Install Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) In Windows 10 Home Edition

In this post I’ll show how to install the Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home. This same process also works in Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1 Home editions.

By default The Group Policy Editor is not included into Home and Starter editions of the Windows OS since Windows XP.

We’ll need a third-party patch, which includes the necessary files for the Group Policy Editor to work.

You can download the installation archive from here:

Alternative download link

To Install Group Policy Editor:

1. Right click This PC and select properties. You need to know your system type whether you are running a (32-bit x86) or a (64-bit) version of Windows Home edition.


The process of installing (gpedit.msc) is different depending on the System type.

2. Extract the zip file and run the setup.exe as administrator.


If you are running a 32-bit (x86) version of Windows, once you finish installing the patch, you have successfully installed gpedit.msc.

If you are running (64-bit) version of Windows, we need some additional steps:

Go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder, here copy and paste the following folders and files to C:\Windows\System32:

“GroupPolicy“, “GroupPolicyUsers” and gpedit.msc.

This will ensure that you can run the editor from the Run dialog box.


Video Tutorial:

Fix MMC could not create the snap-in error:

1. Make sure the gpedit folder exist by going to: C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\

2. Download the x86x64-zip file and unzip it to C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\. To replace the existing x86.bat and x64.bat files.


I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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1 Response

  1. Louis Gonzalez says:

    Very helpful! Thanks!