Group Policy Editor is a great tool to tweak or enable hidden features in Windows. It also allows you to disable features that you don’t want. Just like you can disable Windows 10 updates using Group Policy Editor. But if you are using the Home edition of Windows 10, you are going to miss this awesome tool. But don’t worry, there is a way to enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home edition as well.
Microsoft removes some tools from Windows builds for home or basic users while providing them for professional or business users. The same is the case with Group Policy Editor. Microsoft provides Group Policy Editor with Windows 10 Pro edition, but not with Home edition. So, if you are looking for a method to enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home Edition, you are welcome. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home edition and fix the “Windows Cannot Find gpedit.msc” error.
Enable gpedit.msc on Windows 10 Home Edition
Though the Group Policy editor is not installed in the Windows 10 Home version by default, installation files are available there. You just need to install these files and Group Policy Editor will be enabled. If you are a pro user, you can use the DISM Tool to install Group Policy Editor files and enable gpedit.msc. But if you are a normal user, worry not, you can use a batch file created by MajorGeeks to do the job.
Step 1: Download Gpedit Enabler Script
Download the batch file from this link. After downloading, save this file to any folder on your computer. Or simply put this batch file on your desktop.
If you are wondering about the content of this batch file, here is the basic functionality used in this script:
@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" exit
Step 2: Run the Batch Script as Administrator
Right-click on the batch file and select “Run as Administrator“. Please note that you must have Administrative privileges to run the script.
You may also see UAC Prompt. So, click Yes to continue.
Step 3: Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home
The script will run in the Command Prompt window and will start the installation. It may take 3-5 minutes to enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home Edition. You can see the installation progress in the Command Prompt window.
Step 4: Launch Group Policy Editor from the Start
After the installation is complete, restart your computer. Now, you will have Group Policy Editor enabled. Just search for
gpedit on Start and you will see it in the search results.
Now you can use it to do some advanced troubleshooting on your Windows 10 Home.
Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home Edition
The above tutorial explained, how you can easily enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home Edition. This will also fix the “Windows Cannot Find gpedit.msc” error. You can use the DISM tool to enable other Pro features that are not enabled in the Home edition of Windows 10.
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