How to Edit Group Policy on Windows 8.1

By: Marian Cularea
3 minute read

Group policy is a Windows 8.1 feature that basically helps to better administrate the operating system, it normally controls what a person/user can and cannot do on a windows computer thus preventing the unauthorized use or limiting the access on a local computer for example. In order to change the group policy options you need to be logged in as an administrator from that computer. So if you are interested in how to edit the group policy on Windows 8.1 and you don’t know exactly how to do it have a look at our tutorial below.
How to edit group policy on windows 8.1
If you are looking to change the group policy option on Windows 8.1, this is a little bit different than the previous operating systems but I’m glad to say that it is as simple as the older versions if not simpler.

As a plus on Windows 8.1 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” and “Configure login script delay” but you will find out more about what they do after we show you how to edit the group policy feature. I will explain in a few short steps below how exactly we can edit this feature on Windows 8.1.

Tutorial on how to edit group policy on windows 8.1

Normally the use of the group policies could be accessed via the Gpedit option but in Windows 8.1 Enterprise and Windows 8.1 Pro we have something similar to this called Secpol that controls the security of the local group policy.

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.

secpol windows 8.1
4. From the “Security settings” folder you have there “Local Policies” , you need to double click (left mouse click)on “Local Policies”.
5. Select in”Local Policies” one of the category you wish to edit by double clicking on it (double left click). Example “Security options”
5. On the right you will have there a tab “Policy” and a tab that says “Security settings”
6. In order to disable or enable the group policies you just need to double click(left mouse click) in the box next to the policy under the “Security setting “ tab and select from there the option you want .For example “Disable” or “Enable”

Keep in mind that this secpol.msc feature only works on the windows 8.1 Enterprise and windows 8.1 Pro. In the basic edition of windows you do not have this option. 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.

There you have it , a few short steps to edit the group policies in windows 8.1 .If you have anything to add to this article or if you find it useful let us know bellow.

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