Some programmers/Windows enthusiasts found a way to install the Group Policy Editor on every version of Windows.
Windows7forum’s davehc created his own installer for Group Policy Editor (and user @jwills876 posted it on DeviantArt).
And thanks to these guys, you can install the GPE on every version of Windows, including Windows 10 Home.
How can I install Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home?
1. Download the Group Policy Editor enabler
- Download the installer from jwills876’s DeviantArt page.
- Before you run a downloader, you’ll need to go to the following location and copy the GroupPolicy and GroupPolicyUsers folders and the gpedit.msc file:
- Paste them in the following folder:
- Now, run the installer, follow the instructions, but close it at the last step (don’t hit the Finish button).
- Now, go to the following folder:
- Right-click on x86.bat (or x32.bat, if you’re running a 32-bit version of Windows Home), choose Open With, and select Notepad (If you don’t like Notepad and want some more alternatives, you can check out this list with the best note taking apps).
- In the document, you’ll find a total of 6 code lines which contain the following string: %username%:f
- Replace every %username%:f with “%username%:”f (for example, replace %WinDir%SysWOW64gpedit.dll /grant:r %username%:f with icacls %WinDir%SysWOW64gpedit.dll /grant:r “%username%”:f)
- Now, just save the file, and run it as Administrator.
If nothing happens when you click on Run as administrator, check out this useful guide to fix the issue.
Also, if copy-paste isn’t working and you can’t move the above-mentioned folders, follow this guide to fix the problem quickly.
That’s that, after performing this, you should be able to run Group Policy Editor on your Windows 10 Home. We also should mention that this method is originally for Windows 7, but it also works well on Windows 10.
2. Use third-party software for group policy editing
- Download Policy Plus from Github.
- You don’t need to install anything because it is a portable app.
- Policy Plus will start immediately.
As you can see, another way of editing the group policy on any Windows system, including the Home version is the Policy Plus app.
It’s almost exactly the same as the Group Policy editor but it also has a search feature that helps you find certain policies.
However, we have to specify that the policy editing only works locally because Windows 10 Home cannot join a domain in Active Directory, probably the main cause why the editor wasn’t included.