Is there an alternative to gpedit.msc for "Home" versions of Windows (ie: Vista Home Premium)?


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The gpedit.msc is basically a front-end for various registry settings.

Microsoft published a document called Group Policy Settings Reference which "displays the Group Policy settings in the Administrative Templates folder and the registry entries that they change".

You can open the Registry Editor and change the key listed in the table.

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    Thank you, this worked. (And I am now considering writing a front end to these keys, but manually regeditting them will work for now.)
    – MiffTheFox
    Sep 13, 2009 at 4:26
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    @Albic, Is msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms815238.aspx the full list?
    – Pacerier
    Nov 16, 2014 at 0:29
  • @Pacerier: It appears it's not the full list. I couldn't find the "Always use custom login background" item under the Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon section as described in the How-To Geek article How to Set a Custom Logon Screen Background. Aug 29, 2015 at 8:16
  • Additionally, @MiffTheFox: The page (and its links) do not specify in detail what values must be written to the registry; it only states the registry key and the entry which holds the value. You'll therefore need a working version of Group Policy Editor to test the values being written to the registry. Kindly send me a message if you decide to undertake this task. I will be glad to contribute. Aug 29, 2015 at 8:23
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    This is the Windows 2000 list, and is heavily outdated. The current version can be found here.
    – Bob
    Oct 11, 2015 at 6:33

this site offers free gpedit for win10 add on... https://www.itechtics.com/enable-gpedit-windows-10-home/ I've not checked code so unsure how safe it is but sounds good to me, maybe someone can verify the code?


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