Install and Enable Windows XP Group Policy Editor

Tips for Installing and Enabling Group Policy Editor in Windows XP Home Edition

Group Policy Editor enables users to examine, modify, alter, or personalize numerous advanced policies and system settings, but the main problem is that the Window XP Home Edition doesn’t incorporate the Group policy Editor.

Consequently, the users waste their time searching for a way to open group policy editor. The other option they have is to edit the matching registry keys manually to make the necessary change.

However, you do not have to worry much about this as there is a hack available and you can easily edit the Microsoft Management Consol in Windows XP Home Edition, and you can install GPedit.msc by hacking MMC. You will have to follow the below mentioned steps for installing group policy editor. After hacking you will be able to use and run GPedit.msc similar to Windows XP Professional.

You will have to download the required system files for installing Group Policy Editor on Windows XP Home Edition from here.

Now Run InstallGPEdit.bat batch command

Copy these below mentioned to %WinDir%\System32\ folder (typically C:\Windows\System32):

  • appmgmts.dll
  • appmgr.dll
  • fde.dll
  • fdeploy.dll
  • gpedit.msc
  • gpedit.dll
  • gptext.dll

Create these folders

  • %WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy
  • %WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy\ADM

Copy these files in %WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy\ADM directory

  • system.adm
  • inetres.adm
  • conf.adm

Now use the following command in the command prompt

%Windir%\System32\ folder

  • regsvr32 gpedit.dll
  • regsvr32 fde.dll
  • regsvr32 gptext.dll
  • regsvr32 appmgr.dll
  • regsvr32 fdeploy.dll

After completing the hack procedure you will have to run Group Policy Editor by:

Start then open Run command then type gpedit.msc

How Can I Hide Local Drives On Computer Using Group Policy Editor

This post will guide you through to hide a Drive on your computer using the Group Policy Editor feature available built-in in your Windows system.

First, click on Start and then select Run.

Enter gpedit.msc in Run text bar and hit enter.

Your Group Policy Editor will be opened. Once it is opened, you’ll have to navigate to the following node:

User Configuration -–> Administrative Templates -–> Windows Components -–> Windows Explorer


When you reach Windows Explorer, if you look onto your right had side, you’ll find “Hide these specified drives in My Computer”, which you need to double click on. Upon double clicking you’ll find an option to enable and select the drives you want to hide. Make your selection and , select enable and select the drives from the drop down menu.

However, there is a restriction on which drives you can hide. You can hide only upto drive A – D, or you’ll have to hide all the drives. Or the only other option is you’ll have to hide all the drives, so you can’t hand pick and hide drives after D drive, ie E, F and such drives.