Cannot edit items in group policy editor

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 pro 2004

    Cannot edit items in group policy editor

    Dell laptop, W10 Pro 64 bit, v. 2004.
    I just upgraded a Dell from W7 pro to W10 pro. I want to disable a few items in the group policy editor, but having a problem.
    I can open gpedit and get to the items, but when I double click only the description shows, not the options pane for editing. I spent the whole day researching this, but Google doesn't show any hits for this particular problem.
    I have another W10 laptop and a W7 machine, and don't have this happen with either one.
    Any clue, or is it reset time?
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  2. Posts : 5,278
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

    See if you can open them at Microsoft Management Console.

    Type mmc.exe to Start Menu and from Microsoft Management Console click File --> Add/Remove Snap-in option.
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  3. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 pro 2004
    Thread Starter

    I've tried that, but the snap-in for group policy won't stay added. I tried under the computers tab. When I click the users tab, all the user entries (administrator, etc.) says no , and I can't change them.
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  4. Posts : 7,830
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit

    Perhaps time for a repair install or recover from the last working backup. Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  5. Posts : 42,526
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, this might give a hint:

    Noted this refers to older Windows versions.. but it might point you towards a solution. There may be a more recent version of this.

    However, with due caution (check file exists first) I see no harm in trying the resolution:

    To resolve this issue, re-register the appropriate MMC snap-in DLL that

    implements the missing functionality by issuing the following command at a Windows command prompt

    regsvr32 <snap-in DLL name>

    By default, all of the Group Policy related MMC snap-in DLLs can be found in %systemroot%\system32

    The following lists the default Group Policy snap-in DLLs that you can re-register:

    Administrative Templates and Scripts: gptext.dll
    Folder Redirection: fde.dll
    Internet Explorer Maintenance: ieaksie.dll
    IP Security: ipsecsnp.dll
    Public Key and Software Restriction: certmgr.dll
    Remote Installation Services: rigpsnap.dll
    Security: wsecedit.dll
    Software Installation: appmgr.dll
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  6. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 pro 2004
    Thread Starter

    There aren't any snap-in dlls listed in the command prompt nor in the system 32.
    Also, when I click on "policy setting" at the top of the description, there is a script error.
    Is there a way to re-install the gp editor without doing a complete reset?
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  7. Posts : 42,526
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    I don't know of any way to install the GP editor as such- it's part of Windows. It's not listed in Windows Features (Control Panel) for example.

    Has it ever worked since you upgraded? If not, an in-place upgrade repair is unlikely to help, as it's essentially the same thing you've just done in upgrading. (Note- an upgrade repair is not a 'reset').

    Was it working in Win 7?

    You could use this:
    Download Policy Plus - MajorGeeks
    - looks like the GP editor, and adds a useful 'find' feature.

    There are ways posted which are suppposed to add the GP editor to Home. I don't know if those might help you get it working. E.g.
    4 Ways to Fix Group Policy Editor (gpedit) Missing on Windows 10

    I would advise making an appropriate backup before attempting this. Hopefully you are routinely using disk imaging (e.g. Macrium Reflect - free/paid).
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  8. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 pro 2004
    Thread Starter

    I haven't tried it in W7 on this machine. I enabled gp editing in the optional features, then again added group policy in the mmc console, but still no luck. I'm going to try a reset and see if that helps.
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  9. Posts : 42,526
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    You will lose all installed programs.
    Reset Windows 10
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  10. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 pro 2004
    Thread Starter

    I did a hard reset and wiped the hd, and that fixed it. There wasn't much on it that needed reloading, it's just a backup machine.
    Thanks for the replies.
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