Gpedit.msc (Group Policy Editor) does not come with Windows 7 Home Basic, Starter and Home Premium editions. But here is a way to install it manually. It might work with Win8 and 8.1 as well.
Many system configurations can be customized with Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). But Microsoft has limited this feature Windows 7 Home Basic, Starter and Home Premium editions, and these versions don’t have gpedit.msc (Group Policy Editor) file installed.
Only purchased versions of Windows 7 (Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise editions) are equipped with pre-installed Group Policy Editor (gpedit).
Basic editions are not going to have this feature added whether automatic updates are enabled or disabled, until you spend some money and upgrade to Win7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate versions.
Yet there is a small tool that will install the required system files of Group Policy Editor in Windows 7. You need not worry about whatever Win7 edition you have installed. This installer works perfectly with Windows 7 all editions as well as Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users can also leverage from this tool.
Here is a small third party tool that will enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 7 Home Basic, Starter and Home Premium editors. This is a very small and easy to use installer. You can download it from the link given below:
[box type=”download”] Download Group Policy Editor Installer (archived .zip file)[/box]
This is a zip archive file. You can right click and extract the zip to folder by using Windows default zip extractor. Alternatively, you can download 7-Zip or WinRAR archive utility. 7-Zip is recommended as it’s free and easy to use.
Just extract the file and run Setup.exe installer file. Installation process is quite simple. Once you’ve finished the installation, your Windows will have gpedit.msc and you can access it from Start menu search box or via RUN command dialog.
Issue with Windows 7 (64-bit)
The users having Windows 7 64-bit (x64) installed may need to do some extra work, in case if the simple installer fails to enable Group Policy editor. Follow these steps:
Copy these 2 folders (GroupPolicy and GroupPolicyUsers) and a file (gpedit.msc) and paste them to:
Now open gpedit from RUN or Start menu search box. It’ll be launched without any issue.
MMC could not create the snap-in Error
If you face MMC could not create the snap-in error message when you try to launch gpedit.msc file, you’ll need to fix it with a smart trick. This error usually occurs when Windows login username has more than one word in the name (i.e. FirstName LastName). You probably won’t be willing to change your username, and there is no need at all to do so. All you have to do is, just follow these tricky steps:
Run the installer setup.exe file, but stop when ‘Finish’ button appears. It means proceed with installation until you see the ‘Finish’ button. Don’t press this ‘Finish’ button yet.
Go to the following folder:
If you have Windows 7 32-bit (x84) version, right click on x86.bat and choose ‘Open with’ and choose ‘Notepad’ from the application. Alternatively, open the Notepad, then drag and drop the x86.bat file into Notepad window. If you have Windows 7 64-bit (x64) version, open the x64.bat file in Notepad.
[box type=”info”] You can choose any text editor of your choice if you don’t feel comfortable with Windows Notepad.[/box]
When you open the file in Notepad, you’ll see 6 lines of text in that file. locate the following string:
Replace this string with the following one:
It should look like:
icacls %WinDir%\SysWOW64\gpedit.dll /grant:r %username%:f
icacls %WinDir%\SysWOW64\gpedit.dll /grant:r “%username%”:f
Save the file and close it.
Now right click the file and select “Run as administrator”.
That’s all, Enjoy working gpedit.msc (Group Policy Editor) in all Windows editions. Have fun!