How to enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home

Ashwin
Nov 29, 2021
Windows 11 Help
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Microsoft ships a useful tool called the Group Policy Editor, commonly known as Gpedit.msc or just GPEDIT, with the Pro version of its Windows operating system. It is handy for enabling or disabling functions of various elements in the OS, by changing Registry values, but in a more user-friendly way. Unfortunately, Home Edition users don't get access to this nifty tweaking utility. But, there is a way to enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home.

Group Policy Editor in Windows 11
Let me remind you that simply enabling the utility only lets you access the GPEDIT console's interface, it does not apply the changes for the policy settings (at least not for the ones I tried to modify). It is still worth a shot though, especially for the price of free, and the GUI definitely works.

Note: If you have Windows 11 Pro, don't bother with this, as you will already have the fully-functional version of the tool.

How to enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home

1. Download the ZIP archive from our website, extract it to a folder, and you will get a BAT file.

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Or, copy the code below and paste it in Notepad. Save the file with the .BAT extension like Script.BAT or GPEDIT.BAT, the name doesn't matter.

@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

2. Right-click on the BAT file and run it as administrator.

gpedit enable with a bat file

3. A command-prompt window should open. This is the DISM command, which installs the relevant packages to enable GPEDIT on your computer. Wait for the process to be completed, it may take a few seconds. You'll know when it's done, when you see a message that says "Press any key to continue".

How to enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home

4. Tap any key and the command window should close.

5. Click the Start button and type Gpedit.msc, and you should see the tool appear in the result click on it (or use the Run command with Win + R, followed by Gpedit.msc), and you will be able to access the Group Policy Editor.

GPEDIT in Windows 11

You don't need to reboot the computer for the utility to show up, you may want to turn off the system and turn it on again. If you try to modify a policy, but it doesn't appear to take effect, don't be surprised. As I mentioned earlier, it's a bit of a hit-and-miss, the tool seems to work sometimes. There is no known workaround to enable the functionality in Windows 11 Home or Windows 10 Home, besides upgrading your operating system to the Pro version, of course.

I recommend using the third-party program, Policy Plus, to make changes to the operating system. It is essentially the same as the Group Policy Editor, but with a slightly better interface.

Policy Plus in Windows 11

Please be aware that some antivirus programs detect it as a threat (I observed 4 detections on VirusTotal), these are not from major AVs, and I'm fairly certain these are false-positives. The tool is open source, so you can check the code if you are skeptical about it.

What do you use GPEDIT for? Share your favorite tweaks with us.

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How to enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home
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How to enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home
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Want to access GPEDIT.MSC on Windows 11 Home? Here's how you can enable it for free.
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  1. Artem S. Tashkinov said on November 29, 2021 at 8:07 am
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    Various client/server Windows SKUs have always been the same OS whose parts are always there even though a particular SKU might not enable them due to licensing.

    The only major difference is AFAIK client vs server.

  2. Anonymous said on November 29, 2021 at 2:16 pm
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    This is useful information, since I will be getting a new computer with Windows 11 soon. Probably will just go for Windows 11 Pro.
    When I first got Windows 8 and 8.1 years ago, I saw articles on how to tweak it. They would say, bring up gpedit.msc. Try as I might, nothing happened. It was only after some time had passed that I was informed that gpedit.msc was not available on Windows 8 Home.
    All those articles were useless to me. I checked out the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, but considered the cost was too great for the usefulness conferred.

  3. John G. said on November 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm
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    A must have article, this works like a charm and it has been very useful for me too!
    Thanks @Ashwin! :]

  4. ULBoom said on November 29, 2021 at 9:53 pm
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    Buy Pro. Enterprise if you can find it.
    Cheap legit licenses are readily available.

  5. Paul(us) said on November 30, 2021 at 7:01 pm
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    “Download the ZIP archive from our website, extract it to a folder, and you will get a BAT file.”
    I cant find the link?

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