Win XP and Group Policy Editor


The Voices Talk to Me
Dec 5, 2002
Ok, there was some thing I wanted to check out and I needed to go into the group policy editor (gpedit.msc) but when I typed it in it says it does not exist, and no such file is found on my pc. So I turned to nightmare of MS help and was told the following:

How to Start the Group Policy Editor
To start the group policy editor, follow these steps.

NOTE: You must be logged on to the computer using an account that has administrator privileges in order to use Group Policy Editor.
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type mmc, and then click OK.
On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.
Click Add.
Under Available Stand-alone Snap-ins, click Group Policy, and then click Add.
If you do not want to edit the Local Computer policy, click Browse to locate the group policy object that you want. Supply your user name and password if prompted, and then when you return to the Select Group Policy Object dialog box, click Finish.

NOTE: You can use the Browse button to locate group policy objects linked to sites, domains, organizational units (OU), or computers. Use the default Group Policy Object (GPO) (Local Computer) to edit the settings on the local computer.
Click Close, and then in the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box, click OK.

The selected GPO is displayed in the Console Root.

Which is all well and good except for the fact that I don't even have the Group Policy listed in the Available Stand-alone Snap-ins.
So How do I install or activate gpedit.msc? I am the administrator so it is not a privliage issue.


Jul 29, 2002
Are you by chance using Windows XP Home Edition? The group policy editor is only included in the pro version.


Jul 29, 2002
Nearly everything that can be done in group policy editor can also be done directly in the registry. So perhaps post what you are trying to do, someone may know how to achieve it.

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