How to Enable & Open GPEdit in Windows 10 Home

With a simple trick, you are able to open the gpedit tool in Windows 10 Home. All you have to do is let the group policy editor in Windows 10 Home. This is how.

Should you running Windows 10 Home edition then you cannot use some tools and features that are only at Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise editions. The audience Policy Editor or also referred to as gpedit is one such tool. Using the Group Policy Editor, you can set and enforce specific policies on the Windows system. Why is the audience Policy Editor special is its simplicity of use and the capability to act as a central place for many advanced Windows settings.

Even without the the gpedit tool, you can use the registry editor to configure most of those settings. However, as most of you realize, the registry editor is not that user-friendly and if you are not careful, there’s a high amount of chance for items to fail.

That being said, Microsoft blocking access to gpedit in Windows 10 Home is an artificial restriction. This means that having a simple trick, you can open gpedit in Windows 10 Home. All you have to do is install gpedit in Windows 10 home and configure several settings and you’re simply good to go. Without further delay, allow me to show you how you can get it done.

Important note: To enable gpedit.msc in Windows 10, we have to make use of a third-party app that will make changes to the system files. So, before proceeding any further, I recommend you create a system restore point and make up a full system backup. Also, follow the steps below at your own risk.

Open gpedit in Windows 10 Home

To set up and open gpedit in Windows 10 Home follow the steps listed below.

1. To allow the group policy editor in Windows 10 home, we must make use of a free application called Add GPEDIT. So, go ahead and download the zip file in the developer page.

2. After downloading the app, open the File Explorer and visit the “C:\Windows\SysWOW64” folder. You can just copy the path, paste it within the address bar and press Enter to visit the target folder. Here, copy the “GroupPolicy” and “GroupPolicyUsers” folders. You can select these two folders at the same time by holding on the Ctrl button and hitting them.

3. Now, open the downloaded zip file, extract it, and double-click around the “setup.exe” file. Stick to the installation wizard. When you are at the end, don?¡¥t click the Finish button. Just close the installer by clicking on the “X” icon in the top-right corner.

4. Open the File Explorer, type “C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit” within the address bar and press Enter.

5. Right-click on the “x86.bat” file and select “Edit.”

6. Once is file is opened in the Notepad, replace all cases of %username%:f with “%username%”:f. If you’re wondering, all we did was add quotes around %username%.

7. Save the file with “Ctrl + S” shortcut and close it.

8. In the File Explorer window, right-click on the “x86.bat” file and choose the “Run as administrator” option. This course of action will install the gpedit in Windows 10 and adds all the necessary DLL files that are required to operate the tool.

That is all. It is that simple to set up the group policy editor in Windows 10 home. After installing, you are able to open the audience policy editor by executing the gpedit.msc run command.

Do remember that even though you have access to the Group Policy Editor, some features and options it’s still unavailable to you. This is because the modules and snap-ins related to those settings featuring may not be available for Home users. Nevertheless, having some access is better than no access.