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How to enable gpedit.msc (Group Policy) on Windows 10 Home devices

The Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc is only available in Professional and Enterprise editions of the Windows 10 operating systems.

The editor is not included in Windows 10 Home; while it is possible to make many changes in the Registry directly, using the Group Policy Editor is often more convenient, especially when it comes to the discovery of new settings or making multiple changes.

Some tutorials on the Internet provide Group Policy Editor instructions only. Home users have to search for Registry keys linked to policies in those cases to make those changes to PCs running Windows 10 Home.

Windows 10 Home users could install third-party programs like Policy Plus in the past to integrate Group Policy support in Home editions of Windows.

Update: The method described below adds the Group Policy Editor GUI to the operating system but not the functionality.

Enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home

gpedit windows 10 home batch

A Reddit user published a batch script today on the Windows 10 board on the site that enables the Group Policy Editor directly on Windows 10 Home systems.

Note that it requires elevated privileges to run since it uses DISM.

Here is the 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"
pause

I have created the file and zipped it. You can download it with a click on the following link: windows-10-home-group-policy.zip

Note: If you have troubles downloading the file, download it from this link instead.

windows 10 home group policy editor

All you have to do is the following to enable gpedit.msc on Windows 10 Home.

  1. Make sure you create a backup of the system before you make the change. I have tested this on multiple Windows 10 Home PCs and virtual machines and it worked each time without issues. You want to be on the safe side of things, however, so back up before you run the batch file.
  2. Extract the archive on your system using the built-in zip extractor or a free third-party program like Bandizip or 7-Zip.

    Bandizip

    Version 6.25

    7-Zip

    Version 6.25

  3. Right-click on the batch file, gpedit-windows-10-home.bat is the name if you downloaded the archive version, and select "run as administrator" from the context menu.
  4. Wait until the commands run their course.
  5. Press any button on the keyboard when asked to do so to exit the command prompt window. The Group Policy Editor should be available now.
  6. Open Start, type gpedit.msc and see if it pops up as a result.

Now You: do you use the Group Policy Editor?

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  1. ginko said on January 7, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    I can’t download the zip file

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 7, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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      Why not? What is happening? It works on my end.

      1. Dave B said on January 7, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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        When I click on your link, it goes to the Download in Progress page. That page continuously refreshes without ever getting to the save as window.

  2. Dave B said on January 7, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    Same here, tried Firefox and IE.

  3. Stefan said on January 7, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    Hi Martin. After this, the GPE it will be in what language? In english or in the system language?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 7, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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      Good question. I don’t know. I only ran the comment on English Home editions.

  4. Computer man said on January 7, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    Thank you Martin here is the abanother link no need to run as admin
    https://yadi.sk/d/AHkFNpBEe6i3VQ

    This and similar methode just activate Gpedit.msc in windows language But if you try to use Gpedit.msc you will see that actually gpedit.msc doesn’t work , Just try.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 7, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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      Thanks, you are right. I added the info!

      1. Computer man said on January 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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        You’re welcome greeting

  5. Kevin said on January 7, 2019 at 3:56 pm
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    Patched out in 5,4,3,2,1.

    Seriously, they were brave enough to patch out ReFS creation, a feature that professional users paid for, in order to up-sell said users onto the new workstation edition that didn’t exist when the user bought pro. so if this story starts making the rounds, I’m sure they won’t hesitate to patch it out too.

    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/08/microsoft-to-remove-full-refs-support-from-windows-10-pro-push-workstation-sku/

  6. stefann said on January 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    The file can’t be downloaded. It goes in a loop returning to the site with the link.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 7, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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      do you get a “download blocked” notification in the address bar?

      1. Dave B said on January 7, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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        I don’t.

      2. don said on January 9, 2019 at 4:07 am
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        Just typing the URLin will get you there…ypu dont need the download link.
        But…does this not work?? Others are saying its a waste of time…

      3. stefann said on January 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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        @Martin Brinkmann : No i didn’t then it just looped. Now the download works. Thanks ! :)

  7. Franck said on January 7, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    Thank you very much, this is so useful !!!

  8. Vrai said on January 7, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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    Martin,
    I tried it with Firefox 64 on Linux Mint 18.3 – same thing as the others. The page keeps refreshing by itself. No download. Right click save as did not work either.

  9. Zerstoerer said on January 7, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    Downloaded …with some efforts. I clicked and got the loop reloading the page. I temporarly deactivated my firewall.

    Let the loop going for a while – maybe 10 times – then the download pop up appeared.

    Seems there’s something wrong in the download page, maybe it’s .js?

  10. Yuliya said on January 7, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    >Update: The method described below adds the Group Policy Editor GUI to the operating system but not the functionality.
    There probably is a way to properly enable GPEdit on Home editions. I doubt they went so far ahead as completely breaking it, there’s probably another package not installed or some registry config missing. However, if a proper way is to be found, I expect MS to break it even further, since GPEdit is one of the features Pro or Ultimate sells for.

    1. Yuliya said on January 7, 2019 at 10:00 pm
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      Regarding the download issues some are facing, you must accept, or manage then accept the GDPR popup if you live in a EU country. I tried from a UK VPN and if you bypass that popup, the download won’t start. In Ukraine we don’t get that popup, so it works.

  11. Tom said on January 7, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    Works. I needed this a few times following some guides. Thanks!

  12. UlBoom said on January 8, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    No point in making gpedit appear if it doesn’t work. Better for Home users who really want to mess with the registry to back up the registry before experimenting and after successful mods. Windows Updates will reset most of the changes Home users make, so backups are a good idea.

    Even better is to spend a little money to upgrade to Pro.

  13. Supergirl said on January 8, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    Well… I definitely want to look into this.
    As Im such a noob I cant use the Ghacks.js file.
    I have No idea how. Im too incompetent to.LoL
    I’ll get a UEFI virus from Windows before.
    Thats not being too incompetent is it?!?

    1. supergirlkiller said on September 9, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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      wth are you talking about??? none of that made any sense. UEFI virus ? frommicrosft?

  14. Chris said on January 8, 2019 at 6:49 am
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    Martin,
    when you write:
    “using the Group Policy Editor is often more comfortable”, I think you mean “more convenient”.
    Great blog!

  15. Uncensored said on January 8, 2019 at 11:13 am
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    This “hack” is so old and useless, why even post it? Microsoft adds/remove/changes GP switches in every version making it even more useless. This will do nothing.

    1. ULBoom said on January 8, 2019 at 1:17 pm
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      Yeah, been around forever in different flavors. Some of the “absolutely, positively, guaranteed to work and tested!” versions download gredit from 10 years ago, which barely resembles today’s version.

      I did get gpedit to function yesterday on a Win 10 v.1703 Home machine with internet disabled. A version of gpedit from 2010, which was a little better than useless but not much.

      If I go online, will it be removed? Maybe but that would be minor compared to damage missing updates would do; I need the laptop to run analysis software current versions block.

  16. Anonymous said on January 8, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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    1. asd said on January 9, 2019 at 9:04 am
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      only if they were open source…

  17. asd said on January 9, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    You wrote “The method described below adds the Group Policy Editor GUI to the operating system but not the functionality.” what does that mean? so does it work or not? Thanks
    (don’t have Home edition to try now)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 9, 2019 at 9:49 am
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      It is adding the interface but changes are not applied to the system.

  18. Marc said on February 13, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    I followed the instructions to the letter on a Windows 10 Home laptop and even after a restart this doesn’t work.
    I receive a message saying that that gpedit.msc cannot be found.

  19. J Banana said on May 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    Worked like a champ. Thanks.

  20. Yajokinm8 said on May 22, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    for those complaining about the download link not working
    there is a simple solution you are missing
    just copy the code
    open notepad
    paste the code
    save as anything.bat
    open the file
    DONE

  21. SimonTek said on May 28, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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    Thank you. I find it (GP Editor) great to use for hardening systems, specifically for parents to make the computers safer for their kids.

  22. Paul l Buchanan said on June 11, 2019 at 5:37 am
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    Hi, I have downloaded and install script, on fresh install of windows 10 home 1809, GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers and gpedit.msc have been installed, gpedit.msc GUI works, buy it doesn’t change registry file to make the changes,ie; use gpedit.msc to disable Windows defender restart pc, but there are no change to registry. and defender not disabled, in short gpedit.msc can’t change Registry, any ideas?

  23. Adam said on July 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    Unfortunately, for some reason changes are not applied to any user I choose via mmc.

  24. Anonymous said on July 12, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    ok tried this and it works
    i now have gpedit

  25. Anonymous said on July 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    FYI – After running the batch file, “gpedit.msc” was not in the “C:\Windows\System32” folder until after I rebooted the computer. You may want to mention in your steps that a reboot should be done after the packages have been installed.

  26. C said on July 30, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    emmm, Sorry,
    Because a mistake operation, I closed the bat when it worked.
    so can it work again if I open it again?

    thank you

  27. Anonymous said on September 6, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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    Worked perfectly. Simply script, 10 seconds, gpedit.msc, disbled BITS. Perfect, thanks.

  28. Wawan said on September 15, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    how to disable it again?

  29. Wawan said on September 15, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    but, before that, thank you for the script

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