SOLVED! This Snapin May Not Be Used With This Edition Of Windows 10

Operating in versions less than Windows 10 Pro will make you face a problem like “this snapin may not be used with this edition of Windows 10” and you will have to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or later. Other recommended solutions include creating a new user account, performing a system restore, and making a repair upgrade. Need to learn how to put all these solutions into practice? No need to worry since this article is made for you.

The Usual Suspects

Windows 

To meet variable needs and requirements, Windows 10 comes in many editions like Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, etc. If your Windows version is not Windows 10 Pro, you cannot make certain changes including those that involve snap-ins. Thus, regarding the “this snapin may not be used with this edition of Windows 10” error, you should give Windows some thought. 

Software 

Usually, Windows users would install a wide range of software on their computers. At times, the software could come into conflict with each other and complicate a number of processes. Unable to change the snap-ins of your computer? Then it’s strongly recommended that you take software into account. 

Corruption

To perform to their full potential, Windows computers need the system files to be in top shape. 

 If system files become corrupted, it’s only natural that the operating system would go haywire. 

Approaches To The Situation

Upgrade

  • Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Update & Security then choose Activation.
  • Step 3: Navigate to Upgrade your edition of Windows then hit Go to the Store.
  • Step 4: Sign in to Microsoft Store using your Microsoft account then purchase Windows 10 Pro.
  • Step 5: Once you have completed the purchase, you should be prompted to install Windows 10 Pro.
  • Step 6: Restart your computer and you will be running on Windows 10 Pro. You can then proceed to change the snap-ins as you like. 

Create A New User Account 

If you have trouble applying changes to snap-in, you may want to use PowerShell to create a new user account.

  • Step 1: Type PowerShell in Search ar, right-click PowerShell and pick Run as administrator.
  • Step 2: In PowerShell (Admin), type $Password = Read-Host -AsSecureString then hit Enter. That command will store your password in the Password variable.
  • Step 3: Type your desired password then hit Enter.
  • Step 4: Run the command: New-LocalUser “NEW_ACCOUNT_NAME” -Password $Password -FullName “USER_FULL_NAME” -Description “DESCRIPTION”. Remember to replace “NEW_ACCOUNT_NAME” with your username and “DESCRIPTION” with the description of the account before hitting Enter.
  • Step 5: To add the new user account to the correct user group, type Add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “NEW_ACCOUNT_NAME”. Replace “Administrators” with the desired user group and “NEW_ACCOUNT_NAME” with your new username then hit Enter.

Take Advantage Of System Restore

  • Step 1: Press Windows + L to go to the Sign in screen.
  • Step 2: Click the power icon then press and hold the Shift key as you hit Restart. By doing so, you could reach Advanced Recovery Environment.
  • Step 3: Choose Troubleshoot then select Advanced options.
  • Step 4: Click System Restore then wait as Windows perform the restore. 
  • Step 5: Restart your computer then try using the Local Group Policy again.

Repair Upgrade

If all the above solutions failed to address the error, you will need to perform a clean reinstallation of Windows 10. Back up all the important data since the process will wipe out everything in the memory. 

  • Step 1: Launch your web browser then go to the Microsoft Software Download page.
  • Step 2: Scroll down to Create Windows 10 installation media and click the Download Tool Now button.
  • Step 3: The moment the download concludes, follow the installation prompts.
  • Step 4: Open Media Creation Tool, read the terms and conditions, check the ‘I accept the terms’ box then hit Accept.
  • Step 5: Pick Upgrade this PC now and click Next.
  • Step 6: Check the box beside Install Windows 10, uncheck Keep personal files and apps then click Install.
  • Step 7: Select the account you want to sign in with then accept the privacy terms.
  • Step 8: Sign in to your account then check if the error has been solved.

What Could Corrupt User Accounts?

There are many ways in which user accounts get corrupted: failed Windows updates, missing profile registry key, bad hard drive, etc. If you face a problem with your current account, you can try using another account. Also, determine whether your device has the latest Windows updates. Finally, if you like to fix corruption in the registry key, you can use the Registry Editor.

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + X then choose Command Prompt(Admin).
  • Step 2: Type wmic useraccount get domain,name,sid and hit Enter.
  • Step 3: Take note of the SID for the account with the corrupted profile.
  • Step 4: Press the Window key + R, type Regedit then hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • Step 5: Navigate to the directory: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  • Step 6: Under ProfileList, find any SID key you had noted in the Command Prompt, right-click it and hit Delete.
  • Step 7: Close Registry Editor then restart your computer.

How Can I Prevent Account Corruption?

To prevent your user account from corruption, you need to implement several preventative measures. For instance, you should regularly perform DISM and SFC scans. Aside from that, if possible, you must consider installing UPS (Uninterruptible Power Source) to protect your device from power outages. Lastly, you need to ensure that the Windows Defender is running all the time to keep out malware. 

Advice

  • Before reinstalling Windows, see to it that your device is properly activated.
  • Purchase Windows from genuine sites like Microsoft’s official site or other certified retailers.
  • Ensure your computer meets all Windows 10 Pro requirements before making an upgrade.

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