Tweak Windows 10 through Local Group Policy Editor

Windows lets you use the Group Policy to define user and computer configurations for groups of users and computers. With the Group Policy snap-in you can specify policy settings for the following: Registry-based policies, Security options, Software installation and maintenance options, Scripts options and Folder redirection options.

Local Group Policy Editor

The Group Policy Editor (GPEDITit.msc) is one of the most useful tools for administering the policy on Windows. There are several desktops, start menu, taskbar, system tweaks you can apply using the Group Policy Editor in Windows 10/8/7. To do so, type gpedit.msc in Start Search and hit Enter. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor.

In the left pane, expand User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop. In the right pane, you will see a lot of settings you can modify. Most will be Not Configured. Right click on any and select Edit. From the dialog box which is presented, you can Enable the setting.

Desktop tweaks

Similarly, under each category like Start Menu and Taskbar, etc, you get plenty of setting which you can tweak to your requirement in Windows 7.

Start menu & taskbar tweaks

Should you again wish to disable any of the tweaked settings you have to simply set it at Not Configured or Disabled again.

While Windows Ultimate, Professional and Enterprise editions have gpedit.msc, Windows Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter Editions do not include the Group Policy Editor. It is also available only in Windows 8 Pro, Enterprise editions and not in Home edition.

Go here to learn about Filter Options in Local Group Policy Editor in Windows.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, 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.

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