6 Ways — How To Open Group Policy Editor in Windows 10

The group policy editor is one of the most important and useful tools in Windows 10. Here are different ways to open the group policy editor in Windows 10.

If you are running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise editions, you have access to an awesome tool called the Group Policy Editor (gpedit). Using the gpedit tool, you can easily configure many Windows advanced settings. All you have to do is find the relevant policy and enable or disable it as needed. Not only that but you can also do a lot of customization and changes to how Windows behaves with just a couple of clicks. For example, if you don’t like automatic graphics driver updates, you can disable them via the group policy.

Also, did you know that you can open gpedit in Windows 10 home?

Though using the group policy editor is pretty easy, to use it, you first need to know how to open it. Thankfully, there are several different ways to open the group policy editor in Windows 10.

In this quick and simple how to guide, let me show some simple ways to open the group policy editor in Windows 10.

Open Group Policy Editor in Windows 10

Below are some of the easiest ways to open gpedit tool in Windows 10.

  1. Search for “Edit group policy” in the Start menu.
  2. Execute “gpedit.msc” Run command.
  3. Use the “gpedit.msc” command in Command Prompt or PowerShell.
  4. Run Group Policy Editor from Task Manager.
  5. Open Group Policy Editor from Control Panel.
  6. Open Group Policy Editor from File Explorer.

1. Search for “Edit group policy” in the Start menu

Like any other Windows program, you can open the Group Policy Editor directly from the Start menu itself.

First, open the Start menu by pressing the Start key on your keyboard or by clicking on the Start icon on the taskbar. Next, type “Edit group policy” in the Start menu search bar. Click on the top result to open the Group Policy Editor from the Start menu.

open group policy editor from start menu

2. Execute “gpedit.msc” Run command

Using the Run command is one of the most common ways to open the gpedit tool. For this method, all you have to do is execute the appropriate run command and you are good to go. Here is how.

First, press “Windows Key + R” shortcut to open the Run dialog box. Next, type “gpedit.msc” in the blank field and click “Ok.” This should open the group policy window immediately.

group policy editor run command

3. Use the “gpedit.msc” command in Command Prompt or PowerShell

Like with most Windows apps, you can open the Group Policy Editor from the Command Prompt or PowerShell. This is helpful if you are creating a custom script or a scheduled task.

First, open the PowerShell or Command Prompt window. You can do that by searching for them in the Start menu. After opening, type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter.

open group policy editor from command prompt

4. Run Group Policy Editor from Task Manager

You can open the Group Policy Editor from the task manager by creating a new task. Here’s how.

First, right-click on empty space on the taskbar and select the “Task Manager” option. This action will open the Task Manager. In the Task Manager window, click on “File -> Run new task.” Now, type “gpedit.msc” in the blank field and click on the “Ok” button.

open group policy editor from task manager

5. Open Group Policy Editor from Control Panel

Being and administrative tool, you can open the policy editor from the control panel itself. However, it is not visible like other tools. Here’s how you an open it.

First, open the Start menu, search for Control Panel and open it. In the control panel window, type “group policy” in the top right search bar. This should list the group policy editor option under the Administrative Tools section. Click on the “Edit group policy” link to open it.

open group policy editor from control panel

6. Open Group Policy Editor from File Explorer

The group policy editor is like any other program. i.e, it has its own executable. This means that you can open it using the executable. Here’s how to do it.

Open File Explorer with the “Win + E” keyboard shortcut and go to the “C:\Windows\System32\” folder. Here, find the “gpedit.msc” file and double-click on it. This action should open the gpedit tool.

That is all. It is that simple to open the group policy editor in Windows 10. Do keep in mind that the group policy editor is only available to Pro and Enterprise version users.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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