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Group Policy is a Windows feature that contains a variety of advanced settings, particularly for network administrators. However, local Group Policy can also be used to adjust settings on a single computer.

Centralized Group Policy

If you’re using a Windows computer in an Active Directory environment, Group Policy settings can be defined on the domain controller. Network administrators have one place where they can configure a variety of Windows settings for every computer on the network.

Local Group Policy

Group Policy isn’t only useful for networks of computers in businesses or schools, however. If you’re using a Professional version of Windows, you can use the local Group Policy Editor to change Group Policy settings on your computer.

Using Local Group Policy

To access the local Group Policy Editor on your Windows computer (assuming you’re using a Professional edition of Windows or better, not a Home version), open the Start menu, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter.

Group Policy settings are broken up into two sections – the Computer Configuration section controls computer-specific settings, while the User Configuration section controls user-specific settings.

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