How to Enable & Open GPEdit in Windows 10 Home

Having a simple trick, you can open the gpedit tool in Windows 10 Home. All you have to do is enable the group policy editor in Windows 10 Home. This is how.

Should you running Windows 10 Home edition then you cannot apply certain tools and features which are exclusive to 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. What makes the audience Policy Editor special is its ease of use and also the ability to behave as a central place for many advanced Windows settings.

In the absence of the gpedit tool, you can use the registry editor to configure the majority of those settings. However, as most of you realize, the registry editor is not that user-friendly so if you’re not careful, there’s a high amount of chance for things to go wrong.

That being said, Microsoft blocking access to gpedit in Windows 10 Home is definitely an artificial restriction. This means that having a simple trick, you are able to open gpedit in Windows 10 Home. All you need to do is install gpedit in Windows 10 home and configure several settings and you’re simply all set. Without further delay, let me show you how you can do it.

Important note: To enable gpedit.msc in Windows 10, we need to use a third-party app that will make changes somewhere files. So, before proceeding any more, I suggest you produce a system restore point and make up a full system backup. Also, stick to the steps below at the 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 audience 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 go to the “C:\Windows\SysWOW64” folder. You can simply copy the path, paste it in the address bar and press Enter to go to the target folder. Here, copy the “GroupPolicy” and “GroupPolicyUsers” folders. You are able to select these two folders at the same time by holding down the Ctrl button and clicking on them.

3. Now, open the downloaded zip file, extract it, and double-click around the “setup.exe” file. Follow the installation wizard. When you’re at the conclusion, don’t click the Finish button. Just close the installer by hitting the “X” icon at the top-right corner.

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

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

6. Once is file is opened in the Notepad, replace all instances 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. Within the File Explorer window, right-click around 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 needed to operate the tool.

That’s all. It is that simple to install the group policy editor in Windows 10 home. After installing, you can open the group policy editor by executing the gpedit.msc run command.

Do keep in mind that even though you have access towards the Group Policy Editor, some features and options will still be unavailable for you. It is because the modules and snap-ins related to those settings featuring might not be readily available for Home users. Nevertheless, having some access is preferable to no access.