Gpedit.msc Not Found in Windows 11: Fix it in 4 Steps

Everything you need to use GPE on your version of Windows 11

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  • Group Policy Editor can be enabled in Windows 11 even if it is not included in the Home editions of the operating system.
  • When the Gpedit.msc program is not detected in Windows 11, a batch file can be used to resolve the problem.
  • You may also install Group Policy Editor through the Command Prompt if you prefer that method.
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You may use the feature called the Gpedit.msc to review, configure, and make changes to Group Policy configurations. However, some users are complaining that they can’t find this important administrative feature on their PC.

Does Windows 11 have a Group Policy Editor?

The Group Policy Editor (GPE) comes preinstalled on Windows 11. It is used by administrators to implement system-wide policy changes that affect all users on a network at the same time.

Similarly, a regular user might use it in the same way to make countless adjustments and updates to their computer system. However, it is important to note that GPE is only available on Windows 11 Pro.

It is not available on the Home edition like in the earlier versions of Windows. But you can enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home Edition if you follow the instructions in this article.

How do I enable Gpedit msc in Windows 11?

In this article

1. Enable Group Policy Editor with a batch file

The solution below describes with detailed steps the effective method to enable Gpedit using a batch file on your Windows 11 device.

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  1. Press the Windows + S key to open the Search bar, then type Notepad and click on the most relevant result to run it.

2. Type or paste in the following batch file code then click File at the top left corner and select the Save as option:
@echo off
pushd "%~dp0"
dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~3*.mum >List.txt
dir /b %SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~3*.mum >>List.txt
for /f %%i in ('findstr /i . List.txt 2^>nul') do dism /online /norestart /add-package:"%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\%%i"

notepad-save windows cannot find gpedit.msc windows 11

3. Next, select the All Files option from the Save as type drop-down menu, enter Group Policy Editor.bat within the File name text box and select Desktop to save the file in there.

save-notepad windows cannot find gpedit.msc windows 11

4. Thereafter, right-click the Group Policy Editor batch file saved on the Desktop and select Run as administrator.

run-as-admin-gpfile windows cannot find gpedit.msc windows 11

A Command Prompt window will appear at this point. Wait until it says 100 percent before continuing. Before you close that window, be sure that this operation was accomplished correctly.

2. Enable Group Policy Editor via the Command Prompt

  1. Press the Windows + S key to open the Search bar, then type cmd and right-click on the most relevant result to run it as an administrator.cmd-run-as-admin avast high cpu windows 11
  2. Now type or paste in the following commands and press Enter after each:

FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~*.mum") DO ( DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F" )

FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum") DO (
DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F"
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Once the processes are complete and reach 100 percent, you can close the Command Prompt window and try to open Gpedit.msc again.

3. Download gpedit-main zip file

  1. Go to the Gpedit-main Github page to download the zip.
    download gpedit.msc windows 11 download
  2. Right-click the zip folder and select the Extract All… option. Choose a location to extract the files to complete the process.
    extract all gpedit.msc windows 11 download
  3. Now, open the extracted folder, right-click on the .bat file there, and select Run as administrator.
    run as gpedit.msc windows 11 download
  4. Wait for Command Prompt to open and install the needed extensions. Close CMD once it shows The operation completed successfully message.
  5. Finally, you now press the Windows key + R, type gpedit.msc, and click OK to access the Group Policy Editor.
    run option gpedit.msc windows 11 download

Another way around the Gpedit.msc not found on Windows 11 is to download the .bat file as shown above. This method also works on Windows 11 Home Edition, so be sure to try it.

4. Update Windows

  1. Press the Windows key + I and click on Windows Update from the left side kernel security check failure windows 11
  2. Click on Check for updates.checl-for-updates kernel security check failure windows 11

If you’re using an earlier version of Windows, this could be a contributing factor to the error, which can be fixed by updating the operating system. They should probably fix this error in a subsequent software release.

That’s about it on the Gpedit.msc not found on Windows 11 issue and how to download it.

If you wish to know how to enable and install Gpedit.msc on Windows 10 Home Editions as well, we have already prepared a thorough guide for you to follow in the link attached.

Alternatively, you can learn how to edit the Group Policy in Windows 10 and use the same procedures in Windows 11 as they are similar.

Let us know in the comments section below which solution worked best for you as well as how often you use Group Policy Editor.

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