Network management capabilities are what sets the windows 10 pro and homes editions apart. There is something called as a group policy editors present on the windows platform, which for some reason, is disabled by default. With the help of this guide, you can easily enable group policy editor in simple steps.
In case you don’t know, group policy editor allows you to mess around with advanced network administrative tools that govern your windows PC. Since the home editions do not support this out of the box, you are pretty much left out of it, as compared to the professional edition users.
But thankfully, there is an easy way to install and enable group policy editor on your PC running on Windows 10 Home edition. So in this article, let us learn more about how to correctly install the gpedit.msc and how to enable it.
Download the Group Policy Editor Installer
You first need to download the installer that will get you the group policy editor. Since it is not present in the home edition by default, you will have to install it yourself. You can get the gpedit.msc installer from this link.
It is nothing more than a simple batch file. It will install the features left out of the home edition of Windows 10.
Proper Way to Install & Enable gpedit.msc
Here is what you need to do to install the group policy editor on your PC in the right way:
- Download the installer from the link given above (duh!)
- Run gpedit-enabler.bat as administrator by right-clicking on it and selecting the option that says so.
- The above step will automatically begin the installation process. Once it is done, press any key to exit the command prompt window.
- Now, to access the group editor, head over to Run and type gpedit.msc.
You should now see the group editor window up and running. In case it does not load up the interface, just restart the system and re-access it through Run. This way, you can easily install & enable group policy editor.
Fix Possible Errors
You might face some errors, even in this seemingly simple installation. Something like “MMC could not create the snap-in” is pretty familiar to some users. In case you are one of those who got that message, here is how to fix it:
- Double check if the file exists in its path. It will be somewhere in C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\
- Get the repair zip file for yourself from this link. Extract the contents of the same path, C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\.
- You will find two .bat files in there. The x86 file is for 32 bit systems, and the x64 one is meant for 64 bit systems. Depending on your system’s configuration, select the proper bat file and run it as administrator via a right click on it.
You should now have the group policy editor properly working on top of your 32/64 bit windows 10 home edition OS. But do not forget that this group policy editor was not meant to be a program service of windows 10 home edition, so some issues are not unexpected.
In case the bat file did not work either, try changing the %username%:f from the bat file into “%username%”:f (with the quotes). This replacement can also potentially fix the MMC could not create the snap-in error. Even if you have the home editions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 as well as the starter edition of Windows 10.
Alternate Way to Enable Group Policy Editor
If for some reason, the above methods did not get the group policy editor to run on your system, you can try enabling it using this method as well. Know that all the entries related to the group policy editor are in %SystemRoot%servicingPackages.
- To enable group policy editor, enter the command prompt first by entering Win+R and typing cmd in the search field.
- When the command prompt opens up, simply paste this command and hit enter.
Try launching gpedit.msc from the search menu or the Run command again. It should be working fine now.