Perhaps you’ve heard the IT person at work talk about GPOs or user policies. Or, maybe, you would lượt thích to know how lớn have better control over your computer. In any case, the Windows 10 Group Policy Editor is the tool to lớn use. With it, you can work with Group Policy Objects (GPO) to lớn customize your computer’s functions and the user experience.

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In a network environment, the Group Policy Editor is used lớn configure everything from what programs are allowed lớn run to desktop customization. It does this in partnership with the Active Directory. For the average Windows 10 user who doesn’t have Active Directory, we can still use Local Group Policy Objects (LGPOs) to configure our computers.


Where vì I Find the Windows 10 Group Policy Editor?

If you have Windows 10 home edition, you don’t have the Group Policy Editor. It’s only included with Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise.

The actual program name is gpedit.msc và it’s generally located at C:WindowsSystem32gpedit.msc or %windir%System32gpedit.msc.


But you don’t have to mở cửa File Explorer to lớn find it every time you want lớn use it. There are several ways khổng lồ access the Group Policy Editor.

Open the Start menu and tìm kiếm on gpedit.msc. Press Windows Key + R. Type gpedit.msc in the Run window and select OK.Create a shortcut khổng lồ the gpedit.msc và place it on the desktop.In file Explorer, navigate khổng lồ C:WindowsSystem32gpedit.msc.Right-click on gpedit.msc và select Create a shortcut.

A window will pop up that reads, “Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Vày you want the shortcut to lớn be placed on the desktop instead?” Select Yes. You can move the shortcut wherever you want after it’s created.

A Guided Tour Of The Windows 10 Group Policy Editor

Once you have the Group Policy Editor opened, you’ll notice two main categories on the left side of the window. There are Computer Configuration & User Configuration.

The policies in Computer Configuration will apply to the entire computer and affect the functioning of the computer & the operating system in general. These settings bởi vì not change depending on who is logged in khổng lồ the computer.


The policies in User Configuration apply to lớn the users. The User Configuration policies are ideal for customizing the user’s desktop experience. If you are only changing the local group policy objects (LGPO), it will apply to lớn all users on that computer.

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If you are taking care of servers & applying the group policy in your Active Directory, the settings may apply to lớn all or some users. It all depends on what màn chơi the policies are applied.

As you drill down into the different sections, you’ll see different areas for different applications or services. Make special note of what’s under the Administrative Templates sections in both Computer và User Configuration. 

Administrative Templates can be added for many different apps you may install. For example, there is a large set of Administrative Templates for Microsoft Office that can be added to the Group Policy Editor. Even non-Microsoft companies, like Google, FoxIt PDF reader, and LogMeIn remote desktop access provide Administrative Templates for you to lớn use. It’s a bit of a process to tải về and install them, but it’s not that hard.

There are far too many policies for us lớn go through them all & describe what they can do.

If you’d lượt thích to see all the Administrative Template policies available under either Computer or User Configurations, navigate lớn Administrative Templates > All Settings & select it. In the right-hand pane, you’ll see a long danh mục of possible settings. In the image below, there are 2500 settings. There may be more on your computer or server.

When this was written, there were over 4200 policies native to lớn Windows. That’s not including the different Administrative Templates one can add.

If you’re interested in going further into all the Microsoft policies, you can download Microsoft’s Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows & Windows Server.

What Can I bởi vì With the Windows 10 Group Policy Editor?

Think of the Group Policy Editor as your safe way to lớn work in Windows Registry. Group Policy Editor won’t allow you to change everything you could in the Windows Registry, but it does allow you khổng lồ change almost everything you’d want to change in Windows Registry.

Security policies are a great place to start. Let’s go through setting a policy khổng lồ disable the Windows Command Prompt.

With the Group Policy Editor open:

Navigate to lớn User Configuration > System.
This is optional. You can also prevent running batch scripts by changing the Disable the command prompt script processing also? from No lớn Yes.Take a moment khổng lồ read through the Help: section lớn fully understand what this setting can do. If you need to lớn run batch files for system maintenance, vày not turn this on.

While you’re in this area, kiểm tra out other settings lượt thích Prevent access lớn registry editing tools and Run only specified Windows applications. These are good security settings khổng lồ work with as well.

There are so many things you could do, & we have articles for you about many of them. We can show you the best way to disable Cortana, how khổng lồ enable biometrics so Hello Fingerprint works, & how khổng lồ set granular password policies for users. Get in there, take a look around và you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much you can control và customize your computer using the Windows 10 group policy editor

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