Many times we come across instructions to enable or disable certain features or settings in Windows through the Group Policy Editor. But Group Policy Editor is included only in some editions of Windows 10. For example, you won’t find Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home edition. But you can quickly find Group Policy Editor in the Windows 10 Pro edition.
If you want to go through the instructions that involve Group Policy Editor, then you must enable it first in Windows Home edition. In order to enable Group Policy Editor, you can follow these instructions:
- Download gpedit-enable.zip and save it on your desktop.
- Extract the contents of the ZIP archive to a folder and you will find two programs inside it. The gpedit-enable-x86.exe program is for the 32-bit version of Windows 10 Home and gpedit-enable-x64.exe program is for the 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home.
- Right-click on the appropriate program depending on whether you are using 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows and select Run as administrator.
- You will see a small window showing you the progress of how the Group Policy Editor is being enabled in your Windows PC. The whole process takes less than 2-3 minutes. After this is done, you can restart Windows and you will be ready to use Group Policy Editor.
Once Group Policy Editor is enabled, you can launch it in the usual manner. For example, you can press the hotkey Win+R to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog and press Enter. This will open the Group Policy Editor.
This methods does not download anything, but uses some in-built Windows installation packages and deploys them to enable them for your use. This method was tested on Windows 10 Home version 1607 64-bit edition.