How to Edit the Group Policy in Windows 10

Admin users can modify the Group Policy on a device

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  • Group Policies are an excellent method through which Network Administrators can manage and modify the system settings on all PCs connected to the network simultaneously.
  • Editing a Group Policy isn't all that simple, and that is why we will be covering the steps you will need to go through in the article below.
  • You can use two built-in tools to edit it: Local Security Policy and Local Group Policy Editor.
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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 don’t know exactly how to do it, have a look at our tutorial.

Is the Group Policy different in Windows 10?

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 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.

How can I edit the Group Policy in Windows 10?

I will explain in a few short steps how exactly you can edit this feature on Windows 10 in two different methods.

1. Use Local 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 Local Security Policy, or Secpol.

This tool controls the security of the local Group Policy. Therefore, you can edit the Group Policy through Secpol.

1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard. This will open the search box.

2. Type secpol.msc in the search box.

3. Now left click on the Local Security Policy result to open the app.

4. In the Security settings folder you will find Local Policies. Double click on it.

edit local group policy windows 10

5. Select one of the categories you wish to edit by double-clicking on it. For example, you can edit Security options.

6. On the right side of the window you will have there two tabs: Policy and 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.

For example you can choose Disable or Enable.

local security policy edit

Note: In the basic edition of Windows, you do not have the Secpol tool.

2. Use Group Policy Editor

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.

local group policy windows 10

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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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 below.

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