Install Group Policy Management Console in Windows 10/8/7

In this post we will see how to install Group Policy Management Console or GPMC in Windows 10/8/7.  GPMC simplifies the management of Group Policy in Windows systems, by making it easier to for IT and System Administrators to understand, deploy, manage, troubleshoot Group Policy implementations, as well as automate Group Policy operations via scripting.

The Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is not to be confused with the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc). GPEDIT work with the registry settings of your local system, whereas GPMC is a server administration tool for domain based network.

To do this, you will need to download and install Windows Remote Server Administration Tool or RSAT. The Remote Server Administration Tools enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed, from a remote computer. They include Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and select command-line tools.

You can download it from here: Windows 7 | Windows 8 | Windows 8.1 | Windows 10.

Install Group Policy Management Console

Install Group Policy Management Console

Once you have installed it, restart your system and open Control Panel > Programs and Features. From the left side, click on Turn Windows features On or Off. The Windows Features box will open.

You will now see the under Remote Server Administration Tools entry and it will be checked by default. Just confirm that Group Policy Management Tools check box is checked. If it is not, then do so and click on OK. You may need to wait forwhile, so that Windows can make changes to the system.

Once done, open Run box, type gpmc.msc and hit Enter to open the Group Policy Management Console. Log in with a domain username to start using it.

Note that you will be able to use it only if your have systems running Pro / Business / Enterprise editions of Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 editions. It will not run on editions which do not have Group Policy, like the Home editions.

Tomorrow, we will see how to backup and restore Group Policy Objects in Windows.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

9 Comments

  1. Prateek Kakkar

    after downloading RSAT and installing it. It checks for updates and i get this message “the update is not applicable for you computer”. help please

  2. This happened to me also. Make sure you are downloading the correct version. There is a different set of RSAT tools per version of windows. IE. 7, 8, 8.1 all have seperate downloads.

  3. Mean bitterwinuser

    IMPORTANT: You can install Remote Server Administration Tools
    for Windows 8.1 only on Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise, and
    you must be running a full release of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1
    Enterprise; it cannot be a prerelease or evaluation copy.

  4. Martin Green

    If you are getting the ” “the update is not applicable for you computer” message on Win8 it is almost certainly because you are running Windows Basic. You must be running Pro or Enterprise to be allowed to install this.

  5. Chad Garcia

    I tried downloading RSAT but after installing it, it says update is not applicable for your computer. Please help me. I need to access gpedit.msc. I tried alot of websites but they don’t work and help. Is there something wrong with my computer? Im running Lenovo 2 13 Windows 8.1. Thank you in advance.

  6. Wilson

    Is there a way to get this for Win10?

  7. Paula Dowell

    This page doesn’t bother specifying that you need Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise for this to work. It won’t work on the home versions. They should have mentioned this

  8. baldpope

    Thanks for the share @Anand – I just shared this with some staff internally, very helpful.

  9. This message means you downloaded a package meant for a different version of Windows. The website prompted me to choose the 32 or 64-bit version of the package for the following operating systems: Windows 10 1709, Windows 10 1803, and Windows server 2016. I am currently using an Insider build for Windows which is based on Windows 10 1803 on a 64-bit computer, so I would choose “WindowsTH-RSAT_WS_1803-x64.msu” to download.

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