How to Open Local Security Policy on Windows 11

The Local Security Policy in Windows contains all the essential information about the security of your computer device. In this post, we are going to demonstrate how to open and access Local Security Policy (LSP) on your Windows 11. 

Before we move forward, let us first have a quick overview of the Local Security Policy and what it does on our local computers.

Local Security Policy, also known as LSP, is a group of information about the security of a local computer. The primary users of Local Security Policy are usually the administrators who manage and administer security measures of the host computer.

Local Security Policy (LSP) contains the following:

  • The trusted domains for authentication of login attempts
  • User accounts that can access the system and how they can access through a service or network
  • Privileges of assigned accounts 
  • Security auditing policy

Now, let us continue to discuss how to open Local Security Policy on Windows 11.

The first way to open Local Security Policy on your device is by using “Windows Search”. For this process, the first step is to press on the “Windows Search” icon found in your taskbar area. Once this is done, type “local security policy” on the search bar. 

After that, the “Local Security Policy ” application shall pop up on the results. The last step is to click on the “Run as administrator” option on the right panel. 

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Using Run Prompt

To access “Local Security Policy” using Run prompt, you only need to follow three easy steps. 

First , press the “Win + R” key combination on your keyboard. Next, when the Run Dialogue box appears on your screen, type “secpol.msc”. And lastly, click “OK” or press the “Enter” key.

Using Control Panel

To access  Local Security Policy on the Control Panel, first, click on the “Window Search” icon. Then, type “Control Panel” on the search bar and click “Open” to launch the app.

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Next, switch to the “Small Icons” view on your Control Panel, then click on the “Windows Tools”. 

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Once you’ve gone over the previous steps, you will see “Local Security Policy”. Click that icon to open and continue.

Related: Windows Security Center Error on Windows 11

Using Windows File Explorer

To open Local Security Policy on your device using Windows File Explorer, you have to click first on the “Windows Search” icon, and type “file explorer” on the search bar. 

Once this is done, click “Open” on the right panel to launch the “File Explorer”. Then, type “secpol.msc” on the address bar. 

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Once that’s done, press the “Enter” key. 

Using Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell

You can either use Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell to open Local Security Policy (secpol.msc) on your computer. Here are the steps to do that:

For Command Prompt:

First step is to press the “Windows Search” icon. After that, type “command prompt” on the search bar. Lastly, click “Command Prompt” from the results to launch it. 

For PowerShell:

Click the “Windows Search” icon, then type “powershell” on the search bar. Next, open the “Windows PowerShell” on the results tab. Make sure to select “Run as administrator” upon opening the applications. And then, click “Yes” in the User Account Control that will prompt on your screen.

For both methods, once you’ve landed on the Command Prompt/Powershell window, type ‘secpol,’ then press the “Enter” key.

Using Windows Task Manager

You can also use Windows Task manager to open Local Security Policy on Windows 11.

To start, right-click on the “Start” menu icon. After this, click the “Task Manager” app. Then, click the “File” menu, and choose “Run new task”. 

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Once you’re in the “Create new task” window, type ‘secpol.msc’, and press the “Enter” key.

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Related: How to Turn On User Account Control on Windows 11

Using Local Group Policy Editor

Local Group Policy Editor is a Microsoft Management Console that provides a single-user interface through which Users can manage local Group Policy Objects.

To open Local Security Policy on Windows 11 using Local Group Policy editor, first, press the “Win + R” key combination. 

After that, on the dialogue box, type “gpedit.msc”. Once done, press the “Enter” key. 

Then, on the Local Group Policy window, navigate to this path: Computer Configuration\WindtoSettings\Security Settings.

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Using Desktop Shortcut

Desktop shortcut is another way to launch Local Security Policy on Windows 11.

To start, open “File Explorer” by pressing the “Windows + E” key combination on your keyboard or clicking on the “Windows” icon and searching for “File Explorer”. 

After that, navigate on the path of C:\Windows\System32. Once done, search for “secpol”. Then, right-click on it and press “Create shortcut”. This shortcut will appear on your desktop. 

To launch Local Security Policy editor, simply double-click on the shortcut.

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Managing your computer’s security policies is important, especially when online threats are evident and highly dangerous nowadays. These security policies will allow you to manage firewalls, policies, network traffic, applications, and others. Hopefully, this article helped you learn how to access and administer Local Security Policy on your personal computer. 

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to leave them down below.

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