I have a Basic version of Windows 8.1 (home version; premium; whatever). I do not have a corporate or business version. I know that Group Policy Editor is just a fancy interface for this Group Policy Registry Table.

However, is there:

A) A Local Users and Groups (lusrgmr) registry table equivalent? B) A registry hack to force enable lusrmgr?

Regarding question B, I tried adding the string Restrict_Run and modifying it between 0 and 1, and no matter what, it just says that Local Users and Groups has been restricted. I add it to HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MMC{5D6179C8-17EC-11D1-9AA9-00C04FD8FE93}

I tried a DWORD as well, and that won't work. Is there some other string or DWORD that I can put in to force enable it?

Otherwise, a registry table equivalent would be fantastic. I just can't find one.

  • Wooo! So far, I found this. I can create the group using command prompt (cmd), but I can't figure out how to assign rights. So I will have to figure that out next (unless someone knows how). Then I will just use control userpasswords2 (type that into run), and change the user group manually that way. Feb 20, 2015 at 14:07
  • What are you trying to use lusrgmr.msc to accomplish exactly? Are you simply trying to enable the Local Users and Groups snap-in?
    – Ramhound
    Feb 20, 2015 at 14:07
  • I am attempting to re-enact the old ability that Power Users had (but don't anymore; even on corporate editions of windows) to be a Standard User, but with the ability to install programs. I haven't quite figured out the answer yet, but I'm getting close. Even if that means somehow getting lusrgmr to work so I can create my own modified user group. Feb 20, 2015 at 14:09
  • So your actual question is how to create new users and new groups either without the "Local Users and Groups" snap-in or enable the snap-in without the group policy editor which allows you to do that.
    – Ramhound
    Feb 20, 2015 at 14:18
  • If that is the case then this should explain how to do it. You need an Administrator account to setup everything obviously.
    – Ramhound
    Feb 20, 2015 at 14:21

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I figured out how to do it without the snap-in OR the registry. I need to use elevated command prompt, net localgroup ntrights and also setting permissions on the c drive for my newly created group. See here for my more in depth answer.

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