How to Enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home

If you are a technical guy working on Windows, then you must know how useful Group Policy Editor is. It allows you to enable some hidden features in Windows. It also allows you to disable features that you don’t want. Just like you can disable Windows 10 updates using Group Policy Editor. But if you are using Home edition of Windows 10, you are going to miss this awesome tool. But don’t worry, there is a way to enable Group Policy Editor on Window 10 Home edition.

Microsoft removes some tools from Windows builds for home or basic users while providing them for professional or business users. Same is the case with Group Policy Editor. Microsoft provides Group Policy Editor with Windows 10 Pro edition, but not with Home edition. So if you are looking for a method to enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home Edition, you are welcome. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home edition and fix “Windows Cannot Find gpedit.msc” error.

Enable gpedit.msc on Windows 10 Home Edition

Though Group Policy editor is not installed in Windows 10 Home version by default but installation files are available there. You just need to install these files and Group Policy Editor will be enabled. If you are a pro user, you can use DISM Tool to install Group Policy Editor files and enable gpedit.msc. But if you are normal user, worry not, you can use a batch file created by MajorGeeks to do the job. You can download the batch file below.

Download gpedit-enabler.bat File

Click the link below to download “gpedit-enabler.bat” file to enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home edition.


Step 1

Download the batch file from the download link provided above or use this link. After downloading, save this file to any folder on your computer. Or simply put this batch file on your desktop.

If you are wondering about the content of this batch file, here is the basic functionality used in this script:

@echo off
pushd "%~dp0"
dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~3*.mum >List.txt
dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~3*.mum >>List.txt
for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . List.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\%%i"

Step 2

Right-click on the batch file and select “Run as Administrator“. Please note that you must have Administrative privileges to run the script.

run the script as administrator to enable gpedit.msc in windows 10 home edition

Step 3

The script will run in command prompt window and will start the installation. It may take 3-5 minutes to enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home Edition. You can see the installation progress in command prompt window.

See also: A to Z list of Windows CMD commands.

script uses dism tool to enable group policy editor in windows 10 home

Step 4

After the installation is done, restart your computer. Now, you will have Group Policy Editor enabled. Just search for “gpedit” on Start and you will see it in search results. Now you can use it to do some advanced troubleshooting on your Windows 10 Home.

search for group policy editor on start

Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home Edition

Above tutorial explained, how you can enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home Edition. This will also fix “Windows Cannot Find gpedit.msc” error. You can use DISM tool to enable other Pro feature which are not enabled in Home edition of Windows 10.

Hope you liked this tutorial. Feel free to share it with your friends on social media to help more people. You can drop your queries and suggestions in the comment section down below. You can also check following linked tutorial to speed up your Windows 10.

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