Tweaking Windows settings that are not promptly accessible in standard menus will normally expect modifications to be produced using the OS’ Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). The library is a database with settings put away for the framework, drivers, administrations, user interface, etc, while the Group Policy Editor gives all the more a GUI to comprehension and modifying a portion of the settings in the vault (Group Policy changes are additionally kept in the vault).
Gathering Policy highlights were presented in Windows 2000 are still packaged with the working framework today as long as you aren’t on a Home or Starter assemble, which has fewer highlights than Pro or Enterprise.
We routinely reference Group Policy settings all through our tips, for example, this manual for crippling Windows advertisements and more on Windows 10, and we considered those you on Home would most likely appreciate having the option to use Gpedit like every other person.
You can check what variant of Windows you are one with the instrument that opens by entering msinfo32.exe into Start or Run. You can likewise check if the Group Policy Editor is installed by attempting to dispatch the utility with gpedit.msc.
In the wake of testing different proposals from around the web, we discovered one that works for adding the Group Policy Editor to Windows 7, 8 and 10.
Install the Group Policy Editor on Windows Home Edition
Besides working with numerous ages of Windows, the feature of this first method is that no downloads are required. Rather, files that as of now exist inside your working framework are used to install Group Policy Editor. While Windows Home doesn’t have gpedit.msc installed, the entirety of the information fundamental for the utility is put away in the framework files.
We’ll use Windows DISM directions to install the Group Policy Editor (credit to Solomon at SQL Quantum Leap for this).
Copy the whole group of content and glue/enter it into an administrator-level Command Prompt:
FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~*.mum") DO ( DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F" ) FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum") DO ( DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F" )
Using those directions installed the Group Policy Editor inside a couple of moments on our virtual machines running Home releases of Windows 7, 8 and 10. For each situation, a reboot was required for gpedit.msc to be recorded by means of Start.
Gathering Policy settings that might be useful
As referenced previously, we have devoted an article to handicapping Windows 10’s different disturbances and that is likely a decent starting area if you’re searching for certain things to tweak in the Group Policy Editor. Notwithstanding, here are a few instances of what can be modified, including a few recommendations from that article.
Quick start guide
Search Start or Run for gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy Editor, then navigate to the desired setting, double-click on it and choose Enable or Disable and Apply/Ok.
A slew of Start menu/Taskbar tweaks
User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Start Menu and Taskbar
Prevent or delay Windows Update
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Defer Upgrades and Updates
Disable forced restarts
Computer Configuration > Administrator Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic update installations
Disable removable disks
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Removable Storage Access > Removable Disks: Deny read access
Other hardware lockouts: Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Device Installation Restrictions
Power-related policy settings
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive > Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage
Prevent software installations
Computer Configurations > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Installer > Disable Windows Installer
Turn Off Windows Defender
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender > Turn off Windows Defender
Lock your desktop wallpaper
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent Changing Desktop Background
Disable Windows 10 telemetry Open up the Group Policy Editor by launching gpedit.msc as an administrator. Go through Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds > Allow Telemetry
White/blacklist applications from running
Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Application Control Policies > AppLocker
Record Windows logon attempts
Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Audit Policy > Audit logon events (Enable Success & Failure)
Show only certain control panel items
Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Hide specified Control Panel items or Show only specified Control Panel Item.