Steps to Apply Group Policy to Only Non-Administrators in Windows 10, 8 And 7

Group Policy Editor is generally used to manage the working environment of user accounts & computer accounts. It allows you to configure various settings in Windows. Group Policy allows you centralized management & configuration of operating systems, users’ settings, applications in an Active Directory environment.

In other words, Group Policy defines and manages what the user can and can’t do on a Windows computer. But sometimes you might need to add specific policies such as restricting non-administrators to access a drive

To do that, you need to create a Snap-in to apply Group Policy to non-administrators only.

In this post, we will walk you through steps to apply Group Policy to only non-administrators in Windows 10, 8 and 7.

Note: Steps are the same for Windows 10, 8 and 7.  Also, these steps will not work on the Home edition of Windows.

Apply Group Policy To Non-Administrators Only In Windows 10, 8 And 7

To proceed, you need to login to Windows as admin as standard users don’t have full rights to access Group Policy objects.

The usual Group Policy Editor will not let you to make changes in policies to restrict non-administrators. Therefore, you need to form snap-in of local group policy from the Microsoft Management Console. Follow these steps to do so:

Step 1: Press Windows and R to get a Run window. Type MMC and hit Enter or click OK.

Windows 10 run command

Note: Type mmc in the search bar and click Microsoft Management Console.

Windows 10 policy

Step 2: Navigate to File, located at the top left corner and click “Add/Remove Snap-in”

Windows 10 group policy

You can also press Ctrl and M, together to get Add/Remove Snap-ins window.

Step 3: Locate and select Group Policy Object Editor from the left-hand side of the pane and click Add.

Windows 10 group ploicy to only administrators

Step 4: You will get Select Group Policy Object window. To choose all non-administrator accounts, click Browse button.

Windows 10 group policy wizard

Step 5: Click Users Tab and choose Non-Administrators under Local Users and Groups compatible with Local Group Policy. Click OK to confirm the action.

Windows 10 policy wizard

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Step 6: Now On Select Group Policy Object window, click Finish.

Windows 10 wizard

Step 7: Now you get Snap-in with custom settings is added, you must save this snap-in and use it anytime you want. To save it, locate File->Save As.

Windows policy

Step 8: You can save the snap-in to a preferred location and rename the Snap-in. Please ensure the Save As format is *.msc (Microsoft Management Console Files). Click Save to complete the task.

Windows 10 administrative tool

Step 9: Once done, you can start using this Snap-in or Console 1 in our case to apply changes in group policy settings to all users except administrators. To open it, you need to locate the Snap-in & double click it to run.

group policy Windows 10

Step 10: It will launch the Snap-in inside Microsoft Management Console.

Windows group policy only non administrators

It will work the same as usual Group Policy Editor, you need to locate the policy and double click it to make changes the policy settings.

These steps can be followed to make changes to policy settings to an individual user. You just have to replace non-administrators to a user in Step No.5.

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