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Title: Windows 7 - gpedit.msc
Post by: Netted on April 06, 2014, 04:49:52 AM
I am running Windows7-Home-Premium which does not include
the Group Policy Editor.

I installed gpedit (dotmsc) following the instructions I found here:

 Install gpedit.msc on Windows7HomePremium (http://drudger.deviantart.com/art/Add-GPEDIT-msc-215792914)

Although the installation instruction works and gpedit (dotmsc) runs fine,
when I enable any of the settings they don't seem to work.

I only used Hide Specific Drives as an example here to demonstrate that although the setting is  Enabled ,
gpedit (dotmsc) does not seem to respond to setting changes as the drive icons are still visible in MyComputer !

See image below.

What might I be overlooking ?

Thanks In Advance.



Title: Re: Windows 7 - gpedit.msc
Post by: Shane on April 07, 2014, 10:59:57 AM
That site didnt load for me so I dont know what files it gave you. I know that I have done something like that to have gpedit on Windows 7 Home and it worked fine, but the gpedit needs a lot more files than just itself. But since I cant see what files you got I cant check it.

I do know that 90% of the stuff in gpedit can be done manually in the registry. As for the one your trying to do, hide drive letters, here is the registry setting for it :-)

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/hide-drives-from-your-computer-in-windows-vista/

Shane
Title: Re: Windows 7 - gpedit.msc
Post by: Netted on April 07, 2014, 01:22:25 PM
Shane

Thanks for the reply.
I've corrected the link in my first post as below:
 Install gpedit.msc on Windows7HomePremium (http://drudger.deviantart.com/art/Add-GPEDIT-msc-215792914)

I realise that gpedit does not work alone and that the registry can be tweaked manually.
thanks for the registry setting.

Please check the corrected link again it would be nice to have gpedit working.
I'm sure I had gpedit working using this link and Download (http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/180/b/0/add_gpedit_msc_by_jwils876-d3kh6vm.zip) on a previous computer.
If you get it to work could you post your installation procedure.

Thanks Again

:smiley:




Title: Re: Windows 7 - gpedit.msc
Post by: Shane on April 07, 2014, 01:32:28 PM
That is the one I use as well
http://drudger.deviantart.com/art/Add-GPEDIT-msc-215792914

But I had to move some files to make it work on 64bit, such as what one of the comments said to do

Quote
Works only on 32-Bit Win7.
On 64-Bit Win 7 you must go to the SysWOW64 folder and copy the GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folder and the gpedit.msc file into the System32 folder. So the Grouppolicy-Editor works also on Win 7 64.

Shane
Title: Re: Windows 7 - gpedit.msc
Post by: Netted on April 07, 2014, 06:02:04 PM
Shane

Quote
Works only on 32-Bit Win7.
On 64-Bit Win 7 you must go to the SysWOW64 folder and copy the GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folder and the gpedit.msc file into the System32 folder. So the GroupPolicy-Editor works also on Win 7 64.

I did follow that comment you mention Shane, during my several attempts to get gpedit to work, although essential, it didn't correct the issue.

The fact that I can get gpedit to run suggests to me that I'm overlooking something.

I am aware the naming of the  System32 and SysWOW64 folders (http://www.samlogic.net/articles/32-64-bit-windows-folder-x86-syswow64.htm) folders can be misleading.

One thought that comes to mind is when pasting, should I over-write the the files (GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folders) already in the  System32 folder ?

I've even gone to the trouble of carrying out an upgrade repair to the Windows 7 installation to return it to it's previous condition, then reinstalling gpedit and copying the files relevant files from SysWow64  to System32 folder, still no joy !

Have you any other suggestions ?

:smiley:




Title: Re: Windows 7 - gpedit.msc
Post by: Shane on April 08, 2014, 11:26:09 AM
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One thought that comes to mind is when pasting, should I over-write the the files (GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folders) already in the  System32 folder ?

Yes I always overwrite the files.

I havent used it to much, but the could of times I did it worked. I mean it is just writing things to the registry or file system.

Of course I do have UAC turned off, so if you are running it make sure to run it as administrator just in case :-)

Shane
Title: Re: Windows 7 - gpedit.msc
Post by: Netted on April 09, 2014, 11:00:30 PM
Shane

I know this isn't important it's just annoying me that I haven't figured out the issue yet.
I'm sure you can relate to that frustration   :teeth:  :smiley:

So I carried out another Windows 7 upgrade repair manually edited the registry (after creating a backup).

1. Then went to  - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
2. Created a new 32Bit DWORD - NoDrives - Decimal 12 (hex C) - for hiding C and D Drives
3. Restarted Computer
4. See Image Attached.

Although the NoDrive DWORD is set to 12, both drives still show when I go to:
Start / Computer !

To me, this would reflect the issue doesn't lie with gpedit, as the registry setting should work
when the registry is manually edited.

What could cause the registry setting to have no effect ?

 :undecided:


Title: Re: Windows 7 - gpedit.msc
Post by: Shane on April 10, 2014, 02:23:12 PM
I think MS may have changed that setting, see if this one will help better :-)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938267.aspx

If you look at the list there should be no 0x0c like you have.

Shane