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Control Panel - Add Local Group Policy Editor

How to Add "Local Group Policy Editor" to the Control Panel in Windows
Published by Brink
22 Nov 2008
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How to Add "Local Group Policy Editor" to Control Panel in Windows


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This will show you how to add Local Group Policy Editor, also known as gpedit.msc, to the Control Panel in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

In Windows 7, the Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterpise editions.

In Windows RT, 8, and 8.1, the Local Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.


EXAMPLE: Before and After "Local Group Policy Editor" added to Control Panel
NOTE: This is the Control Panel icons and category view.
Control Panel - Add Local Group Policy Editor-default_control_panel-1.jpg

Control Panel - Add Local Group Policy Editor-added_control_panel-1.jpg

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Here's How:
1. To Remove "Local Group Policy Editor" from Control Panel
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_GroupPolicy_ControlPanel.reg

download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Add "Local Group Policy Editor" to Control Panel
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_GroupPolicy_ControlPanel.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

5. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes, Yes (UAC-Windowws 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista), and OK to approve the merge.

6. When finished, you can delete the .reg file if you like.

That's it,
Shawn




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10 Mar 2010   #1
BCALab

Windows 7
 
 
Regedit Explaination

I completely understand that some people would like to just download a program (or zip file) and have it do all the work for them when trying to "fix" an issue.

I, however, am not one of those people. Especially since it's not a good idea to allow strangers make changes to your registry w/o knowing what they are doing.

Is there anyway you could give details as to what registry changes your zip file makes? I was hoping that by running the file the registry would open to the new entry. Alas, it did not. It worked perfectly. I'd just like to know how it worked.

Thanks,
Kinsey

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10 Mar 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Kinsey,

Sure thing. I do not blame you.

You can just right click on the extracted REG file from the ZIP and click on EDIT to see what changes are made to registry and where without having to merge or run them. From there, you can manually make the changes in the registry instead.
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11 Mar 2010   #3
BCALab

Windows 7
 
 
Awesomeness

That's great. I tried that but forgot that you need to extract the file before I can view it's contents. Silly me.

Thanks for the help.
Kinsey
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11 Mar 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

LOL, I'm glad to hear that you got it sorted Kinsey It's always the little things that catch us.
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26 Nov 2013   #5
ryanisonfire

windows 8.1 x64
 
 

So i downloaded the .reg file, executed it, and i do now see the local group policy editor in my control panel, but when i try to open it to disable the lock screen i get this error message:

"MMC cannot open the file C:\WINDOWS\system32\gpedit.msc This may be because the file does not exist, is not an MMC console, or was created by a later verison of MMC. This may also be because you do not have sufficient access rights to the file."

Please help! The lockscreen is by far the most annoying feature of windows8, and the fact that theres no way to disable it on my verison of windows 8 is very frustrating. I work with digital audio workstations, and its a pain in the ass to have the lockscreen pop up while im busy playing/recording an instrument yet rely on the screen to watch my recording in progress.

Im currently using windows v. 8.1

Thanks
Ryan
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26 Nov 2013   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ryan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What edition of Windows 8.1 do you have?

Unless it's the Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise edition, you do not have Group Policy included in your Windows.
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