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The Local Security Policy is a group of security settings that are found in the Local Group Policy Editor.

Note: You’ll need to be using a Windows 10 Pro, Education or Enterprise edition of Windows 10 for this guide to work. You can’t make policy changes in the Local Security Policy Editor using the Windows 10 Home. You can upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro by heading to the Settings application if you want to be able to make changes to group policies.

Run Dialog Box

To use the Run method, you’ll need to be logged in to the computer using an account that has the administrative permissions. Additionally, you’ll need to have a Windows 10 edition that is either the Professional, Enterprise or Education. Older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, can also use the Local Security Policy Editor in the Ultimate edition.

You can open the Local Security Policy Editor directly from its file path on the computer. To make that happen, you can either do it from the Run Dialog box or the Control panel. To get started using the Run method, open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows logo + R keys on your keyboard and then type “secpol.msc” and hit the Enter key on your keyboards.

You might be prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) before you can proceed. If that happens, make sure you click on the “Yes” button to continue.

Everything you see on the computer’s screen from the Local Security Policy window is to do with the Local Security Policy Editor. You can now navigate to and make the changes that you wish. Once you make changes to the security policy, the changes cannot be undone unless you undo them manually from the Local Security Policy again.

Control Panel

You need to be signed in using an account that has the administrative permissions assigned to it to use the Control Panel method as well. Also, you’ll need to have a version of Windows 10 professional, Enterprise, Education, or one of the Ultimate editions such as Windows 7 Ultimate.

To open the Local Security Policy Editor using the Control Panel, you just open the Control Panel with the classic view so you can see the smaller icons and then click on the “Administrative Tools” link from the main Control Panel menu.

If you get prompted by UAC (User Account Control), you’ll need to click on the “Yes” button to proceed.

What you see now is the beginning of your Local Security Policy Editor. From here you can expand most things in the left side pane to get the full experience.

Local Group Policy Editor

You’ll need to be logged in as an administrator before you can make changes to local group policies. Furthermore, you can only use the Local Group Policy Editor if you have an edition of Windows that supports it, such as Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, Education, or Ultimate. If you have one of those, you can start by learning how to open the Local Group Policy Editor. Once you have the Local Group Policy Editor open, you can then choose between finding the Security Settings from the Computer Configuration or the User Configuration—depending on what you are doing.

Computer Configuration:

Navigate to the Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings.

User Configuration:

Navigate to the User Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings.

Four different types of Group Policies can be applied—administrators only, all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators—and the way you do them varies. You’ll still need to be signed in to a user account that has the administrative permissions assigned to it before you can use any of the four options though.

Windows has a Multiple Local Group Policy to help manage computers that are not part of a domain. There are four Local Group Policy Objects (LGPOs) that make up the Multiple Local Group Policy. They are the Local Computer Policy, Administrators Local Group Policy, Non-Administrators Local Group Policy, and a User-Specific Local Group Policy.

All users: The Local Group Policy Editor for all users can be opened by using the Run dialog box, the search field from the taskbar, the Command Prompt and from the PowerShell by using any of the methods available in this guide.

Specific users or groups: The User-Specific LGPO applies user policy settings to specific local users. To do it, you need to press the Windows logo + R keys on your keyboard and then type “MMC” into the field and clicking on the “OK” button. Click “Yes” when prompted by User Account Control. Now in Microsoft Management Console, click on “File,” followed by “Add/Remove snap-in” from the menu. Choose the “Local Group Policy Editor” and click on the “Add” button. From the Select Group Policy Object window, click on the “Browse” button. Next, click on the “Users” tab and then choose the account name from the list, followed by the “OK” button. You’ll then be directed back to the Group Policy Wizard where you can click on the ‘Finish” button.

All non-administrators: The Non-Administrators LGPO applies user policy settings to anyone who is not an administrator/included in a group of administrators. To do it, you need to press the WIndows logo + R keys on your keyboard and then type “MMC” into the field and clicking on the “OK” button. Click “Yes” when prompted by User Account Control. Now in Microsoft Management Console, click on “File,” followed by “Add/Remove snap-in” from the menu. Choose the “Local Group Policy Editor” and click on the “Add” button. From the Select Group Policy Object window, click on the “Browse” button. Next, click on the “Users” tab and then choose the “Non-Administrators” group and click on the “OK” button. Lastly, click on the “Finish” button from the Group Policy Wizard screen.

Administrators: The Administrators LGPO applies policy settings to users who are members of the administrator’s group. To do it, you need to press the Windows logo + R keys on your keyboard and then type “MMC” into the field and clicking on the “OK” button. Click “Yes” when prompted by User Account Control. Now in Microsoft Management Console, click on “File,” followed by “Add/Remove snap-in” from the menu. Choose the “Local Group Policy Editor” and click on the “Add” button. From the Select Group Policy Object window, click on the “Browse” button. Next, click on the “Users” tab and then choose the “Administrators” group and click on the “OK” button. You’ll then be directed back to the Group Policy Wizard where you can click on the “Finish” button.


With certain Windows editions, there are Local Group Policies and Group Policies. A Group Policy has advanced settings designed for use by network administrators. The Local Group Policy, however,  can only be used to change settings on a single computer. If you were to change settings on a single computer and that computer is still assigned to a network or domain, then the domain Group Policy will override any settings that were adjusted using the Local Group Policy. In short, the Local Group Policy is not as strong as a Group Policy when a computer is connected to a Group Policy. Apply that same kind of thinking again when it comes to the Local Security Policy and the fact that it is a “local” one. In other words, if the computer is connected to a domain, then changes you make using the Local Group Policy can be altered by the network administrator who is in charge of the domain.

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