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Instant 2 Steps Fix Windows Cannot Find ‘gpedit.msc’ in Windows 11

By default, gpedit.msc is disabled for Windows 11 Home Edition

I recently encountered an issue on my Windows 11 PC where I tried to open the Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc, only to be met with a frustrating error message: “Windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc’.” I tried to disable the default ads and recommendations appearing redundantly in the Microsoft Edge browser. By default, the toggle switch is disabled but is in the ‘on‘ position, causing the ads to appear. Unfortunately, I’m not able to disable it. To disable the ads, I might need to use gpedit.msc as an initial step. When I tried to access it, I faced the error mentioned in the screenshot below.

Windows Cannot Find 'gpedit.msc' Error
Windows Cannot Find ‘gpedit.msc’ Error

Why this Error Occurs:

I found that my Windows 11 Home edition is the cause of this problem. Microsoft, by default it disables the Group Policy editor for Home edition and only available for the Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Enterprise, Windows 11 Education.

Fortunately, I found a simple two-step fix to enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home edition. I have discovered two ways to resolve the issue and make the Group Policy Editor accessible on Home editions. Please use the method that is most convenient for you.

  • Enable gpedit.msc using Batch File.

Enable gpedit.msc using Batch File:

Creating a Batch File:

  • You need to open Notepad on your Windows 11 Home edition PC.
  • Now you need to Copy and paste the following code into Notepad

@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”

gpedit.msc Enabler batch file.
Copy and Pasting the Batch Code
Copy and Pasting the Batch Code

Saving the Batch File:

  • Now you need to save the file with a .bat extension. For example, name it gpedit-enabler.bat file.
  • Alternatively, Choose “All Files” from the “Save as type” dropdown menu, and then save the file to your location.

Run the Batch File as Administrator:

  • You need to Right click the batch file you just created.
  • Now you need to Select “Run as administrator” from the context menu as shown in the below image.
Run as Administrator
Run as Administrator
  • Immediately, the batch file will initiate its process, and in less than a minute, you should see a message saying “The operation completed successfully” in the command prompt. The Group Policy Editor will then be activated on your Home edition.
The Operation completed successfully
The Operation completed successfully

Once you see the message shown in the image above, you can be assured that the issue has been fixed on your Home Edition PC.

Verify gpedit.msc has been fixed:

  • Use the Win + R shortcut to open the Run dialog.
  • Now you need to enter the command gpedit.msc and press Enter button.
gpedit.msc error fixed
gpedit.msc error fixed


After encountering the error message when trying to access gpedit.msc, I used the batch file method to enable the Group Policy Editor on my Windows 11 Home edition. The process was simple and quick, and within minutes, I received the confirmation message indicating that the operation was successful. Now, with gpedit.msc activated, This 2 step fix resolved the issue, allowing me to manage my system settings as needed. If you face the same problem, I recommend using this method to enable the Group Policy Editor on your Home edition PC. Find more at

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Narendhiran Vijaykumar

I Am a Frontend Developer, and Business Creator With Over 8 Years of Experience in Php and Frontend Web Development. I Have Over 15 Years of Experience Using Windows Os, From Windows Xp to Windows 11, and Possess Sound Knowledge in Using and Solving Real-time Problems. I Am Getting Proficient in Ai-based Technologies and Have Developed 3 Successful Web Apps and Saas Platforms.

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