As you may already know, the Local Group Policy Editor app is available in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition. Windows 10 Home users have no access to gpedit.msc due to restrictions applied to the OS. Here is a simple and elegant solution that allows unblocking it without installing third-party apps.
Group Policy is a way to configure computer and user settings for devices which are joined to Active Directory Domain Services (AD) as well as local user accounts. It controls a wide range of options and can be used to enforce settings and change the defaults for applicable users. Local Group Policy is a basic version of Group Policy for computers not included in a domain. The Local Group Policy settings are stored in the following folders:
If you are running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor app to configure the options with a GUI.
Unfortunately, gpedit.msc is not included in Windows 10 Home. If you are a Windows 10 Home user, you are forced to make all the required Group Policy with Registry tweaks.
Tip: You can search for required Registry keys and values by using the following web site: GPSearch.
Finally, the Reddit user 'whitesombrero' has discovered a method that allows enabling the Local Group Policy app in Windows 10 Home. Here is how it can be done.
To Enable Gpedit.msc (Group Policy) in Windows 10 Home,
- Download the following ZIP archive: Download ZIP archive.
- Extract its contents to any folder. It contains only one file, gpedit_home.cmd
- Unblock the included batch file.
- Right-click on the file.
- Select Run as Administrator from the context menu.
You are done!
The batch file will call DISM to activate Local Group Policy Editor. Wait until the batch file finishes its work.
Here are the contents of the batch file.
@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" pause
Please keep in mind that certain policies won't work in Windows Home. Some policies are hardcoded for Windows Pro+ versions. Also, if you activate gpedit.msc with the provided batch file, changing per-user policies won't take effect. They still require a Registry tweak.
There is a good alternative to the built-in gpedit.msc app called Policy Plus. It is a third-party open source app:
Policy Plus is intended to make the power of Group Policy settings available to everyone.
- Run and work on all Windows editions, not just Pro and Enterprise
- Comply fully with licensing (i.e. transplant no components across Windows installations)
- View and edit Registry-based policies in local GPOs, per-user GPOs, individual POL files, offline Registry user hives, and the live Registry
- Navigate to policies by ID, text, or affected Registry entries
- Show additional technical information about objects (policies, categories, products)
- Provide convenient ways to share and import policy settings