I have Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2 64 bit and I have OU groups to apply policies like WSUS, deploying programs, etc. I had updated of administrative tools pack so I decide to install Windows Server 2003 R2 Administration Tools Pack (x64) after the installation I had problem when I tried to open policies from Active Directory Users and Computers right-click on OU then group policy try to edit on of the policies there is an

error message said

windows can not find 'gpedit.msc'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. to search for a file, click the start button, and click Search.

Another message said:

Failed to start the Group policy snapin. The gpedit.msc file may be missing, files with .msc extension mau not be associated with mmc.exe, or you may not have the appropriate rights.


The system cannot find the file specified.

How can I fix this error?

  • The error messages are very specific. What do you not understand about them? Have you checked to see if gpedit.msc is even on the computer? If it is it may simply be in the wrong location. Have you check the other things mentioned in the second message? Mar 28, 2011 at 12:06

1 Answer 1


Try installing the Microsoft Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) - it's far better than the built-in AD editor and provides such things as GP diagnostics and profiling:


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