Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in windows 7 home premium : Enable

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Group Policy Editor in windows 7 home premium or Windows 7 Starter, Basic is not functional. Here is a free tool to enable the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in those versions of Windows 7 with details how to use.

If you try to open the Group Policy Editor in Windows 7 Home Premium, Starter or Basic by typing gpedit.msc in the start menu search box or try to run it, the “local Group Policy Editor” window will open with the following message, “MMC could not create the snap-in”.

The reason is, you will not have the Local Group Policy Editor available in the Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium editions. Same non availability of  Group Policy Editor error will show if you use Windows 7 Home Premium on a Mac.

Here is what jwils876 has done a great job by distributing this tool originally created by “davehc” on the Windows 7 forums. He has created an small tool that will enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 7 Home Premium or lower versions.

 

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  1. kbacon77 says

    Did NOT install gpedit.msc … did something, not sure what!

    this site also does NOT install gpedit.msc: icpep . org/installing-gpedit-msc/comment-page-1/#comment-6085

  2. says

    If you are using 64 bit, then you must go to the SysWOW64 folder and copy the GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folder and the gpedit.msc file into the System32 folder. Report back if it still does not work.

  3. juvann says

    Abhishek says:
    September 12, 2011 at 6:07 am
    If you are using 64 bit, then you must go to the SysWOW64 folder and copy the GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folder and the gpedit.msc file into the System32 folder. Report back if it still does not work.

    NO GPEDIT.MSC IN SysWOW64..

  4. says

    Sad. That means it works for some and does not for others. Some people has some problem like you : http://jwils876.deviantart.com/art/Add-GPEDIT-msc-215792914 (developer’s page).
    As Microsoft Windows is not an open source software, unfortunately neither we nor the developer can help you much, I guess. Still, you can contact the developer from the above link.

    If you need any specific feature to enable/disable via Group Policy Editor, just mention them, we will give you the equivalent registry key. We can offer up to this.

  5. Arun mehra says

    Thanks dood thanku soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much i dot it now i can do my work
    once again thanks :-) ;-)

  6. bigjump says

    Thanks alot, everything is working well on my Windows Seven Home Premium 64 bit :)

    But scripts are missing, folders are empty :(
    Please, have you an idea where I should find them ?
    Thanks :)

  7. bigjump says

    I find no script neither in “Scripts\Logon” nor in “Scripts\Logoff” folders.

    I need a script which makes temp folders at startup.
    In my mind I thought to find scripts ready to use.
    And I don’t know how to write a script.

  8. bigjump says

    I’ve got “MakeTempFolders.bat”, it works when I double-clic on it.
    But the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) seems not to work when Windows start up, as the folders are not created.
    So I wonder why ?

  9. says

    hello guys, i install the software and go to SysWOW64 folder and copy the GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folder but the gpedit.msc not exist there only the gpedit and gpedit.dll but i copy and paste also the gpedit.
    and when i run gpedit.msc it says that mmc could not create the snap in?

  10. says

    i follow your instruction but the gpedit.msc not exist in syswow64 only the file gpedit and gpedit.dll file but i copy and paste it to system 32 and when i run gpedit.msc it says that mmc could not create the snap in.

  11. says

    Windows 7 x64 Users:

    You must go to the SysWOW64 folder and copy the GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folder and the gpedit.msc file into the System32 folder.

  12. siva says

    Abhi,
    I followed above instructions and successfully installed gpedit.msc but unable to get ‘Driver Installation’ under ‘Administrative Templates’ (it’s under ‘User Configuration’). Expand ‘System’. Thanks for your help.

    Siva

  13. Spar07 says

    I had to do a little bit more than what is described here. After I got into SysWOW64, I had to go to GPBAK\gpedit\ ( type in “Yes”) User Configuration\Administration Templates\Control Panel\Display\Prevent Changing Wallpaper and then, click on “Enable”.
    After testing this setting, it works well for me. I did download this program though which is the only way I could resolve my problem. I found the gpedit.dll file but that was it. Nothing of the actual file needed was anywhere in Windows &. It seems like the install forgot to add it to my files. Crazy, and to think, the authors/programmers of Windows 7 thought they had it all and right. Guess they were wrong.

  14. luke says

    I can open it but if I activate a user affected script like preventing access to the control panel it doesn’t work :(

  15. Sourav says

    I did that, but on opening gpedit.msc it shows “mmc could not create the snap-in”…I did try a solution that says add %System…….. to the environment variables but no help….I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

  16. Sourav says

    I did that, but on opening gpedit.msc it shows “mmc could not create the snap-in”…I did try a solution that says add %System…….. to the environment variables but no help….I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

  17. Jive Dadson says

    (Sorry for the multiple posts. It’s late.)

    PRESENT ON WIN 7 HOME PREMIUM SYSTEM, BUT HIDDEN

    I used a third party searcher (Agent Ransack), and it turned out there were already no fewer than six copies of pgedit.msc on my new Gateway computer, which the Explorer search was, I surmise, hiding from me. There were two versions, one 35K in size, and another 144KB. I think the larger one is probably a 64bit version. Anyway, I used one of the 144KB executables that was in a directory created by the OEM. It seems to have worked. Guess I will find out next Tuesday.

  18. BOY says

    Thank you so much. I was completely going mad by searching a solution for this problem.It works on windows 7 home basic 64 bit also without copying those files.

    Edited : Please do not use all caps.

  19. Asadullah says

    If you are using 64 bit, then you must go to the SysWOW64 folder and copy the GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folder and the gpedit.msc file into the System32 folder. Report back if it still does not workI I do this but I not found .

  20. rsk says

    Hi Dr.Abhishek, im not able to find the the gpedit.msc file in the SysWOW64 folder. Could u pls suggest what i can do?

  21. Fritz says

    Very nice tool. Do you have a page somewhere where you explain how you do it (from a programming point of view)?

  22. Brandon Bachman says

    Yeah, this works. Just do what everyone else has been saying:

    Update your system to SP1
    Install GPEdit using this super-awesome installer.
    Because the super-awesome installer is also super-dumb, go into %SYSTEMROOT%/syswow64 and copy GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers and gpedit.msc into %SYSTEMROOT%/system32

  23. kenshin says

    I already install din software GPEDIT.MSC…But still not working…even I search it to run command….
    my OS was Windows7 Home BAsic…
    please help me with this….

    THANK YOU

  24. Dean says

    This isn’t working for me, it fires up and looks ok but it doesn’t act like Group policy editor would do normally. I have a batch file that I want to run at startup and shutdown. I place the scripts in the default GP locations C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine\Scripts startup/shutdown. But when I browse to them in GP to add them, the folders are blank. So I created & placed the scripts inside a C:\windows\GroupPolicy. This time GP editor did see them when I looked for them, but the scripts themselves still wont run a startup or shutdown. I have no idea why, the scripts run fine when double clicking on them. And I tested them on a win7 Enterprise PC, so I know they work and theres nothing wrong with them. I think that GP editor despite looking like the real thing, doesn’t act like it.

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  26. bharrath says

    what should i do after installing that…??????
    i want to delete search history in windows explorer…
    please answer me….!!!!

  27. Mr Jones says

    Please, where is the relevant link on the site linked to – Deviantart? All I can find is a link to a smiley thing, and one to a Microsoft forum which is useless.

  28. SteveA says

    I just downloaded Gpedit.msc to my Windows 7 Home Premium. It downloaded fine and I can run the program. The correct screens come up. When I enabled ‘Disable changing history settings’ and applied, I was still able to delete the history in Internet Explorer. Can anyone help?

  29. says

    Click the blue button saying Download – that will lead to the page to download the zip file required to enable Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in windows 7 home premium or Windows 7 basic.

  30. Steve A says

    Abhishek, thanks for the reply. I had loaded the software but I took a second look. It said if I was using Windows 7 I had to copy the two folders and gpedit.msc to the System32 folder, which I did. The program appears to load just fine but I still cannot turn off the delete history function. I will reinstall the software but I don’t think that will work. I will keep working at it and if I figure it out, will let you know. Again, thanks.

  31. says

    You are welcome. We will be waiting for your confirmation.
    From user feedbacks it appears that it probably does not work with certain OEM machines/copies.

  32. says

    Wayne, as you can see from the comments; it is a kind of luck factor whether you’ll be successful or not – possibly it depends on compilation by either the brand or Microsoft. First we thought, for 64 bit it will not work – but many actually said above, they found to be working.

    Possibly reading the comments by Brandon Bachman, Spar07 and Jive Dadson above will help you.