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Problems Accessing gpedit.msc in XP Pro


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StewBizzle

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Upon trying to access the group policy editor (gpedit.msc) from start > run, xp comes back with the error, "Windows cannot find 'gpedit.msc'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search."

After some extensive googling, I have essentially discovered that gpedit.msc is NOT accessible in XP home, which would be fine EXCEPT I am running XP Pro. I have been unable to find any means of restoring the service, and it has remained inaccessible, despite trying to restore what files I could find from my xp disc to /system32.

I would really prefer to not have to reinstall windows, but I also need to be able to access this service, so any help would be tremedously appreciated since it has been a very frustrating ordeal to try and resolve. :whistling:
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greyknight17

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Can you find that gepedit.msc file on your computer at all?

Try using the System File Checker to see if it can recover the file:
Go to Start->Run and type in sfc /scannow and hit OK. Let it scan. If it finds any files missing/corrupted, it may ask for the Windows CD.
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OMG, thank you...

I could not find the gpedit.msc file at all on my comp, but I ran the sfc /scannow, and it stopped almost immediately to ask for my xp disc...

The only kicker is, I could only find the one I have for my laptop (OEM), I still have to dig out the original for my desktop, so at about half way through it paused and wouldn't accept the disc, but I have no doubt that it will fix the problem, just have to sort through my stacks of cd's.

Thanks again, you have no idea how long I looked on google for a solution, I really appreciate it. :whistling:
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No problem StewBizzle. Glad we can help :whistling:
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I have had the same problem. When I run gpedit.msc the same error comes even for all others like regedit, mmc, or any thing i run the error pops out. I am using Windows Xp Pro 2002 SF3
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