Windows 7 - Group Policy Client service Problem: Can a corrupted/missing file be detected and replaced?

I have a problem with a recurring window for a Group Policy Client service failure to connect in my HP s5503 desktop computer in Windows 7 Home Premium x64.Regrettably, I cannot provide the actual window contents of the failure.
On checking the services.msc list, the Group Policy Client service entry was not started.  However, on checking its properties, the option to start the service was greyed out!  Hence, there appeared to be no way to start the service (probably a missing/corrupted file!).
I have tried the approaches to a solution as provided in the results of several Internet search results.  Some recommended a system restore approach, based on the likelihood of a Windows Update source of the problem. Regrettably, I did not try to fix the problem when it first occurred (since there did not appear to be any deleterious effects on performance).
Can anyone recommend an approach to the resolution of this vexing problem?
Thanks, in advance, for any assistance/advice.
Bruce MORRISColonel (Retired)Asked:
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Have you tried
Sfc /scannow

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
home editions of windows don't use group policy.  Group policy is for domains and a home version can't join a domain
Bruce MORRISColonel (Retired)Author Commented:
Thanks David.  If I do not need "Group Policy", how do I get rid of the annoying, but irrelevant, pop-up window each time I open my HP desktop?
For NVIT, I have not yet tried sfc / scannow, pending a response from David.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
I would have done the sfc /scannow a long time ago. You remind me of my secretary that had a drive fail on her computer (RAID 1) and the hit ESC to continue worked so she never mentioned it until the day the 2nd drive failed. (Steve Gibson of GRC and spinrite fame had a similar experience)
Bruce MORRISColonel (Retired)Author Commented:
I tried the sfc /scannow process several times on my Windows 7 Home Premium edition, but nothing appeared to happen!  I accept that the Group Policy Client service ought not to be required (given that a Home Premium version cannot deal with a "domain"), but I still need to know how to get rid of the offending pop-up message each time the Windows 7 system starts up!  
What has to be done to eliminate this recurring pop-up?
BTW, my wife's HP Desktop Windows 7 Home Premium (up-to-date with Windows Updates, and protected via an up-to-date NIS Anti-malware program) is working well otherwise.
Appreciatively, Arbyem
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Have you tried to reset local group policy to default? e.g.
Bruce MORRISColonel (Retired)Author Commented:
Since I have Windows 7 Home Premium, I cannot use any of the recommended processes (in the hotlink provided) to address my recurring pop-up problem. Any other possibilities for a resolution?
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
If these folders exist, delete them...

Bruce MORRISColonel (Retired)Author Commented:
Hi NVIT: The referenced two folders did exist, and I deleted each of them.  However, on re-booting the Windows 7 system, the same error pop-up appeared, as reported in previous postings.
Is there anything else that can possibly be done to eliminate those recurring error pop-ups?
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Two possible answers at the top per

The first by Kim Zhou fixes a faulty client side extension “Could not connect to Group Policy Client service. Please consult your system administrator.”

The second by SQL-ER mentions the GPSvcGroup registry key was affected.

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Bruce MORRISColonel (Retired)Author Commented:
Since I am not prepared to enter into the Registry-related possible solutions, I am closing this question.  I accept the fact of having to continue to ignore the recurring pop-up error message on start-up.
With apologies for the delays in responding to comments.
Appreciatively, Arbyem
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