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Add Local Group Policy Editor to Control Panel in Windows 10

How to Add Local Group Policy Editor to Control Panel in Windows 10

The Local Group Policy Editor is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that provides a single user interface through which all the settings of Local Group Policy objects can be managed. In addition to various methods you can use to access the Local Group Policy Editor app, you can add it to the classic Control Panel in Windows 10.

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Note: Local Group Policy Editor is not available in certain editions of Windows 10. Only Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition include the Local Group Policy Editor app.

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Local Group Policy Editor includes objects that apply to a computer (all users) and users (a specific user account, group, or per-user software software settings). It consists of two parts.

  • Computer Configuration is used to set policies that will be applied to a computer. The change software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates for all users. They typically change Registry keys under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Registry branch and require restarting the computer to make the change to take effect.
  • User Configuration is a set of policies that apply to users. User Configuration comes with options for software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates stored in the per-user Registry branch (HKCU).

Note: Certain options can be configured for both User Configuration and Computer Configuration. Such values can be stored in both HKCU and HKLM Registry branches. When both parameters are set, User Configuration takes precedence over the Computer Configuration value.

If you are reading Winaero, you may already know that you can add almost anything you want to the classic Control Panel - any app, a batch file, a shell folder. For reference, check out:

How to add anything you want to Control Panel

Using the same trick, you can add Local Group Policy Editor to the Control Panel.

To Add Local Group Policy Editor to Control Panel in Windows 10,

  1. Download the following Registry files (the ZIP archive): Download Registry Files
  2. Extract its contents to any folder. You can place the files directly to the Desktop.
  3. Unblock the files.
  4. Double click on the Add Local Group Policy Editor To Control Panel.reg file to merge it.
  5. Now, open the Control Panel and go to System and Security. It now contains Local Group Policy Editor.Windows 10 Add GpEdit To Control Panel

You are done.

Use the included Remove Local Group Policy Editor To Control Panel.reg file to remove the applet from the Control Panel.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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