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Published on: 2020-01-19
Updated on:2022-01-17 13:20:23
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To resolve alot of issues on Windows we use Group Policy Editor and its a pity it isn’t available on all editions of Windows and some people get the “Windows cannot find gpedit.msc” error message or “Failed to open group policy object on this computer” error message. (screenshot)

Group Policy Editor comes pre-installed, only in Windows Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions but other Windows editions such as Home/Core, Home Basic, Home Premium, Starter and Single Language require the use of third party software’s because they don't come with Group Policy Editor program. The 3rd party software’s we will be discussing are used to install/enable the missing Group Policy Editor program in the editions of Windows without it.

DISCLAIMER: We do not recommend patching system files or using 3rd party softwares to disrupt the original design of your operating system. This was disabled by Windows for a reason and we'll not be responsible if it harms your system. Note that this post is only for informational purposes.

Only for Windows 10 Users

If you are using any version of windows 10 especially the editions that don’t come bundled with Group Policy Editor program (such as Home/Core, Home Basic, Home Premium, Starter and Single Language)  and want to enable Group Policy Editor program, this method is for you.

Now the good news is that the editions of Windows 10 presumed to not come with Group Policy Editor (Home/Core, Home Basic, Home Premium, Starter and Single Language) come with Group Policy Editor program included but disabled. We can activate and enable the program using DISM command, more specifically by using a BATCH file which can automatically install Group Policy Editor program by executing the required DISM command.

  • Finally,  restart your PC.

For Windows 7, 8/8.1 and even windows 10 Users

Here we will use a simple installer to installs the required system files in Windows in order to activate Group Policy Editor in Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10.

  • First, download the setup file using this link: GPedit Installer, and clicking the download link at the right-side section of this link’s page. (Note: This installer tool was shared by "Drudger" @ DA, and created by "davehc" @ Windows7forums and)
  • Extract the downloaded file by using a file archive utility/ extractor and install e.g 7zip: Using seaofapps search assistant, here are sites with 7zip direct download pages.
  • Run the extracted “setup.exe” file (as administrator) by right clicking and selecting "run as administrator" option

         After the installation, you will be able to access gpedit.msc (using “Run” or “Search box”).

For Windows 7 Users

  • Go to "SysWOW64" folder in "C:\Windows"
  • Copy "GroupPolicy", "GroupPolicyUsers" folders and gpedit.msc file from there
  • Paste them in "C:\Windows\System32" folder.

2. If you are getting "MMC could not create the snap-in" error message while running gpedit.msc:

REASON: This happens when your username in Windows contains more than one word.

1. Run the installer and leave it at the last step (do not click to "Finish" and leave the installer still running).

2. Now go to C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\ folder.

3. If you are running 32-bit (x86) edition of Windows 7, right-click on x86.bat file and choose "Open With -> Notepad" option. If you are running 64-bit (x64) edition of Windows 7, right-click on x64.bat file and choose "Open With -> Notepad" option.

4. You'll find a total of 6 lines containing the following string in the file:


5. Edit those lines place %username% in quatation marks (i.e replace %username%:f with "%username%":f in those lines)

For example:

Original version :     icacls %WinDir%\SysWOW64\gpedit.dll /grant:r %username%:f
Edit them to look like this:     icacls %WinDir%\SysWOW64\gpedit.dll /grant:r "%username%":f

6. Save and run the file (right-click -> Run as Administrator).

7. That's it. You'll have working gpedit.msc.

Now your done....

The group policy Editor interface, looks like this:

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