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How To Enable Group Policy Editor In Windows 10 Home

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Bought a new laptop for business use. I wanted to prevent users from installing software on it. Read that this could be done via Group Policy. But the OS that was shipped was Windows 10 Home edition. Group Policy Editor by default is only installed in the PRO version of Windows. Thanks to this article here, I managed to solve this issue easily.

Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home using GPEdit Installer

Since the Group Policy Editor is not included in Windows 10 by default, we will need to download the editor first. You may download it from the below-mentioned download link.

Download Link

Installing gpedit.msc correctly

If you have 32-bit Windows (x86) then the setup should install smoothly without any problems and you should be able to access the Group Policy Editor through the Microsoft Management Console by going to Run –> gpedit.msc. But if you have 64-bit Windows (x64) then you will need some extra steps after running the installer. Follow the steps below after running the installer:

  • Go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder
  • Copy the following folders and files from C:\Windows\SysWOW64 to C:\Windows\System32
  • “GroupPolicy“, “GroupPolicyUsers” and gpedit.msc.
  • This will make sure that you can run the editor from the Run dialog.

That’s it!