The Local Group Policy Editor is a tool found in some editions of Windows for administrators to set privileges and permissions to users within groups. Most casual computer users haven’t heard of Group Policies because you can’t set Group Policies or get access to the Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home, which is the edition of Windows that most everyday computers have running.
Windows offers both a Group Policy and Local Group Policy. The Group Policy is a policy that a network administrator uses to control an entire group on a network. The policy will apply to all computers on the network. The Local Group Policy is similar to the Group Policy but goes one step further by allowing you to control individual computers within the network as well.
When you open the Local Group Policy Editor, you have one interface that handles all the settings that are divided into two main groups: the Computer Configuration and the User Configuration.
Computer Configuration. The administrator can set policies with the Computer Configuration settings so that they’re applied to a computer, no matter what user logs onto that computer. Within Computer Configuration you will generally find sub-items for software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates.
User Configuration. The administrator can set policies with the User Configuration settings so that they’re applied to a user, no matter what computer that user logs onto. Within User Configuration you would generally find sub-items for software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates.
Method One: How to Open Local Group Policy Editor in Run
1. Open the Run dialog.
2. Type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box and then click on the OK button.
Method Two: How to Open Local Group Policy Editor in Search
1. Open Search and then type gpedit.msc and click on the gpedit.msc Microsoft Common Console Document or the Edit group policy Control Panel links, depending on which one you can see.
Note: If you click on the Microsoft Common Console Document link under the best match section to open the Local Group Policy Editor, then that is the one you’ll see next time from Search. Likewise, with the Control Panel link. At this time, it doesn’t matter which one you click, as they both open the same Local Group Policy Editor interface.
2. Newer versions of Windows 10 show an extra window to the side where you can get quick access to the chance to Run as administrator. From this same new flyout, you can also click on Open to open the Local Group Policy Editor interface.
Option Three: How to Open Local Group Policy Editor in Command Prompt
1. Open the Command Prompt window.
gpedit.msc and then press the “Enter” key on your keyboards.
You can now close the Command Prompt window and continue using your computer if you like.
Option Four: How to Open Local Group Policy Editor in PowerShell
1. Open the Windows PowerShell window.
gpedit.msc in the Windows PowerShell window and then press the Enter key on your keyboard.
You can now close the Windows PowerShell window and continue using your computer if you like.