How to edit a Group Policy in Windows 10

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The Group Policy is a Windows 10, feature that basically helps users to better administrate the operating system.

It normally controls what a person/user can and cannot do on a Windows computer, thus preventing unauthorized use or limiting access on a local computer, for example. In order to change the Group Policy options, you need to be logged in as an administrator on that computer.

So, if you are interested in how to edit the Group Policy on Windows 10 and you don’t know exactly how to do it, have a look at our tutorial.

If you are looking to change the Group Policy option on Windows 10, this is a little bit different than the previous operating systems. However,  I’m glad to say that this is as simple as on the older versions, if not simpler.

Moreover, on Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced some new key features in the Group Policy option that the older operating systems don’t have like:

  • Configure group policy caching
  • Configure login script delay

You will find out more about what they do after we’ve shown you how to edit the Group Policy feature. I will explain in a few short steps how exactly you can edit this feature on Windows 10.


How do I edit a Group Policy in Windows 10?

1. Use secpol.msc

  1. We need to left-click on the search dialog box
    • You can find this in the Apps panel or in the Everywhere sidebar.
  2. Type in the search box secpol.msc
    • Make sure to type the command exactly as shown)
  3. Now left click on the secpol icon you get in front of you.
  4. From the Security settings folder you have there Local Policies
    1. You will need to double click (left mouse click) on Local Policies.edit local group policy windows 10
  5. Select one of the categories you wish to edit by double-clicking on it.
    • For example Security options
  6. On the right you will have there a tab Policy and a tab that says Security settings
  7. In order to disable or enable the group policies, you just need to double click in the box next to the policy under the Security setting tab and select from there the option you want.
    1. For example Disable or Enablelocal security policy

Normally, the use of the Group Policy could be accessed via the Gpedit option but in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro we have something similar to this option, called Secpol.

This tool controls the security of the local Group Policy. In the basic edition of Windows you do not have this option.


2. Use Gpedit.msc

In the basic edition you will be able to edit the Group Policy via Gpedit.msc by following the steps above and replacing secpol.msc with Gpedit.msc.

As you can see in the screenshot below, there are two main branches: Computer Configuration and User Configuration.

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For example, if you want to limit other users’ access to particular Windows components, go to Administrative Templates, select the feature that you want to edit and enable or disable access to the respective feature.

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FAQ: Learn more about Group Policy

  • What is Group Policy?

Group Policy is a Windows feature that provides administrators with a centralized menu from where they can configure a variety of Windows settings for every computer on the network.

  • What do I need to edit a Group Policy?

In order to edit a Group Policy, you will need the Group Policy Management Console which can only be installed on  Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. More so, you will also need to have the Group Policy Editor.

  • What can you do with a Group Policy?

A Network Administrator can use Group Policy to do pretty much anything a typical user can do on their individual PC, only at a larger scale. For example, you can use them to block user access to certain features.


There you have it, a few short steps to edit the group policies in Windows 10. If you have anything to add to this article or if you find it useful let us know bellow.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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