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Enable “Group Policy Editor” (gpedit.msc) in Windows 7 Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter Editions

DISCLAIMER: This utility has been shared for the sake of knowledge sharing. Patching system files using 3rd party software might be dangerous for your system. We do not recommend it and we'll not be responsible if it harms your system.

Many times we post tutorials which require Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). But some Windows 7 editions (Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter) don't come with Group Policy Editor. Only Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions come with Group Policy Editor installed.

Today we are going to share a simple installer which installs the required system files in Windows so that you can enjoy Group Policy Editor in all Windows 7 editions.

The installer has been originally created by "davehc" @ Windows7forums, so thanks goes to him as well.

First download the setup file using following link:

Download Group Policy Editor Installer

Its a ZIP file, extract it using WinRAR or 7-Zip. Run the extracted setup.exe file. It'll install the files and you'll be able to access gpedit.msc command via RUN or Start Menu search box.

NOTE: For Windows 7 64-bit (x64) users! You'll also need to go to "SysWOW64" folder present in "C:\Windows" folder and copy "GroupPolicy", "GroupPolicyUsers" folders and gpedit.msc file from there and paste them in "C:\Windows\System32" folder.

NOTE 2: If you are getting "MMC could not create the snap-in" error message while running gpedit.msc, check out following steps to fix the problem. Basically it happens when your username in Windows contains more than one word.

1. Run the installer and leave it at the last step (do not click on the "Finish" button).

2. Now go to C:\Windows\Temp\gpedit\ folder.

3. If you are running 32-bit (x86) edition of Windows 7, right-click on x86.bat file and choose "Open With ->Notepad" option. If you are running 64-bit (x64) edition of Windows 7, right-click on x64.bat file and choose "Open With -> Notepad" option.

4. You'll find a total of 6 lines containing the following string in the file:
5. Edit those lines and replace %username%:f with "%username%":f

For example:
Original: icacls %WinDir%\SysWOW64\gpedit.dll /grant:r %username%:f
New: icacls %WinDir%\SysWOW64\gpedit.dll /grant:r "%username%":f
6. Save and run the file (right-click -> Run as Administrator).

7. That's it. You'll have working gpedit.msc.

Enable “Group Policy Editor” (gpedit.msc) in Windows 7 Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter Editions Enable “Group Policy Editor” (gpedit.msc) in Windows 7 Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter Editions Reviewed by Sriram PV on 21:31:00 Rating: 5


  1. so i did this a while back, with no luck.... now i have upgraded to ultimate and still get the same error... mmc cant create the snap in... how do i undo the work that never worked from this website?

    1. Dear justin, the above tutorial is for enabling (installing) group policy editor which was not a default program in lower version od win7. Now you've got win7 ultimate. The problem for you is, the PATH environment variable does not include the %SystemRoot%\System32\WBEM folder. I've searched for this and found few links for you which may help you..

      here are those :

  2. I got proble, after all the process.GROUP POLICY is there but i got ERROR msg. "C/windows/system32/grouppolicy/adm/inetres_.adm on line 6295. ERROR 64 help string occur more than ones"
    how do i fix this errror please help.


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