Windows cannot find GPEDIT.MSC in Windows 10/11 Home Edition

gpedit.msc missing windows 10/11 home edition

The Local Group Policy Editor (GPEDIT.MSC) is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in used to configure and modify Group Policy settings within Group Policy Objects. This tool is available only on Windows 10/11 Professional Edition and higher.

On Windows Home Editions, you’ll see the following error when you attempt to launch the Group Policy Editor (which is non-existent on Home Editions)

gpedit.msc missing windows 10/11 home edition

gpedit.msc

Windows cannot find 'gpedit.msc'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.
secpol.msc

Windows cannot find 'secpol.msc'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

On Windows Home Editions, you needed to use the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) to enable the policies manually. For each group policy, the equivalent registry setting is listed in the official Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet by Microsoft.

Now, you have a third-party freeware that can be an alternative for the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in any edition of Windows, including Home Edition.Read more

“Turn on fast startup” option missing in Windows 11/10

fast startup option missing

Fast Startup is a feature in Windows 8/10/11 that speeds up the boot process significantly. With the Fast Startup feature enabled, when the user shuts down the computer, what happens under the hood is a hybrid shutdown sequence.

However, on some computers, the Fast Startup and Hibernate features will be missing. When you open Power Options in the classic Control Panel, the “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” option may be missing.Read more

Can’t Rename or Delete OGG file; Explorer Crashes

crashes explorer when renaming or deleting ogg file

When you attempt to rename or delete a .ogg file in File Explorer on Windows 10, the folder window may stop responding. And, when you close the folder window, it terminates and restarts Explorer — i.e., crashes the Explorer shell process. When this happens, a critical error entry is registered … Read more

Printer Error 0x0000011B Caused by KB5005565

printer error 0x0000011b KB5005565

After installing the September 14, 2021—KB5005565 Cumulative Update, your computer may not print, especially when you attempt to print via the network. When you do so, the following error occurs: Windows cannot connect to the printer Printer error 0x0000011b (or) Operation could not be completed (error 0x0000011b). None of the … Read more

How to Change the Default Character Encoding in Notepad

notepad default character encoding windows 10

This post explains how to change the default character encoding in Notepad (e.g., UTF-8 to ANSI) on Windows 10.

ANSI has been the default encoding in Notepad in earlier versions of Windows 10. Since Windows 10 version 1903, the default Notepad encoding is UTF-8.

When you launch notepad.exe, the default encoding is shown in Notepad’s status bar in Windows 10 v1903 and higher.

notepad default character encoding windows 10

When saving a file in Notepad in any version of Windows 10, you can choose one of these character encoding types:

  • ANSI
  • UTF-16 LE
  • UTF-16 LE
  • UTF-8 (default)
  • UTF-8 with BOM
notepad default character encoding windows 10
(Refer to Character encodings at w3.org.)

UTF-8 is preferred if you want to use Unicode characters like Č, Ć, Š, ä, ö, ü, ß in your text file. Some of these accented characters will be lost if you save the file as ANSI. Notepad also warns you when you do so:

This file contains characters in Unicode format which will be lost if you save this file as an ANSI encoded text file. To keep the Unicode information, click Cancel below and then select one of the Unicode options from the Encoding drop down list. Continue?

notepad ansi warning unicode

Some users need ANSI to be the default

There are users who want to change Notepad’s default encoding from UTF-8 to ANSI. For example, VBS/WSH script coders may want ANSI as the default – because CScript.exe or WScript.exe can’t run UTF-8 encoded .vbs files.

Let’s see how to change Notepad’s default encoding to ANSI or another encoding in Windows 10.
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[Fix] Cumulative Update KB5003173 Error 0x800f0922

windows 10 0x800f0922 undoing changes reboot loop

When you install the Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 20H2 (KB5003173), it may roll back at 90% and displays the following error:

We couldn't complete the updates

Undoing changes

Don't turn off your computer.

windows 10 0x800f0922 undoing changes reboot loop

After restarting Windows, the Windows Update page shows the error 0x800f0922.Read more

How to Prevent Auto redirection from IE to Edge for unsupported sites

ie to edge redirect disable

Since Windows 10 version 20H2, Internet Explorer redirects users to Microsoft Edge (Chromium) when they visit websites that don’t support Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge Chromium version 84 and higher have this feature. Many modern websites have designs that are incompatible with Internet Explorer. When the Internet Explorer user visits an … Read more

Latest Cumulative Update Direct Download for Windows 10

This post contains the most recent Windows 10 Latest Cumulative Update’s (LCU) direct download .msu/.cab links.

Latest Cumulative Update for v21H2, 21H1, 20H2 & v2004

January 11, 2022—KB5009543 (OS Builds 19042.1466, 19043.1466, and 19044.1466)
Applies to: version 2004, 20H2, 21H1, 21H2

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