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How to install Group Policy Editor on Windows

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Windows 10 users, or for that matter almost Windows users quite regularly face the Group Policy Editor error. In fact, the Group policy Editor is a feature that is available only in the Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 (and also on Windows 8). Let us examine how can we resolve this error by installing Group Policy Editor on your Windows installation. We will explain the how to install Group Policy Editor on Windows in a simple and lucid manner.

What is Group Policy Editor?

Well, for those who are not aware, Group Policy Editor is a tool that lets you, as an administrator, manage policy settings in Windows MMC. The Windows Group policy Editor consists of several advanced settings. Network Administrators normally require these settings. However, these settings can also be used for local administration as well.

Windows 10 Pro edition differs much from Windows 10 Home edition. The major difference lies in the networking management. Windows 10 Home edition does not come with Group Policy Editor. For that matter, none of the Windows operating system versions provide Group Policy Editor option in the Home or basic editions. It is available only on Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions. This applies to Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 as well.

Why do we need Group policy Editor?

Agreed, Group Policy Editor is needed for networking administration. But, there are some cases where it may be needed for the proper management of local computer as well.
Of course, the settings can be changed using the Windows System Registry. But, as we are aware that method is a bit risky. The changes you make using Group Policy Editor can be reverted easily, while the changes done through Windows registry may prove to be quite irreversible. It can also have adverse effects on the functioning on your system.

How to install group Policy Editor?

We will concentrate on installing Group policy Editor on the Home edition of Windows 10 in the tutorial below. Please note that these steps should apply to Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well.

We will need to use a third-party Group Policy Editor installer to work with this tutorial. The file we download will be a simple installation file. Here are the steps involved in the procedure

Step 1 – Download the Installer

As we are aware, Group Policy Editor does not come preinstalled on Windows 10 Home edition. That would need us to download the editor before proceeding.

Visit https://www.itechtics.com/?ddownload=18248 to download the installer. You may also get the installer file from the link http://drudger.deviantart.com/art/Add-GPEDIT-msc-215792914. The file you download will be a simple installation file akin to any other installation files you download. It will install Group policy Editor on your Windows 10 Home edition.

Step 2 – Install gpedit.msc

You should be able to install it quite easily. Just need to click on the installation file and it will install itself without any issues. You should be able to run the Group policy Editor without any issues.

  • If you are on a 32 bit Windows system, it should be quite easy.
  • Go running and type in gpedit.msc.

If you are using a 64 bit Windows installation, you may need to make a few additional settings. Follow the steps here below-

  • Go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64
  • Locate the files GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers, and gpedit.msc.
  • Copy them to paste in C:\Windows\System32.

Once these steps are completed successfully, you should be able to run the Group Policy Editor through Run ->gpedit.msc.

Some issues that may arise

You may get the MMC could not create the snap-in error in certain cases. The error may pop up when you attempt to run the gpedit.msc. You can sort out the issues with the below mentioned steps.

    • Check your Windows Temp folder and ensure that the file C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit exits.
    • Visit the link https://www.itechtics.com/?ddownload=18249 and download the file.
    • Unzip the downloaded file to C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit.

This will replace x86.bat and x64.bat files.

  • Run x86.bat if you are running 32 bit Windows operating system. If you are on 64 bit Windows, you will need to run x64.bat. You have to run these files as an administrator.

That should do it. You should now be able to run Group policy Editor quite easily.

Here is another method that should work for you

There is another method you can use to fix the MMC could not create the snap-in error. The method will not need you to download any file from third party sites. Follow the steps here below –

  • The error appears because of some issues with your username or profile.
  • Locate C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit folder
  • Find the x86.bat file and open it with Notepad.
  • Replace %username%:f with “%username%”:f. Do not forget to add the quotes. This will make your username a single worded one.
  • Save the file with changes.
  • Follow the same steps with the x64.bat file.
  • These steps will change both your files with the corrected versions.
  • Save both the files and exit Notepad.
  • Now run the x86.bat file as an administrator.
  • If you are running 64 bit Windows operating system, you will need to run the x64.bat file. Make sure you run it as an Administrator.

If you are unsure of how to run a file as an administrator, just right click on the file and choose Run As An Administrator from among the context menu.

By the way, though the steps indicated above are focussed on Windows 10 – be sure that these work in the similar fashion on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well. And yes, there is one more point we would wish to add here. The Group policy Editor is not exactly a feature designed for the Home edition of your Windows 10. As such, though you can enable it on your Home edition, you may not be able to get the same kind of functionality that you experience on the Pro version.

In Conclusion

Well, those were the steps you need to follow to enable Group Policy Editor on your Windows operating system. The tutorial should be helpful if you are facing any issue with setting any administrative privileges. Please note once again that the features may not be exactly same as in the Pro version. Have you used these tips to enable Group Policy Editor on your Windows?

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