The Group Policy Editor is an administration tool that can be used by people to configure important settings on their computers or networks. Users need to open gpedit.msc sometimes in order to configure operating systems, users' settings, and applications. However, users may encounter gpedit.msc not found error; this page tells you how to deal with it.
gpedit.msc Not Found on Windows Devices
Group Policy is a feature you can find in a Windows system; Group Policy Editor is actually a Microsoft Management Console built in Windows to help users control the working environment of computer & user accounts. A lot of users said that the system told them gpedit.msc not found while they were trying to open Group Policy Editor on computer.
Windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc’. Make sure you’ve typed the name correctly, then try again.
You have no choice but clicking on the OK button in the pop-up window, right? And you must want to know the effective ways to troubleshoot gpedit.msc missing. (Please let MiniTool help you if you have system/disk/data/video/backup problems.)
Cannot find gpedit.msc.
My windows 10 Home system started asking me to ALT-CTRL-DELETE every time it is idle for a period of time. Not sure how that happened but was attempting to resolve. Followed instructions to executed netplwix or control userpassword2 (couldn't find userpassword2). netplwiz worked but the the ‘Required user to press alt cntrl del’ was greyed out. The next step was to find local policies via secpol.msc and could not find that either. One deeper was to find gpedit.msc which was found. Some video said to go to a link and download it but it was not a Microsoft link and I a fearful of downloading a none recognized link to download the GPEDIT.MSC. Then I find out none is available on Windows 10 home.- from JohnnyTom
Users care about how to fix gpedit.msc not found Windows 10; it will be talked in the following content. Please follow the methods mentioned below to fix gpedit not found.
Method 1: Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise
In fact, the Windows 10 Home edition is not shipped with Group Policy Editor; it’s no wonder many users find gpedit missing from the Home edition. The most direct and popular way to fix gpedit.msc missing is upgrading your system from Home edition to Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise.
- Purchase a license for Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise; make sure the version gives support to gpedit.msc.
- Perform a complete installation on your computer; please follow the instructions carefully. You will be asked to enter the Pro/Enterprise license key to activate Windows 10 during the process.
Method 2: Copy Files & Folders
Some users said that they have fixed the gpedit.msc not found issue by simply copying & pasting files and folders to certain location.
- Open File Explorer on Windows 10.
- Navigate to this path: C:\Windows\SysWOW64.
- Find GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers, and msc respectively.
- Copy these files and folders by pressing Ctrl + C (or other ways).
- Go to C:\Windows\System32 and paste the items by pressing Ctrl + V.
Method 3: Install & Enable gpedit.msc Manually
- Download the setup.exe for Windows 10 Home.
- Download or create a gpedit_enabler.bat file.
- Double click on setup.exe and follow the instructions to complete the installation.
- Right click on the bat file and choose Run as administrator.
- Wait for the commands to complete.
- Press any button to exit the command prompt window.
- Restart the computer and try to open the Group Policy Editor again.
How to make a gpedit_enabler.bat file: create a new text file -> copy & paste the following content into it -> give it a name (like gpedit_enabler) and save it as a bat file.
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"
After following the above steps, you should have solved the problem – Windows cannot find gpedit.msc.