GPEDIT.MSC Windows 11 Home Question


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I used CMD prompt script (widely available online) to enable gpedit.msc in Windows 11 Home...to enable easier configuration of settings instead of registry entries. Out of curiosity, if I should encounter any issues, is there a script to disable again (i.e. restore Windows 11 Home back to original non-gpedit.msc state).
 

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I believe any policy set using Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home version won't work. You can use Policy Plus.

 

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Just guessing:

Replace all 0 with 1 and vice-versa.
Replace all yes with no and vice-versa.
Replace all enable with disable and vice-versa.
Replace all true with false and vice-versa.
 
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More like change all values to "Not Configured" with gpedit.msc if still available. But I think mccnavy meant (maybe you did too) what if gpedit.msc no longer worked. Just guessing with the registry values would not be my first choice, and doing an in-place upgrade won't fix it.

There really should only be a handful of things you would want to (or should) change so I would say do the registry changes and keep track of the or back them up to .reg files.
 

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Thanks...I believe I wasn't clear enough. I'm not talking about restoring "settings" in gpedit.msc. In Windows Home (10 or 11) gpedit.msc is "disabled." If you try and type it in "run" you would get that it isn't found. My desktop computer has Windows 11 Pro (I had a Windows 10 pro license) so gpedit.msc comes enabled. There are quite a bit of useful settings. Anyways, people shouldn't have to pay extra and upgrade to Pro just for gpedit.msc (they may need other Pro options though), so there are commands that enable you to turn it on. That's what I did and while I haven't changed anything, typing gpedit.msc in run now actually opens it...i.e. it works. My question is more, if I needed to turn it completely back "off" could I...i.e. so it says "not found" again. It was just a question out of curiosity...not sure why I would but you never know.
 

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I believe any policy set using Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 Home version won't work. You can use Policy Plus.

It looks like you're right...I can see all the settings in gpedit, but they don't seem to take effect at all. I confirmed that it works on my desktop machine with Windows 11 Pro, but changing settings in Windows 11 Home doesn't seem to do anything. I still had to make the registry changes. Does Policy Plus actually enable settings to be changed? Otherwise, I guess my next option is simply to pay for a Pro license key and manually enter/activate, correct?
 

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Anyways, people shouldn't have to pay extra and upgrade to Pro just for gpedit.msc (they may need other Pro options though)
Why not? By virtue of it's name, the different versions of Windows have different functionalities and are intended for different user demographics ... Home users and Professional users
 

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It looks like you're right...I can see all the settings in gpedit, but they don't seem to take effect at all.
Yes, enabling gpedit in Windows 10/11 Home is 'read-only', you can look but not change anything.

However, many of the group policies can be applied and will work just as well in Home as they do in Pro. The group policy editor is just a convenient way to apply (or remove) registry changes which it holds in its administrative template. Wherever a policy can be used in Home as well as Pro Brink will provide the relevant registry settings in his tutorials as another option, alongside the gpedit option.

There are a few group policies for which Home ignores the registry settings though, most of these are in the area of controlling Windows Update. Wher this is the case Brink will say so in the relevant tutorial. If you want to see what registry settings each group policy uses then Microsoft provide a Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet you can refer to.

 

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Why not? By virtue of it's name, the different versions of Windows have different functionalities and are intended for different user demographics ... Home users and Professional users
You make a good point...it was just my opinion that gpedit provides a personalization capability that many home users could/would likely use that aren't specific to pro users. Pro definitely offers some additional features that home users don't need, as you allude to.
 

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Yes, enabling gpedit in Windows 10/11 Home is 'read-only', you can look but not change anything.

However, many of the group policies can be applied and will work just as well in Home as they do in Pro. The group policy editor is just a convenient way to apply (or remove) registry changes which it holds in its administrative template. Wherever a policy can be used in Home as well as Pro Brink will provide the relevant registry settings in his tutorials as another option, alongside the gpedit option.

There are a few group policies for which Home ignores the registry settings though, most of these are in the area of controlling Windows Update. Wher this is the case Brink will say so in the relevant tutorial. If you want to see what registry settings each group policy uses then Microsoft provide a Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet you can refer to.

Thanks...I did see that spreadsheet, that seems to come out periodically when Microsoft releases admin template updates for policy editor. Based on earlier posts, just in case, I did do a System Restore and undid the gpedit activation, as I didn't need it just to "view." I'll stick to registry entries, as necessary, or try Policy Plus, if needed in the future.
 

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You make a good point...it was just my opinion that gpedit provides a personalization capability that many home users could/would likely use that aren't specific to pro users. Pro definitely offers some additional features that home users don't need, as you allude to.
As later upgrade versions are released (7 > 8.x > 10 > 11) it is becoming more and more obvious that Windows doesn't like users messing around with the settings Microsoft says you MUST have. Constant changes to menu items that allow system changes is becoming more and more of a challenge, and MS considers most "Home" users are total idiots and shouldn't be allowed to do anything other than surf the 'net, send emails and watch multimedia with programs and settings that MS determine.
 

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MS considers most "Home" users are total idiots
I don't think that's it. This is not new. I think it all comes down to their business model. Even Pro users are strapped with some challenges undoing changes to the OS that we either don't like or don't fit the way we use our systems. That's why we depend so much on @Brink and others like him to help us get what we want. As long as I can remember, Home was geared toward the masses and Pro was geared towards organizations whose IT departments controlled their systems. For that reason, a Pro license always costs more when you bought it outright or an OEM padded their prices to cover getting a Pro OS. It's just another case of "you get what you pay for."
 

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