The Local Group Policy Editor, also known as gpedit.msc due to the command of the same name that can be sent in Run or in the Start menu to open this tool, is only available in the Professional and Enterprise versions of Windows 11, but not in Windows 11 Home. Through the Local Group Policy Editor, it is possible to discover and manipulate various operating system settings and certain pre-installed software.
Fix Windows cannot find gpedit.msc on Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Home users, with administrative privileges, can make the changes by acting from the Registry Editor, but to do this they must identify and often create, the keys corresponding to the Group Policy Editor setting to be changed. For this reason, the Local Group Policy Editor is far more convenient and immediate to use than, in this case, the cumbersome Registry Editor. But a user Thomas1475 on Github recently posted a script/bat file in which you can activate the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc on Windows 11 Home as well.
It should be noted that the following procedure will activate the Local Group Policy Editor interface on Windows 11 Home, but the changes to the settings made here will not be applied to the system. So until the release of some other method to make it 100% operational, at the moment the Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home, even if enabled, is useless at a functional level. The procedure to follow is simple. Before proceeding, however, it is advisable to create a system backup for security reasons.
How to activate gpedit.msc in Windows 11 Home
Firstly, create a new .txt text file, i.e. with the default Windows Notepad.
Inside the new .txt document, paste the following code:
In the menu bar click File> Save as and in the ” Save as ” field select the option ” All files (*. *) ” and enter the name W11_gpedit.bat confirm by clicking the ” Save ” button.
At this point, we have thus obtained the W11_gpedit.bat file. Alternatively, you can directly get the .bat file from here if you don’t want to create it yourself. Now download the Zip file and then extract it to get the .bat file.
Now right-click on it and click on the “Run as administrator” option in the context menu.
Caution: If anything goes wrong the author or GizPie is not responsible for it. Above mentioned steps are only applicable for Windows 11 Home only. Don’t run this file if you are already in Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise.
Wait until the script completes its action in the Command Prompt window that will open immediately after, and when prompted press any key on the keyboard to close and exit the Command Prompt window.
That’s it; if all went well, the Local Group Policy Editor will now be available on Windows 11 Home operating system. As of now, Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise users can access it by sending the gpedit.msc command in the Start menu or in the Run dialogue box.