Enable GroupPolicy GPEDIT for Windows Vista Home
I posted a trick for boosting internet speed using GPEdit for XP. Somebody asked me, what about Vista? I found that gpedit.msc (group policy editor) is not present for Vista home and premium edition. It does exist in Vista Pro (Ultimate, Business and Enterprise editions). I proudly told him that Microsoft did not find it funny to bother Vista Home users to mess with Group Policy Editor, so they just eliminated the tool. But I gave him some tips related to how on this mortal world of windows we can desperately try to increase internet speed for Windows Vista by ‘other’ means. He was not convinced. Anyways now the good news is. We can populate, generate or create gpedit.msc thing in Windows Vista Home edition by using some Wizardry.
What we can do is, we can take the necessary files from Vista Ultimate or Business edition and put them in Vista Home to get gpedit back.
We need two packages.
- Group Policy files package
- .ADM files package
The path C:Windowssystem32 contains Group Policy files (in Ultimate Vista) e.g.
The path C:WindowsINF contains .ADM files (in Ultimate Vista) e.g.
We will copy these. and past these in Vista Home edition at the same paths in inf and system32 folders. Now Vista will protest about some files which it already have. It will ask something like: “Are you behind this suspicious activity?” We will confess by clicking yes. We will ignore more protests replace all files.
Run the following commands there one by one:
Now Vista will again protest that module was loaded but the entry point DllRegisterServer was not found. We will ignore that once more and continue our work ruthlessly with a smile on the face.
It is time.
Open once again run
Write there: gpedit.msc and Press enter…
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OMG! There is Group Policy Editor but with an error. Okay what it says:
Hmm! Lets find the MMC. Open run, type there MMC and press enter.
Okay that will be empty on right side at first. We just click file > add or remove snap-ins and add all left side devils to the right panel and click ok.
It will prompt to save. We just save that console. Finish.
Now snap-ins have been added.
We go to run (fast this time) and try to open gpedit.msc
Again the same problem. Vista will deny flatly to load snap-ins in gpedit.
I have a feeling to go to the website fmylife and post this article over there.
I am gonna try something more. We have got the Group Policy Editor in Vista Premium for sure but its empty.
Do not try this, until this issue is resolved. OMG!!!
UPDATE: Download GPEDIT VISTA SETUP and install it. It will bring back GPEDIT for all versions of Windows Vista. [ source ]