Windows 7 Group Policy - Gpedit.msc
Microsoft introduced the idea of group policies way back in the NT 4.0, moreover each successive generation has added more settings so that in Windows 7 we have over 2,500 policies. As with previous operating systems you can inspect and control the settings with a snap-in called gpedit.msc. Troubleshooting gpedit.msc in Windows 7 Home Premium.
Windows 7 Group Policy Review
If you have Active Directory then you will control group policy strategy with GPMC on the domain controller. However, if you are responsible for Windows 7 in workgroup or HomeGroup configuration then you will choose the local group policy editor - gpedit.msc.
Types of Group Policy Settings
There are broadly three reasons for changing group policy settings, firstly, adding features present in Vista and XP, but absent in Window 7. Secondly, using group policy to remove stuff that is inappropriate for that machine, for example 'Remove volume control icon' if you have no speakers. Thirdly, employing the traditional group policy role of restricting users, for example, 'Prevent users from changing the taskbar'.
When you want change a setting this is how you launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
The problem is that although you type precisely gpedit.msc, Windows 7 cannot find gpedit.msc. The most likely cause is that you have the Home Premium edition. It's most disappointing that you only get gpedit.msc in the Ultimate, Professional (old Business) and Enterprise editions, and not in the Windows 7 Home Premium or Basic editions.
Another common problem is that you forget to type the .msc file extension. Windows 7 cannot find gpedit unless you append the .msc file extension.
Other than it could just be a plain typo, gdedit.mcs or some other anagram.
Here are ideas for changes that you could make to the Windows 7 desktop, as usual, some add features, while others restrict the user's actions.
Start Menu and Taskbar
Secpol - Security Policy Editor
Secpol is a subset of Gpedit, a little sister if prefer. This snap-in enables you to focus on just the security settings.
Summary of Windows 7 Gpedit.msc - Local Group Policy Editor
Microsoft has continued the good work of creating a Local Group Policy Editor so that you can change settings without using regedit. As with previous operating systems you can inspect and control the settings with a snap-in called gpedit.msc, and see that in Windows 7 we have over 2,500 policies.
If you are troubleshooting gpedit.msc in Windows 7 Home Premium, it does not exist; you need to upgrade to the Ultimate edition.
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