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Gpedit.msc is missing – Error solution

November 4th, 2009

Sometimes you can see the following error messages on your computer screen:

Windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the start button, and click Search.


Failed to start the Group policy snap-in. The gpedit.msc file may be missing, files with .msc extension may not be associated with mmc.exe, or you may not have the appropriate rights.

windows cannot find gpedit.msc

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That means that ‘gpedit.msc’ file is missing and your Windows system cannot find it. What is ‘gpedit.msc’ and what is it for? Gpedit is the Group Policy Editor. Policy group is used to detect the settings of the policy that will apply to the computers or users. With the help of this snap-in you can deny the access to some other definite snaps-in of the console. Every day viruses becomes more and more dangerous. The consequences of their activity are also harmful. So, let’s see what harmful can a virus leave after itself:

  • 1. It can block the Task Manager.
  • 2. It can block the Registry Editor.
  • 3. It can corrupt or delete the Group Policy Editor.

The first two items can be solved with the help of gpedit.msc (the editor of the Policy group object), that’s why we can begin from the third item. For the solution of this problem, we need the installation of files that is necessary for gpedit.msc functioning restoration. So, we need to download for Windows XP.

So, here are the instructions:

1. Download Unzip the zip package.
2. Run the gpedit.bat file. This file will ask you to press any key several times while starting up.
3. If there will be no error messages, so the gpedit.msc will function properly after the completion of works of gpedit.bat file.

This can successfully help you to restore gpedit.msc on the Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home versions (gpedit.msc is usually not included in Home versions).

Then you can just run your Gpedit.msc:

Click Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc

Also you can do the actions of file manually:

1. Copy the following files into the folder %SystemRoot%\system32 (usually it is c:\windows\system32):

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

2. Copy the following files into the folder %SystemRoot%\system32\GroupPolicy\ADM\:

  • system.adm<
  • Inetres.adm
  • conf.adm

3. Register all the files enumerated above:

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

4. Then you should run the gpedit.msc itself.

And there you will find how to allow the launch of the Task Manager and the Registry Editor.