described.
    Thank You!!

  • Judy

    Thank you. This installed without any problems.
    I have a question though. How do I correct “error code: 0x80070035. The network path was not found”?
    I apparently must make changes to SecPol.msc, but I cannot find it on my Laptop using Windows 10 Home.
    Any ideas?
    Thank you in advance.

  • DannoXYZ

    Hmm,.. doesn’t work. I get error of:

    “Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.17134.1
    Image Version: 10.0.17134.472
    Error: 87
    The add-package option is unknown.”

    Did MS remove add-package option from DISM for Win10 Home?

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Yes. Are you running the command with administrative privileges?

  • M

    It was smooth as butter. Thanks a heap! Well done!

  • Nicholas

    Thank you! It worked neatly!

  • Paul Bulckens
    Paul Bulckens

    Very nice work. It’s work also on a “dutch” computer. Thank you very much.

  • Tyler

    Sir, I love you.

    Windows 10 has been the LARGEST hassle I have ever had.
    I think they want us all to us Linux on our next builds..

    In short, you sir are a GOD and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this the fact they did not allow group policy edit for windows 10 home tells you alone they do NOT want people stopping their bloat ware and again man I just cannot say thank you enough!


  • juan

    WINDOWS 10 HOME V.1809
    The installation works well. It is possible to open Group Policy Editor but there are no options. (see point 4)
    “gpedit.msc” doesn’t work well.

  • Gillad

    I worked! I spent hours on finding a solution but this little file did it in seconds! Thank you!

  • none

    Its stopped at processing 1 of 1 – help me!!!

  • Anurag

    Yes It works in one Shot. Great.

  • Abdulah

    Thanks! It Worked For Me On Windows 10 Home.

  • AN

    You Rock, it actually worked.

  • NvStar


  • Gab

    Hi! It happens the same to me. The download of the “GPEdit Enabler for Windows 10 Home Edition” does not seem to work. It redirects me to your homepage, without any download.

  • FH

    Hello, The download of the “GPEdit Enabler for Windows 10 Home Edition” does not seem to work. It redirects me to your homepage. Would be greatful for any assistance .

    • Giulia

      I have the same problem today, please help

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Please check again. It is downloading ok for me.

      • Bill

        The link is still not downloading a file. Goes to a page with a lot of cumulative downloads, nothing on gpedit.msc

        • Usman Khurshid
          Usman Khurshid

          For your convenience, here is the download link:

          • Bill

            Hey, thank you for that update. In the meantime, I found a registry hack that fixed this for me, but I appreciate your taking the time to update this link!

        • Usman Khurshid
          Usman Khurshid

          Hi Bill, sorry for inconvenience. We have updated the link structure. Now the downloads are working.

  • Kenn

    It didn’t work for me, the program just flashed for a while and nothing happens, and yes I’m using Windows 10 Home

  • Lee

    The batch file ran and I can now run GPE, but the policies I set with it have no effect.

  • lgdoc

    very clear thank you

  • Steve

    The batch file didn’t work for me. However, when I go into c:\windows\temp\gpedit, I can see gpedit.msc and click on it to run it. If I browse for it using “Run” it doesn’t see gpedit.msc at all. Like it’s not even there. Very annoying! I dragged it to my desktop for easy access.

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Steve did you run the batch file as administrator? Which version of Windows 10 are you using?

  • Santosh

    Thanks for sharing. It did the magic within minutes.

  • Henry

    The batch file method worked for me.
    Running Win 10 Home 64bit.
    Thanks friend!
    It’s time to take back control over the platforms that we pay for!

  • Kathy

    Thank you! Worked like a charm. Hopefully the Microsoft update October 2018 1809 that is wiping user profiles will not affect my machine!

  • Efraimidis T.
    Efraimidis T.

    Thank you. It was simple and great.

  • Andrew

    Thank you very much!!! :)

  • Thad

    Did not work nor did the other batch file…I have win 10 ver 1803. Says The DISM log file can be found at /C:\WINDOWS\Logs\DISM\dism.log. How can i fix?

  • MIKE

    Great and simple. I found other methods described, they were either very complex or required to download exe-Files from unknown locations which is a risk. The batch file can be checked and contains nothoing that I would mistrust. VERY GOOD, thank you.

  • Dhaka

    How do i uninstall the groupeditpolicy from windows 10 home?

  • mike garrison
    mike garrison

    thank you so much. in looking up solutions to event errors many windows websites refer to gpedit without mentioning that millions of users with the home edition do not have that tool. you have sure made my life easier when working on solutions.


    Still not working,I’m looking for Data collection after clicking on Windows Components and it still not there. I’m trying to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry and it’s still not showing. Nope not working for me

  • Paul

    Thank you for your very detailed instructions. I’m sorry, but this is going to be a long message.
    (I should have stopped playing with computers a decade or two ago )

    I tried both methods that you provided; the detailed instructions followed by the batch file.

    I was unable to show you a screen clip of the group editor screen that I was successful in enabling because I was unable to make this text-entry box accept a screen capture image.

    I enabled the group editor because I was trying to follow the instructions listed here:

    (Why it’s happening
    This isn’t the problem of not running the Settings app as an Administrator. Those settings are controlled by Group Policy.

    It appears by default regular users cannot change these settings (it does make sense).

    I actually tried running the app as an Administrator from an elevated command prompt, Windows Powershell (Start-Process “ms-settings” -runas /user:Administrator), and also by right clicking and choosing “Run as Admin” on the actual SystemSettings application located at C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel. Nothing worked)

    The answer to your question is basically because you’re on a normal user account.

    How to change group policy for non-administrators
    So if you do want normal users to be able to access the greyed out settings I recommend you follow the following tutorial:

    Local Group Policies – Apply to All Users Except Administrators

    Yes, it says Windows 7 but most likely this will work for Windows 10. Here’s a summary:

    1. Open the Start Menu, type mmc.exe in the search box, and press Enter. NOTE: In Windows 8, you could press Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog, then type mmc.exe, and click/tap on OK instead.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7/8/10) or Continue (Vista).

    3. In the MMC Console window, click on File (Menu bar) and Add/Remove Snap-in.

    4. In the left pane, select Group Policy Object Editor, and click on the Add button.

    5. Click on the Browse button.

    6. Click on the Users tab, select an Non-Administrators, and click on OK.

    7. Click on the Finish button.

    8. Click on OK.

    9. In the MMC Console window, click on File (Menu bar) and Save As.

    10. Select to save to your Desktop, type in a name (ex: Non-Administrators-Group-Policy) that you would like to have for this “all users except administrators” group policy MSC file, then click on the Save button. NOTE: You can use any name you like, but it would make it easier for you to know what user (ex: Test) or group this “specific” group policy MMC console was for later if you included the user or group name.

    11. Move the MSC file (ex: Non-Administrators-Group-Policy.msc) to where you would to keep it saved at. NOTE: You can also Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this MSC file.

    12. Whenever you open this MSC file (ex: Non-Administrators-Group-Policy.msc), it will only apply group policies to all users except administrators.

    However, the FILE menu item in the group editor does not include the option Add.and I was unable to find the menu item listed in the instructions I was trying to follow.

    Is there a possibility that you might be able to help me, please?


  • Mark Cochran
    Mark Cochran

    itechtics: Hi. Thank you for your instructions. This method worked and I am now able to open gpedit.msc from the run command in my Windows 10 Home Edition. Prior to trying this method, I tried your other method at this webpage: and it did not work. Now do I have to undo the changes I made in the first method, ie: deleting the 3 files from system 32 folder, restoring the two bat files in the temp folder, and so on? Or can I just leave them? Will they interfere with anything? Thanks for all your help!

    P.S. — The reason I wanted to install gpedit in the first place, was because I wanted to disable the computer from allowing programs and apps from preventing sleep & hibernation, so that my computer would go into sleep & hibernation after a period of inactivity even though I still had Chrome (or any browser) and any apps/programs running. I wanted this because I hated having to close everything down all the time when I was going to be away from the computer for a period of time, and then have to start everything back up again. But I wanted it so that my computer was secure and so that nobody could get into my files, and so this is what I found to do..

    Thank again!

    • Will G

      I didn’t have as much success as for others. Before doing anything with the cmd window, it says the following:
      ‘findstr /i . List.txt 2.nul’ is not reognized as an internal or external command,
      operable program or batch file.
      Press any key to continue…
      Pressing any key or r/l clicking simply closes the cmd window.

    • Lothar Freihoff
      Lothar Freihoff

      the installation works well, it’s possible to open gpedit.msc, but it doesn’t work. I want to set the sektopbackground, but the is no effect.
      Is there something I made wrong.
      Best regards
      Lothar Freihoff

  • Butch

    Point 4) works only as administrator else (normal user account) flags Access Denied! Should be mentioned there.

  • Christian

    The .bat install worked for me, thankyou

  • Lopetegui

    You saved my life! It worked 100% on my Windows 10 Home, I could finally run gpedit.msc and stop this destroying my PC. Thank you so much!

  • Neil

    Worked 06/14/18 Thank you!

  • Gabriel Laureano
    Gabriel Laureano

    Thank you so much! Still works!

    • sj

      The batch file worked for me. However I’ve had mixed results with the functionality:

      – I was able to set up a limit on login attempts.
      – I tried setting up a test batch file to run on logoff but this hasn’t worked (I followed instructions from another site).

      I’m concerned that, as some other posts state, you can run gpedit.msc but its functionality is blocked by MS in Home versions.

      I’ll keep exploring, but I’m thinking the limit on logins example is something that can be done outside of Group Policy, in Windows Defender, so maybe that is an allowed function anyway.

  • Seb

    hm, did not work for me :( im running win 10 64 bit version 1709…after installation was complete it still fails to find gpedit on my system, even after restart..any suggestions?

  • David E Marshall
    David E Marshall

    Well, I have to say, very impressive, worked for me

  • Jean

    Also worked for me!

  • marwan

    Thanks allot, it is working with me but after changing the RDP setting on the remote server, (win10 updated),

  • Hao Chen
    Hao Chen

    superb! It works.. Thank you so much!…

  • anonymous

    it works for me windows 10 home edition

  • ElJefe

    Worked for me. I have both user and computer configurations. Great little batch file.

  • Derek

    Worked for me.
    The only problem I have is their is no User configuration snap in. All snap ins are their Except the one I need.

  • Engkrg

    Thank you so much….It’s work

  • ijh

    I can run gpedit.msc through this method. But change of gpedit.msc don’t apply to regedit. for example, NoAutoUpdate DWORD don’t be generated

  • Ultra Instinct
    Ultra Instinct

    Thank you it works!

  • Aarvee

    Thanks a lot for such a wonderful solution.
    It works well in my Lenovo ideapad 320 laptop running windows 10 home!!!


    Hi Christine!…
    The ensuing URL may be of some help!…
    Please!… no emails!

  • Chrsitine

    I have a problem in that when I get to the Administrative Template a “All Settings” folder is not listed???? Any ideas

  • joseb86

    funcionó muchas gracias!!!!

  • Rajesh

    I need basic setting for gpedit,regarding

  • Tomek

    doesn’t work in my case

  • Red

    Thank you for the excellent program (script), it has been very helpful for me to be able to help a customer lock down the numerous default security holes in Win10 Home; very much appreciated.

  • Ahmed

    hi. im from libya and it worked to me. thanks s

  • geomorillo

    This is a life saving feature thanks you are a genius it works!!!

  • aleena

    Hi i am from Pakistan, i want to say it worked for me, my lappy wasnt working because of an update, now its ok, bye bye

  • gnoppix

    Thanks for sharing. The easiest way to fix gpedit.msc.

  • Keith Islip
    Keith Islip

    At stage 4 how do I run gpedit.msc?

  • Mark

    the application opens, but changes you make don’t apply ,they don’t work.

  • M

    installed and doesnt work, how do i uninstall it now?

  • KlotheMonster YT
    KlotheMonster YT

    Thanks! really needed this :D

  • Oberdan

    Thank you so much!
    It worked beautifully.

  • Raj Gupta
    Raj Gupta

    Did not work for me :(

  • Alien Grey
    Alien Grey

    It’s possible that at some time it did work but I’ve tried again and can’t get it to work. The fdeploy.dll file from the Windows 10 Home SysWOW64 folder is corrupt. Dism and SFC can’t fix it because the source file is also corrupt and there’s no alternative source to download it from. I’ve tried to replace the file myself but that doesn’t make any difference. Regsvr32 says that it isn’t a valid .dll and not compatible with 64bit so it doesn’t register it.

  • İlhami YENİAYDIN
    İlhami YENİAYDIN

    It works fine for me.
    OS system is windows 10 Home.

  • niz30

    thank you, it worked just fine :)

  • Alien Grey
    Alien Grey

    It does install just fine but I can also confirm that changing settings with the Group Policy Editor doesn’t work with Windows 10 Home. I decided to remove it but that doesn’t seem to be as easy as installing. Dism and SFC throws errors and there’s no fix for it. I tried to use install.wim as source but no joy.

  • WastedMyTime

    Confirmed that this DOES “Enable” Group Policy Editor as a VISUAL however the Group Policy Editor does not actually function at all. Any changes you make to any policy DOES NOT actually do anything at all. Simply tried to enable policies to not show recently used items or start menu recent programs. Changing the policy DID NOTHING. So in short: don’t waste your time. This fix only APPEARS to work as you want it. It DOESN’T actually enable a functional Group Policy Editor.

  • Jonas

    Great work! It works. Thank you :)

  • bro

    this file spreads virus to your pc

    • StarvingGeek

      No it doesn’t, it uses DISM to enable windows features. The commands it runs are only able to enable features that are built into windows

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      This file contains just a simple command to activate Group Policy Editor in Windows. If you are not sure, you may open the file in Notepad and copy and paste the contents in PowerShell.

  • Vance Harris
    Vance Harris

    This is FANTASTIC!

  • M

    It’s flawless! Thank you so much

  • Max

    This works flawlessly.. just tried today and is simple… also batch file has single command invokes ms internal package…. safe and works.

  • Jof Salazar
    Jof Salazar

    Thanks a lot. It worked for me.

  • Larry J Sherfield
    Larry J Sherfield

    Was I supposed to do anything after I ran gpedit.msc. The article did not say. Does it do what I need just by running it. It seems I should have changed something.

  • gayan

    It’s really worked. Love this post. Thanks ?

  • Michael

    The GPEDIT-Enabler Batch File must be started with Administrator rights (right click mouse). Otherwise it does not work.

  • Don

    Created gpedit.msc as advertised, thank you for this. However, as Fitzcarraldo mentions, it didn’t produce the results I had hoped for. I selected Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and File Explorer. I enabled “Do not show the ‘new application installed’ notification”, but I still get an irritating prompt that I had hoped would disappear. Outside your scope, but any suggestions would be gratefully received. Meantime, thanks for getting me this far.

  • Benjamin

    Great, thank you!

  • Fitzcarraldo

    The script gpedit-enabler.bat works and does indeed install Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home (I have Version 1607). The trouble is that Group Policy Editor does not actually do anything useful. None of the settings I configure using gpedit.msc (either as administrator or as a user) are actually applied. Microsoft must have coded Windows 10 Home Edition so that Group Policy Editor cannot actually implement the changes you make.

    Has anyone used gpedit.msc, as installed by gpedit-enabler.bat, to make a change that actually had an effect in Windows Home Edition?

  • Dennis McRitchie
    Dennis McRitchie

    Excellent script. Thank you!

  • Sue

    Worked great on my laptop. Windows 10 Home Edition. Thanks!

  • vijay

    works without error compared to other method

  • Chris

    The group policy enabler for window 10 work well without no errors at all and easy to installed. I installed it on my two laptops.
    Thanks for your help.

  • Mariano Mosquera
    Mariano Mosquera

    Thanks for your help on how to activate the “Group Policy Editor”. I do have a question: is this “Group Policy Editor” the same tool as the “Local Policy Editor”??

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      If you are talking about Local Security Policy Editor, it is a subset of Group Policy Editor. You can only configure settings related to Windows security using secpol.msc (security policy editor) while gpedit.msc can be used to administer all kinds of system policies.

  • Mitchell A
    Mitchell A

    I ran as an Administrator, and only did the command prompt part, then closed.(Ive tried this a few times). Afterwards If i try to open, It gives me a 720 error, says I need elevated permission. Screw microsoft, I have very few things I can change, even if I change the setting, Half the time my computer says”— you, Do it my way”. This computer is miserable: brand new and it freezes, or works at a snails pace with only like 2 apps I installed; they’re are just as bad as apple

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Mitchell, can you tell me your computer configuration? I may be able to help you speeding up your computer.

  • JennE

    Doesn’t work. Thanks for the waste of time. Run>> GPEdit.msc brings up an error dialog box, “Windows cannot find….”.

  • john

    that’s the Chinese version, help-about – and you read what it says there

  • hadi

    oh it’s worked
    very thank you

  • Popoop

    Thank you, this worked perfectly on y laptop. (Windows 10 Home version 1709 OS Build 16299.19) 12/11/2017

  • blair

    It worked as normal very easy for anyone to use.

  • db71

    Is it true that this doesn’t work? I enabled the Group Policy Editor, but non of the settings are applied. Is there a workaround to get this to work on Windows 10 Home?

  • Bill Bennett
    Bill Bennett

    I had no problem installing the group policy editor. The problem I found is that you cannot turn off windows defender completely. The option is there but when I enable it nothing happens.

  • Dubz

    Sure this method installs gpedit BUT as some others have pointed out here, it doesn’t actually work. I have Win 10 x64 Home ver 1703 with a genuine license. None of the configured settings work. I have followed all the steps accurately.. even activating the built in Super Admin account.. taking full ownership of System 32 and System folders.. so unless someone can affirmatively tell us that any user configured settings/templates actually work.. this whole process is pointless. Microsoft must have code embedded deep in the system to prevent Home editions from using gpedit.

    Is there anyone who can actually get the policies to work ?

  • Philip Reich
    Philip Reich

    Great solution — I have posted links to this page on various other sites promoting this safe solution that doesn’t require any program downloads or registry editing….

    The only suggestions I would make on this is that you could turn “echo on” so people could watch the commands as they run, and also make the format of the batch file more readable — putting each command on its own line would help a lot. But these are quibbles — the solution runs as-is.

  • john smithq
    john smithq

    This seems really fishy to me, random bat file? the link that took me to this page said that you can do it through powershell, yet this article makes no mention of powershell…


    • Philip

      Try looking at the batch file before you condemn it.
      1. locates the Group Policy Editor packages that were put on the Windows 10 Home installation but were not installed by the installer.
      2. stores the path and file names of these packages in a text file
      3. Runs a loop installing these packages using the text file as input to the DISM command.

      That’s it — it doesn’t install programs that aren’t already on your machine, and doesn’t do any registry tweaks either. Simply installs previously uninstalled packages already present on your machine…. It’s rather clever how they do this too.

      • Usman Khurshid
        Usman Khurshid

        Hi Philip, thanks a lot for clarifying the whole process. You explained it better than me :)

  • AjayB

    It works after the download as per your instructions.
    Thanks a lot.

  • VK

    Most GPO policies in W10 are now restricted by Product Policy Licenses
    so adding the GPO or equivalent registry value to unsupported Edition will have no effect. So even if you are installing Group Policy Editor, the policies will not work until you get a license for Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise editions.

  • Alberto

    Thank you,
    This really works.

  • Andrea

    Thanks, I had lost control of my computer, and now I have that control back. I loathe automatic updates, when they force you to upload things you never need or wanted or used. this time it was a major update that took over the controls of my administration rights, arghhh. Microsoft infuriate me doing this, roll on Linux becoming a major choice, rather than a may be.

  • shoeb s
    shoeb s

    this resolved my issue in windows 10 home single language 64 bit. Now I can run gpedit.. thanks a lot!

  • Bart Z. Lederman
    Bart Z. Lederman

    I need to put GPEDIT.MSC onto a friend’s laptop, but would anyone in their right mind download software that modifies the system on a fundamental level from an unknown source that appears to be shilling their own products? I wouldn’t.

  • William Tront
    William Tront

    RUN: gpedit.msc. x WINDOWS CAN NOT FIND ‘gpedit.msc.’ MAKE SURE YOU TYPED THE NAME CORRECTLY, AND THEN TRY AGAIN. Tried this step by step and keeps coming up with this message and in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 There is a gpedit Microsoft Common Console Document And There Is A gpedit.dll BUT NO gpedit.msc THEN IN C:\Windows\System32 There Is gpedit.dll That’s It That’s All I Got But Still NO ‘gpedit.msc

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Have you run the file with administrative privileges?

  • Alvan

    As I said before I ran this file and I now have boot problems. Ran SFC /scannow and got 5 corrupt dll files that couldn’t be fixed. Ran DISM still no fixes. The 5 dll files are appmgr, fde, fdeploy, gpedit and gptext. Error seems to be that the 5 files in the syswow64 folder are not the same as the ones in the system32 folder. Could not unregister and reregister. Has anyone got a fix for this problem. Have Windows 10 Home 64 bit ver. 1607.

    • Charles

      Wondering the same here… Is there a way to fix this? I also have “Microsoft software protection platform service” using around 30% of my CPU sometimes, although I’m not sure it’s the same problem. How do I unistall the group policy editor to see if it fixes something?

  • Ahmed

    it really help me to enable group policy editor in my laptop,
    thank you very much. its really very easy as show above steps.

  • dom mongo
    dom mongo

    this worked for me alsoL
    For whatever reason I had to open an admin cmd prompt and run it manually but once I did it worked like a charm. Thank you very much!

  • Alvan

    Ran this bat file, gpedit.msc installed. However, changes to Windows Automatic Update not show in Windows 10 64 bit Home settings.

  • Alvan

    Tried above method twice. Changed windows automatic update settings to #5 for administrator choices. Does not change my update settings at all. I have Windows 10 64-bit Home version 1607. Also C:\Windows\temp\gpedit folder does not exist. How can I fix this problem?

  • Bill

    The administrative templates do not apply, it does not matter with option I turn on, even with gpupdate /force there are no changes :-(

  • Matija Wire
    Matija Wire

    Hi, nice people!!1

    This solution help to me, very much!!

    Thanks for all my heart. You safe me my night.

    Best regards,

    Matija from Croatia

  • Denis

    Useful, it worked for me… Thanks

  • da-lurkes

    ditto the folks saying thanks, thanks. (I would’ove turnnd off my ad blocker but your ad count is 134 and climbing “as we speak”, so thanks (146 now))

  • Alex

    Does this method also work for 64-bit Windows? And what is the difference with the method you describe here: (in this article you refer to a different download). Which method is the best for 64-bit Windows?

  • Nithya Chandru
    Nithya Chandru

    This software is not abserve.

  • Prof. Eobard Thawne
    Prof. Eobard Thawne

    Everything worked like a charm… until I realised that all of the settings don’t do a thing. Is there a fix for this? Great work with getting gpedit.msc running, though.

  • Harrison Wells, PhD.
    Harrison Wells, PhD.

    Everything worked like a charm… until I realised that all the settings don’t do a thing. Is there a potential fix for this?

  • WagsTheDog

    There is something wrong as it never adds the first package,it just sits there as if it cannot find the file.

    • Koster

      For windows 7 home it but more time install it because it does not place it at the same place personally I saw the difference right away avoid using your computer for the moment its risk of creating an error at the first launch From gpedit :) bye bye


    work for all windows home for me ty dude good job not virus 100% clear for me just not download suspect simple add file missing for enabled gpedit.msc

  • SadPencil

    I DO enabled gpedit.msc, BUT all the settings in gpedit seems NOT TO MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE. No matter what option I turned on, it doesn’t work. In my opinion the Home editon doesn’t follow gpedit even if gpedit.msc exists.

  • Jack Of All Trades
    Jack Of All Trades

    Is this works on Creators Update…. pls tell

  • Susan Ellis
    Susan Ellis

    Thank you!!! It actually works!

  • Kirsten Sultan
    Kirsten Sultan

    I am new to Windows 10 and didn’t realize that on Windows 10 Home Edition the administrator is local and really don’t have any power. I couldn’t even download the Bat file. Kept getting errors! Was fuming!! Then I went to Control Panel, User Accounts and changed my rights to Administrator instead of Local Administrator, saved the file, right clicked on the downloaded file and chose “run as administrator”. That did it!!!! Very, Very thankful to you!!!!!

  • Fred Fudpucker
    Fred Fudpucker

    What a great service you have provided. I watched a couple of videos and knew the instructions were too complicated for this 75 year old. Then I found yours, started on the first method, then found the newer method and Viola! worked like a charm. Can’t thank you enough!

  • Ed L

    Downloaded gpedit-enabler.bat and ran as administrator.
    1st result is popup stating:
    “The app you’re trying to install isn’t a verified app from the Store”
    I cancelled the install.
    Please advise as to the reason for the warning, as I was under the impression
    that this was a process to activate gpedit, rather than downloading and/or installing
    any new “apps”.


  • Ken W.

    Thank you for making it so easy…..
    you’re awesome! totally awesome…

  • SlackerX

    For whatever reason I had to open an admin cmd prompt and run it manually but once I did it worked like a charm. Thank you very much!

  • Jack Dennis
    Jack Dennis

    Your a blooming wonder….I tried the first method and it did not work, now tried this and it works great. Many thanks for your hard work!

  • Bennie Bryant Jr
    Bennie Bryant Jr

    DON’T FORGET: “RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR” I forgot then when I ran it as Admin It worked thanks guy’s I Appreciate the hard work you do. Bennie Bryant Jr.

  • Bennie Bryant Jr
    Bennie Bryant Jr

    RUN: gpedit.msc. x WINDOWS CAN NOT FIND ‘gpedit.msc.’ MAKE SURE YOU TYPED THE NAME CORRECTLY, AND THEN TRY AGAIN. Tried this step by step and keeps coming up with this message and in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 There is a gpedit Microsoft Common Console Document And There Is A gpedit.dll BUT NO gpedit.msc THEN IN C:\Windows\System32 There Is gpedit.dll That’s It That’s All I Got????????????? But Still NO ‘gpedit.msc’ THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND HELP…..Bennie R. Bryant, Jr.

  • Preshak jaswant
    Preshak jaswant

    it worked like charm. home edition win 10.

  • svg

    I followed steps and restart computer, and I get the error message “MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in might not have been installed correctly.
    Name: Group Policy Object Editor
    CLSID: let me know if you need this

    Using windows 10 Home

    • Metafaniel

      This is my issue too. Please provide an update on what to do to be able to resolve the issue. THANKS

      • Usman Khurshid
        Usman Khurshid

        Running the script in administrative mode is important. If this is missed, the MMC will not be installed.

        • Frederic

          Hi Usman, i ran the command and the group policy installed well. However, i wanted to remove the group policy, essentially reverse the command. What command should i use?

        • Karen

          I ran as administrator, still getting this error…

  • Shahmeer Zaman
    Shahmeer Zaman

    how do i fix this mmc cannot create the snap-in

  • Seiko

    Hey dude, my cmd just shut down when i open the enabler file…
    So when i try ti run the gpedit.msc came the message “mmc cannot create the snap-in”…

    • Usman Khurshid
      Usman Khurshid

      Hi Seiko, the cmd window should not shutdown if it is executed properly. Please open command prompt as administrator and try to run the file from there. It should run successfully or it should give some type of error. Kindly share the error with us so that we can fix it.

      • Dalip Singh
        Dalip Singh

        Thanks for such a beautiful way to go through,which I could not find anywhere else.I had messed with this as CC Cleaner could not clean my Edge cashe etc,so I followed their advise and messed it up.Now it is running well.I did this to troubleshoot my Edge freezing and its tabs taking too long to open.Wonder If i should add more RAM to this 4GB new laptop as it is a laggard.

      • Don

        How to disable or undo what the .bat file does?

  • Alex Zelenov
    Alex Zelenov

    The script worked perfectly, many others’ assumed Intel processor, only this one worked on my AMD.

Leave your comment