Windows 11 Gpedit.msc is used to view, configure and change Group Policy configuration. Administrators use Gpedit.msc to implement system changes for all users on the network. Of course the average user might use Gpedit.msc in the same way to tune and update the system. Windows 11 comes in four different editions: Professional, Home, Student, and Enterprise.
The vast majority of PCs come with Windows 11 Home preinstalled. However, the Group Policy editor Gpedit.msc is not included in the Windows 11 Home installation. Because GPE is only available in Windows Professional.
Today’s article will show you how to use the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home.
What does GPResult do?
GPResult is a built-in feature of all Microsoft operating system versions that allows administrators to monitor and control the operation of user and computer accounts. GPResult centrally manages and sets up numerous operating system and account functions in an Active Directory environment.
A Group Policy Object is a collection of Group Policy settings that are used together. This can be considered the primary security mechanism available to operating system user accounts to protect the user account and any computer connected to it.
GPResult displays information about Resultant Set of Policy (RsoP) information for users and computers. Click on the GPO order and it will provide more information, such as when the Group Policy was last applied, the domain controller it is running on, and the security groups the user and computer belong to.
How to fix Windows 11 cannot find Gpedit.msc?
- Enable the Group Policy Editor using a batch file
Press Windows + S keys to open the search bar, then type notepad and click the search result to run notepad.
Enter or paste the following batch file code, then click File in the upper left corner and select the Save As option:
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”
Next, click the Save as type drop-down menu, select the All Files option, enter Group Policy Editor.bat in the File name text box and select Desktop to save the file in.
After this, right-click the Group Policy Editor batch file saved on the desktop and select Run as administrator.
A command prompt window will appear. Close the window when this operation is complete.
- Enable Group Policy Editor via Command Prompt
Press Windows + S keys to open the search bar, then search for cmd and right click on the most relevant result to run as administrator.
Enter and run the following commands:
FOR %F IN (“%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~.mum”) DO ( DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:”%F” )
FOR %F IN (“%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~.mum”) DO (
DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:”%F”)
When done, close the Command Prompt window and try opening Gpedit.msc again.
- Update Windows
Press Windows + I keys and click Windows Update in the left menu.
Click Check for Updates, or click Install New Updates.
If you are using an earlier version of Windows, this may be a factor that could not find Gpedit.msc, which can be fixed by trying to update the operating system.
Should I use Group Policy Object?
A Group Policy Object (GPO) is a set of settings that can be generated using the Group Policy Editor in the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) for Windows. A GPO can be associated with a single or multiple Active Directory containers, such as a site, domain, or organizational unit, depending on the configuration. MMC enables users to build Group Policy Objects to set registry-based policies, security selections, and program installation.
Therefore you should use them. Group Policy ensures that your data and core IT infrastructure are securely set up.
Even though Windows is found to have several security holes out of the box, most of them can be closed with the help of GPOs.
For example, GPOs can help you enforce a least privilege policy, ensuring that your users only have the privileges they need to perform their tasks.
They can do this by disabling local administrator credentials across the network and granting administrator privileges based on the roles and responsibilities of individuals or groups.