How to Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in Windows 11/10/8/7?

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Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is a built-in feature of the Windows operating system that enables administrator accounts to control what the other users are allowed to do on their machines. You can control almost every aspect of Windows PC using Group Policy, including sign-in and shutdown processes, settings, and usage of apps. In this gearupwindows article, we have included a comprehensive list of methods to access Group Policy Editor on Windows PC.

Note: Gpedit.msc is not a part of any Windows Home or Starter Edition. However, it is possible to enable gpedit.msc in Windows Home edition using a third-party tool.

In which version of Windows can we find Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) function?

As said above, Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is not part of every Windows operating system. You will find gpedit.msc functionality on only these Windows operating systems:-

  1. Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise
  2. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise
  3. Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise
  4. Windows 7 Pro, Ultimate, and Enterprise

Access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

The following are the easy and quick methods to access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) on Windows PC:-

  1. Using Start button
  2. Via Taskbar Search (Windows 10 & 11 only)
  3. From the Settings app (Windows 10 & 11 only)
  4. Through Control Panel
  5. Using Desktop Shortcut
  6. By Pinning to the taskbar, Start Menu, or the Start screen
  7. Via Run dialog box
  8. Using Command Prompt
  9. Via PowerShell
  10. From Task Manager
  11. Using Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11)
  12. From System32 Folder

How to Launch Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) using the Start button?

Step 1. Click on the Start button and type group policy.

Step 2. In the available search results, click on the top entry “Edit group policy” to open it.

How to Open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) using the Taskbar Search?

Windows 10/11 comes with a Taskbar Search. If you have not removed it from the Windows 10 Taskbar, you can use this search also to access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

Step 1. Click on Taskbar Search and type gpedit.msc.

Step 2. In the available search results, click on either “gpedit.msc” or ” Edit group policy” to open it.

How to Access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) via Settings app?

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows logo + I hotkey or any other method which you prefer.

Step 2. In the search box of the Settings app, type group policy and choose Edit group policy from the results.

How to Start Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) from Control Panel?

Step 1. Open Control Panel.

Step 2. In the Control Panel search box, type group policy.

Step 3. Click the link “Edit group policy” to open it.

How to Start Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) using Desktop Shortcut?

Step 1. Right-click on the free space on the desktop, select the New, and then the Shortcut option.

Step 2. In location box type gpedit.msc.

Step 3. Click Next.

Step 4. Type a useful name of the shortcut icon that you can remember.

Step 5. Click Finish.

Once you complete the above steps, you can access the Local Group Policy Editor by double-clicking its shortcut icon.

How to Launch Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) by Pinning to the taskbar, Start Menu, or the Start screen?

To Pin the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc), you need to create a shortcut. You can refer above steps to create a shortcut icon of Group Policy. Once you have created a shortcut for the Group Policy, right-click on it and select “Pin to Start” or “Pin to taskbar” or both the options one by one.

Once you complete the above steps, you can access Group Policy from the Start menu or Windows 10 Taskbar.

How to Open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) using Run?

Step 1. Press Windows logo + R keys simultaneously to open the Run box.

Step 2. In the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter from the keyboard or click the OK button.

How to Access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) from Command Prompt?

You can also open Group Policy using the Command Prompt. Perform the following steps to do so:-

Step 1. Open the Command Prompt.

Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, type the gpedit.msc and press Enter from the keyboard.

After executing the above steps, the Local Group Policy Editor will open.

How to Access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) from Windows PowerShell?

Step 1. Open Windows PowerShell.

Step 2. In the Windows PowerShell, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter from the keyboard.

Once you complete the above steps, the Local Group Policy Editor will open.

How to Get Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) from Task Manager?

Step 1. Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC hotkey to open the Task Manager window.

Step 2. Click on the File menu and then select the “Run new task” option.

Step 3. On the dialog box that appears, type gpedit.msc and click OK.

After completing the above steps, you should have access to the Local Group Policy Editor window.

How to Open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) from File Explorer or Windows Explorer?

Step 1. Press Windows logo + E hotkeys to open File Explorer or Windows Explorer.

Step 2. Type gpedit.msc in the address bar and press ENTER on the keyboard.

After performing the above steps, the Local Group Policy Editor window will open.

How to Launch Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) from System32 Folder?

Browse to the “C:\Windows\System32” folder. Scroll down to see gpedit.msc application. Double-click on it to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

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