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[Winaero] Microsoft locks some Group Policy options to Enterprise editions in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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Today, we surprisingly discovered that Microsoft has secretly changed the availability of some Group Policy options in Windows 10 version 1607. Windows 10 version 1607 "Anniversary Update" has reduced the control via Group Policy that you have in Pro edition. Pro edition users have lesser options available compared to version 1511, so many behaviors of the OS cannot be controlled.

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  • The ability to disable the Lock screen

  • Do not show Windows tips
The same applies to the Group Policy "Do not show Windows tips" which could be used to disable help tips and introductory toast notifications in Windows 10. These can get very annoying for experienced users.

  • Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences
Using this option, you could prevent Windows 10 from automatically downloading and installing promoted apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipper, Twitter, NetFlix, Pandora, MSN News and many other potentially unwanted apps and games.


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You read it right, the Pro version of Windows 10 is going to be dumbed down, neutered, forcefully ad-injected, all in all, made unfit for professional use or for anybody who still had the illusion that the Pro version would shelter them from the more inane things that the Home version forces on people. Tips in general (remember the Edge instead of Chrome notification?), tips on the lock screen (aka as ads, that's what they've used if for since the beginning), and all the microtransaction ad-filled crapware like Candy Crush Soda Saga that you could prevent from installing, not anymore.
Edited by tpi2007 - 7/29/16 at 12:38pm
 
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Well, that seals the deal for me. I'm never, repeat NEVER installing Windows 10. The profanity I could use right now to express how this makes me feel would probably get me banned from here.

 

Y'know, I was honestly considering trying it out yesterday - but not anymore. This is the last straw. My camel's back is now broken and I'm just walking away. Forget Microsoft. Windows 10 looks to me like it would irritate the living hell out of me every day - and I live at my computer. So, I can't have that.

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Good thing I saw this on my fresh install of Solus. Now I can be protected from the evil microsoft masterminds!wink.gif
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Today, we surprisingly discovered that Microsoft has secretly changed the availability of some Group Policy options in Windows 10 version 1607. Windows 10 version 1607 "Anniversary Update" has reduced the control via Group Policy that you have in Pro edition. Pro edition users have lesser options available compared to version 1511, so many behaviors of the OS cannot be controlled.

Quote:
  • The ability to disable the Lock screen

  • Do not show Windows tips
The same applies to the Group Policy "Do not show Windows tips" which could be used to disable help tips and introductory toast notifications in Windows 10. These can get very annoying for experienced users.

  • Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences
Using this option, you could prevent Windows 10 from automatically downloading and installing promoted apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipper, Twitter, NetFlix, Pandora, MSN News and many other potentially unwanted apps and games.


Source.


You read it right, the Pro version of Windows 10 is going to be dumbed down, neutered, forcefully ad-injected, all in all, made unfit for professional use or for anybody who still had the illusion that the Pro version would shelter them from the more inane things that the Home version forces on people. Tips in general (remember the Edge instead of Chrome notification?), tips on the lock screen (aka as ads, that's what they've used if for since the beginning), and all the microtransaction ad-filled crapware like Candy Crush Soda Saga that you could prevent from installing, not anymore.

Maybe upgrading to W10 isn't the smartest thing to do after all?

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So basically, Pro is being marketed to "pro" home users instead of business, and enterprise is for business. WOW. Trying to get busniess' into a perpetual subscription.
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I had Windows 10 installed for a few weeks. I went back to 8.1 yesterday.

There really is no point for me to use 10. I'm not a "gamer" and I couldn't care less about what version of directx my computer has. The few games that will actually use DirectX 12, will likely be derivative AAA trash anyway.

 
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The ability to disable the Lock screen

Oh fer...

What do operating systems these days have against making me flip past a screen before I can input my password? There is not a single thing that this accomplishes other than adding an extra input.
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Well MS did say they were going to copy the way Apple does things.
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I think it's time to upgrade my Windows install back to 7, since it doesn't look like MS will stop stripping control from the user. If this keeps going on Windows will end up more locked down than OS X/MacOS with none of the benifits.
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Maybe upgrading to W10 isn't the smartest thing to do after all?
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