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How to fix "Windows cannot find gpedit.msc" error message

How to get rid of: "Windows cannot find 'gpedit.msc'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again." error when you try to run Group Policy Editor?

Error description

windows cannot find gpedit.msc

This is just an example. Your error message can look differently.

What is gpedit.msc?

Group Policy Editor is one of the key components of Microsoft Windows operating systems family. It has been manufactured by Compaq software developers and later on developed by Microsoft software engineers in order to allow you to make changes in your system settings. Group Policy editor is basically a user interface for registry editing, It is usually used to define user and computer settings for groups of users or/and computers. Using Group Policy Editor you can define the state of users' work environment such as Registry based settings, Security settings, Software installation and Scripts options once and be sure that the operating system will push the policies that you define to users and computers you manage.

To start using Group Policy Editor simply hit Start button and type gpedit.msc. This command starts Microsoft Management Console snap-in. You are ready to go ahead and tweak your computer, or complete any other task you intend to. Don't forget to read user manual.

The error message appears because of different reasons:

In some cases gpedit.msc command results in error "Windows cannot find gpedit.msc". And there are a few reasons for that.

The reasons of these errors may differ:

  • spelling;
  • operating system edition restriction;
  • permission malfunction;
  • virus infection;
  • Group Policy Editor is not installed in your version of windows.

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Most frequently the problem appears in Windows during the attempts to start Group Policy Editor.

  • Check spelling.

To run any kind of command, you have to be very specific about what you are trying to accomplish. Sometimes you just miss a character or a dot and it results in error. Sometimes users just mistype the extension, well it might work if you are using this command frequently and your operating system is predefined to use the common command. Anyway, check your spelling, make sure you input gpedit.msc or simply copy gpedit.msc command and paste it to search box.

  • Initiate a scan for viruses.

Viruses can infiltrate your system and set up for other system files in the meantime re-coding the file or removing it. The malware may also just imitate error messages. It wouldn't be inappropriate to conduct a virus detection with an antivirus program. We recommend you to download and scan your computer with SpyHunter 4 to remove viruses that can cause "Windows cannot find gpedit.msc" error message.

  • Check if your operating system supports Group Policy Editor.

Group Policy Editor is included in the limited number of Microsoft Windows operating systems editions, they are Windows Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise. So, if you are using the above editions, just check your spelling and try again. But, in case you are using Windows Starter, Home Basic or Premium editions, you will have to use a third party Group Policy Editor. Keep in mind that you do that at your own responsibility. To check your operating system edition, simply hit Start, locate My computer button, right mouse button click it and hit Properties. A system properties window should open, where might find out your operating system edition as well as other useful information. But this topic is for another article.

  • Edit permissions.

Sometimes Windows just can't access the executable file, in that case try the following: hit Start, in the search box type mmc. This command opens Microsoft Management Console, where you can add any snap-ins available in your system. To do that, hit File menu button, in the dropdown list hit Add or remove snap-in, then select Group Policy Editor from the menu in the left column and add the snap-in. You are ready to go.

  • Install Group Policy Editor manually.
  1. Download archived Gpedit Installer ;
  2. Unzip it using WinZip, WinRar or 7-ZIP;
  3. Run setup.exe file;
  4. Wait until it finishes;
  5. Run Group Policy Editor by pressing Win + R keys, typing gpedit.msc and pressing Enter;

NOTE: Users of 64-bit (x64) vesions of Windows need to go to "SysWOW64" folder present in "C:\Windows" folder and copy "GroupPolicy", "GroupPolicyUsers" folders and gpedit.msc file from there and paste them in "C:\Windows\System32" folder.

Hope the above article was useful for you.

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