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Published: August 23, 2013 | Applies to:

This will show you the way to fix "this snap-in may not be used with this edition of Windows" error for "Local Users & Groups Snap-in'' In Windows 8.1.

NOTE : This is applicable only for Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows.

Few days ago, we have shared the solution to the problem of “This app can’t open“, in which we’ve fixed the issue using Local Users and Groups window. Today, one of my reader mailed me that he tried this fix on Windows 8.1 but he was unable to follow the solution. The reason was not working of Local Users and Groups snap-in. When he try to access this snap-in, he received following error:

This snap-in may not be used with this edition of Windows.

See specifically : MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in might not have been installed correctly

So how to access Local Users and Groups snap-in then? Well, there exists a feasible way, using which you can add this snap-in again to the functionality of Windows. After doing so, the snap-in wont counter issues and works fine, here is how to make it working again:

FIX : This Snap-in May Not Be Used With This Edition Of Windows

1. First of all make sure that others snap-ins like Group Policy, Security Policy etc. are working. Then press Windows Key + R and put mmc.exe in Run dialog box, hit Enter.

2. This will take you to Management Console window. Click File -> Add/Remove Snap-in.

3. Moving on, in the following window, from the Available snap-ins section, select Local Users & Groups and click Add.

4. Finally in the Choose Target Machine window, click Finish.

This will add the Local Users & Groups Snap-in to Windows functionality and you can use it. You may close the Management Console window now and verify the results.

That’s it! Checkout what to do when you can’t modify values in Registry Editor.


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  • Following above, “This snap-in may not be used with this edition of Windows 8.1. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel.”

    As indicated by my results when following your instructions, I was of the opinion that the lusrmgr.msc snap-in was categorically disallowed in Home editions of Windows, and has been back to XP. In my opinion, this has been a long-term pain in the ass – as the only tangible reasons for me to purchase a Professional Windows version would be access to this snap-in and of course the Local Group Policy Editor. I’ve always found workarounds (registry mods, etc.) but it’s been quite an inconvenience and if someone could create a hack that would allow these two snap-ins to work in Home editions of Windows, I’d be in love.

  • I tried this fix and when I clicked finish it told me the same thing again.
    “This snap-in may not be used with this edition of Windows 8.1. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel.”
    Didn’t know how to check if group/security policies are working.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ This fix is for the users of Pro and Enterprise editions, for which this snap-in is available officially and doesn’t appears due to some misconfiguration.

  • This fix doesn’t work with Windows 7 Starter edition (and apparently other starter editions). This should be noted at the outset.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Obviously :)

  • I miss the local users and groups snapin in win8.1

  • or do it in the command line…

  • This “fix” does NOT work with Windows 8.1, non-pro and enterprise edition.

    The real fix is to either empty your wallet for those “better” versions, or format your hard-drive and install an actual working version of Windows 7. NEVER install 8 or 8.1. Wait for 10 as Windows 8 is the new Vista.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Added a note to the article.

  • Its Working,,,Thanx

  • Heya, I have gone into mmc and tried to add local computer, but keep getting this message “This snapin may not be used with this edition of Windows 8.1. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts tool in control panel.” What will I do?

  • @Heather

    Pls read the note at top. R u using pro or enterprise edition?

  • I normally use gnu/linux (for the last 20 years), and only now do I have to set up cygwin on a friends windows 8 computer (commodity hardware bought at walmart), and I encounter this problem. The only reason she needs windows is because she wants QQ (Chinese government approved spyware with closed protocol, so no “linux version”, which I advised her is a very, very bad idea, but a different topic). The fact that I can’t use this feature (Local Users and Groups) indicates once again that (unless one pays more money) this version of windows is cripple-ware. I wish people would abandon Windows altogether for a better and free software alternative.

  • , “This snap-in may not be used with this edition of Windows 8.1. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel.”

    how to fix this one please help me its emergency

  • , “This snap-in may not be used with this edition of Windows 8.1. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel.”

    can u help to solve this problem please

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Upgrade to Pro or Enterprise edition of Windows, if you’re on Home or any other basic edition.

  • this page didn’t answer the question at all, it said how to fix “[FIX] This Snap-in May Not Be Used With This Edition Of Windows” problem. Yet the answer above is for “How to add local users and group” problem.

  • Hi I have tried this however still getting the snap message and could not add the local user can you please help

    many thanks

  • The solution is not functional for 8.1, is there another way to fix this?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Make sure you’re not on Windows 8.1 Home or any other basic edition :)

  • And now you can all see why I prefer Linux operating systems. The user “NEVER” gets prevented from doing anything (Unless bloody Microsoft shit software is blocking you from installing – Which is partly why I’m here).

    All I want to do is shoehorn this overpriced, virus attracting, resource hungry, insecure bloatware called “Windows” off my hardware, so I can get around to installing a proper O.S that allows me to resume resume doing some “REAL” computing, and give me, the owner, full control back again! …But everytime I think of a solution to get this garbage called windows off, I come up against yet ANOTHER Microsoft hoop to jump through! …I should be charging them for my wasted time. They have no right to make it so hard for users to utilize their hardware the way they want to!

    On Principle, I will “NEVER EVER” intentionally utilize any of their products again – I won’t be bullied by corporate force

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