There are a lot many differences between the professional and home editions of Microsoft Windows 10. Ranging from enhanced networking management capabilities to the presence of the group policy editor, the professional edition outranks the home edition by a country mile. We will not be talking about enhancing the networking management prowess of your operating system but we will definitely be discussing how you can get the group policy editor in your Windows 10 home edition.
It’s not the first time Microsoft has decided to keep the home users at bay when it comes to the GPEditor; it was absent in the home editions in all the older versions as well including XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Not having this highly useful tool is a huge drawback because group policies are often used to manage the settings of the local machine. The alternate method is to go through the registry keys and manipulate them to change the settings but via the group editor, it’s a whole less risky primarily because you can revert your settings without much headache whereas editing registry can mess up the whole system adversely.
Are you also somebody who just found out that your operating system doesn’t have the all-important group policy editor? Have you been told to upgrade to the professional edition to be able to change your settings? Well don’t you worry then because we have compiled an extensive guide for you to follow in order to have the group policy editor available on your Windows 10 home edition. Perform these steps:
As the first step, we will have to download the editor because it’s not included in our installed OS package. To do so, click on this link.
Once the download completes, you will find a .zip file. You can either extract it via a third party tool or just right click on it, select “Open with” and from the drop-down select “File Explorer”.
You will now see an executable setup file. Double click on it and follow the simple on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. Once this is done, the policy editor should be installed on your computer.
You may be asked to install Visual C Dists, agree to the prompts to install it.
If you have a 32 bit Windows (x86) operating system then you are already done with the installation and you won’t need to follow any further steps. You can now access the global policy editor by invoking the run command (Press the Windows Key + the R button) and typing “gpedit.msc” without the quotation marks in the text field.
If you have a 64 bit windows operating system then you will have to follow a few more steps to get the job done. Once you have completed the installation, perform these steps:
Open the file explorer by pressing the windows key and selecting “File Explorer” from the options available.
Now you need to go to the boot drive (the drive where your windows is installed), say C:\ and make your way to this folder: C:\Windows\SysWOW64
There you should be able to find two folders namely “GroupPolicy” and “GroupPolicyUsers” and one file called gpedit.msc. You need to copy these files to the folder C:\Windows\System32. You might need administrative privileges to perform these actions. This should now allow you to execute the global policy editor command from RUN to invoke the editor.
This should allow you to have access to the editor but some of our users have reported getting the “MMC could not create the snap-in” error message when they tried to start gpedit.msc on their 64 bit Windows 10 operating systems. IF you too are having this issue then you need to perform the following additional steps:
Open the File explorer by pressing the Windows key and selecting it from the start menu.
Make your way to C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit folder and make sure that it’s present. If the folder isn’t there then you must have made some mistake during the installation and we recommend following the steps all over again.
Once you find the folder, you need to replace two files there. Go to this link and download the .zip file. Open its contents in the file explorer and you will find two files namely x86.bat and x64.bat. Copy both these files and paste them in the Temp\gpedit folder. Two files with the same names should already be there in the folder and you will be asked whether you want to replace them or not. Say “Yes” and replace them.
If this still won’t work, then make sure that the enviornment variables are there:
- Hold Windows key and press R
- Type sysdm.cpl and press Enter
- Click Advanced tab
- Click Environment Variables button
- Locate and double click the variable named Path under the System Variables section
- Click New
- Type %SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem and press Enter
- Make sure it is added. You will be able to see it in the list
- Click Ok on every window open
Now check if the problem is solved or not.
After copying and replacing the x64 and x86 files.
- Press Windows key once
- Type cmd in the Start Search box
- Right click on the cmd that appears in the search results and select Run as administrator
- Type cd/ and press Enter
- Type cd windows and press Enter
- Type cd temp and press Enter
- Type cd gpedit and press Enter
- Type x64.bat and press Enter (If your Windows is 64 bit). Type x86.bat and press Enter (if your Windows is 32 bit)
Now it should work fine.
If you weren’t able to access the group policy editor before, you should now be able to definitely do it. Let’s know in the comments how things worked out for you!