How to set up Google Credential Provider for Windows

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GCPW allows your Google Workspace users to log on to Windows 10 and 11 computers. This article describes the process of setting it up.


Requirements

Google Workspace

You'll need a supported version of Google Workspace:

  • Education Fundamentals
  • Education Standard
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade
  • Education Plus

If you want to use GCPW with Windows device management you'll need.

  • Education Standard
  • Education Plus

Windows

You'll need Windows Pro 10 or later, with Chrome (version 81 or later) already installed.

 

Google Workspace Admin

Log on your Admin console.

  1. Go to Devices > Mobile and endpoints > Settings > Windows.
    1. Expand the Google Credential Provider for Windows section.
    2. Click the Permitted domains section, and add your school domain (e.g. myschool.org).
    3. Expand the Download GCPW section.
    4. Click the Download GCPW (64-bit) button.
  2. Put the downloaded file somewhere you can access it easily.
  3. Click Done.

Note that the downloaded installation file has a unique Token which links it to your Google Workspace.

 

Install GCPW on Windows

Now you are ready to install GCPW on Windows 10 Pro (or later). I recommend that your target computer is not joined to a domain.

  1. Log on to your Windows computer with a local administrator account.
  2. Right-click on the previously downloaded .exe file, and choose Run as administrator.
    1. The installation typically takes less than a minute to complete.
  3. Restart the computer.
  4. Log on again with the local administrator account.
  5. Run Task Scheduler.
    1. Select Task Scheduler Library in the left pane.
    2. Right-click GoogleUpdateTaskMachineUA, and click Run.
  6. Restart the computer once more.

 

Logging on

On the login screen you should now see a new Google login button.

  1. The first time you login, click the Add work account button.
  2. Click the Submit button, next to Sign in with your work account.
  3. In the dialog box that appears, enter your email address.
  4. Enter your password, and click Next.
  5. Click the I agree button, to acknowledge that your account is being monitored in accordance with the school's privacy policy.
  6. A local Windows profile will now be created, with the Don't turn off your PC message on the screen.
  7. Enter your preferred settings (I recommend declining all services).

Once you've logged you might open the Chrome browser, and you'll find that you are automatically logged on with your Google Workspace user account. The next time you login, you'll just need to click your name (bottom-right).

 

Troubleshooting

I recently found that when I tried to install GCPW, I would see the On your marks screen briefly but then the installation would stop. The fix was as follows:

  1. Open Task Manager and stop the gupdate service if it's running.
  2. Open the File Explorer.
  3. Browse to Local Disk (C:) > Program Files(x86).
  4. Delete the Google folder.

I then attempted the installation once more and it worked without further issue.

 

Thanks for visiting,
Steven