How to add gpedit.msc to XP home

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How to add gpedit.msc to XP home
Use Group Policy on your Windows XP Home computer. (laptop computer image by Photoeyes from

In Windows XP Professional, a helpful command centre called the Group Policy editor, or GPEdit.msc, is available to aid you in setting up your Windows system. Microsoft did not include the Group Policy editor in the Home version of Windows XP by default. However, if you place the necessary files in the system folder and register them with the operating system, you can add the GPEdit.msc function to Windows XP Home Edition.

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  1. 1

    Download a copy of the appropriate system files. See the link in the Resources section for one location from which you can download the files. Right-click on the ZIP file and choose "Extract All" to extract the files to your hard drive.

  2. 2

    Copy the files named "appmgmts.dll," "appmgr.dll," "fde.dll," "fdeploy.dll," "gpedit.msc," "gpedit.dll" and "gptext.dll" into the "C:\Windows\system32" folder on your hard drive.

  3. 3

    Move the files named "system.adm," "inetres.adm" and "conf.adm" into the "C:\Windows\system32\GroupPolicy\ADM\" folder on your hard drive. If the folder does not exist, click "File" and choose "New" to create the folder.

  4. 4

    Register all of the DLL files. Click on "Start," then "Run." Type "cmd" and press "Enter." Type the commands below one at a time and press "Enter" after each one.

    "regsvr32 gpedit.dll"

    "regsvr32 fde.dll"

    "regsvr32 gptext.dll"

    "regsvr32 appmgr.dll"

    "regsvr32 fdeploy.dll"

  5. 5

    Close the Command Prompt. Click on "Start" and select the "Run" option again. Enter "gpedit.msc" into the "Open" dialogue. Ensure that the Group Policy editor opens.

Tips and warnings

  • The download link in Resources includes a batch file named "install.bat," which will register all of the DLL files automatically if you run it.

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