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Allows you to specify which users or groups can run particular applications in your organization based on unique identities of files. Windows AppLocker. BranchCache copies content from your main office or hosted cloud content servers and caches the content at branch office locations, allowing client computers at branch offices to access the content locally rather than over the WAN.

BranchCache Client Configuration. Credential Guard uses virtualization-based security to isolate secrets so that only privileged system software can access them. DirectAccess allows connectivity to organizational network resources without the need for traditional virtual private network VPN connections. Configure the DirectAccess Infrastructure.

Device Guard is a combination of enterprise-related hardware and software security features that, when configured together, will lock a device down so that it can only run trusted applications that you define in your code integrity policies. Device Guard deployment guide. This setting allows you to force a specific default lock screen image by entering the path location of the image file. Windows spotlight on the lock screen. Update: Readers reported that this feature works in Windows 10 Pro even though Microsoft advertises this functionality for Windows 10 Enterprise.

Submit and view feedback for This product This page. View all page feedback. In this article. For more info, see Windows spotlight on the lock screen. John, just out of curiosity, what OS are you using? I have Win 7 Ultimate running on laptop since last three years and I have been quite satisfied by the way it has worked all along.

Do you think upgrading to Win 10 Pro would be a good choice? I just have a few hours to decide on this before the free upgrade ends. Sandeep: I still use Win7 Pro and will use it until MS no longer supports it with security updates in I also use Linux Mint for day to day computing.

From their perspective, they will not yet support it. Most of us sane techies in my dept want nothing to do with windows 10 at the moment and the head of IT is pro open-source so there is hope we can avoid this mess. But Windows10 is free, right? There are a few reasons why it is, none of them to our advantage… I beleive Martin has written at least 2 articles recently on the pros and cons of upgrading.

I suggest you give them a read; might help you make a more enlightened decision. There is an app. You fix this by picking the highest priced SKU and use that for home use.

This is MS hater central. Literally a hornets nest of people who despise MS and post hundreds of times with the goal of getting others to despise them too.

There are many places that love them too — the truth as always is somewhere in the middle. However havens for fan boys and haters are probably not a good place for unbiased info. If they do something marvelous, they get praised. Calling somebody a fanboy is so stupid, grow up. Apple has their own closed-source operating system. What Microsoft is doing now, they can just as easily start doing later.

And Apple does not do that? So frankly Windows was and is your best workable option. Apple does all the same stuff on MacOS, but Apple allows the user to opt out. The only way to disable Win10 telemetry is to run a 3rd party program like Shutup10 or hack through the registry and task scheduler yourself. This is bait and switch pure and simple. I got PRO, and have had features continually removed. If you flood their phone lines, they start to worry.

This means a lot of work to get things on the rails again, the way we want it. We will see next week , really do hope things are not so bad as they seem and we can still use our machine in the way we like to use it. Or else have to use an old backup of Win7……….

I wonder how much of this crap I can block with firewall rules. So if I move to Mint I will give up a few programs I like. I could set up a dedicated machine for W10 and never connect to the internet. Just use sneaker net to move files around.

Or dual boot and just disable network connections. I could at least use the programs. I could download updates to those programs via Mint and move them across on a flash drive.

This Windows 10 thing is really a disappointment. Someone mentioned Apple. Do they attempt to do the kinds of things MS does? I just want to avoid marketing, monitoring and not having applications shoved down my throat.

How about third party tools like DWS or Shutup10 do they still work at tackling privacy problems? I hope that removing store, cortana and metro apps are still possible. Anyway, I plan to use Windows only as a gaming platform. True, but DWS or Shutup10 can and will probably be updated, accordingly. It may have to turn into a monthly thing when the next updates come.

Again: you agreed to the worst EULA in history, blame yourself. Windows 10 is the biggest scam ever. Open your eyes already! Linux is looking more appealing by the day despite some of the major downsides. In general, i quite like windows, except, then MS pushes out these completely stupid policies and decisions. Home is dead, ok, Pro is dead, ok.

The Enterprise is on the road, ok. Martin can resist to all, ok. But remember not to offend our Prophet, we need him to keep one step ahead. I would have to agree with this comment.

It seems inevitable. Windows is just a toy to play with! Linux has most everything you need to accomplish the things that the private sector or business sector needs. Almost all business and major corporations use a Unix base system anyway. All this bickering and putting down MS is pretty much useless! The only limit is when there is software that only works on Windows. Some things do work better with windows but the capabilities of linux are there, they just need to be utilized.

Windows offers a fairly robust system for the average user. The only thing that needs to be done is to learn how to use computers and not rely on others to do the work for you. We are a push button society and people want easy! You have to get out there and and make things work for your own benefit!

So the hype about MS or Apple being the only choice for a robust system is false. Linux is just as robust if you ask me. You just need to learn how to use it! Windows is usually best for games and Photoshop etc. Take your Windows 10, free upgrade and all, and shove it up Microsoft. I have always believed we should play with whatever toys are out there. WINE may help when it comes to weaning us from a Windows-only profile. It runs a bunch of Windows applications in Linux.

So we had to endure two years of updating Windows 7 to Windows Finally things in Windows 10 are beginning to work almost as well as they did in 8. This is about a Pro version that is used in Businesses.

Now all of my users that I have Upgraded to 10 , will be able to install whatever they like from the Store, see all the Candy Crush Saga crap, because I cannot disable it using Group Policy. There should indeed be one GP object to simply switch these off — what is the point otherwise of having Pro I do know Pro does have more fine grained ACLS etc and can join a domain which home cannot.

To those who say they will move to Apple or Linux — this may be possible if you only require email, Internet and an office suite but realistically for line of business applications Windows is where it is at. Packages like payroll, the popular accounting packages such as Sage which deals with e.

Seems MS is still working very hard to disgust even the last fanboy. Also seems they will be successful. Time to sell the shares?? This is just another change that makes me glad I refused to let W10 force me to upgrade from w7 Pro.! One off the top, Direct Access… Move along nothing to see here. Only through corporate accounts and corporate sales will you see Enterprise sales.

Excellent decision! At this point, I want to see Microsoft do as much harm as possible to anyone who still uses this disgusting and dictatorial operating system… which feels more and more like the OS computers would use in a dystopian future of sorts. John in Mtl Yes, you can get the Win 10 Enterprise. If there is no other way, you can download it from torrent and file sharing sites. I have run across clean pirated versions of windows in my career, and even used some of them for a while.

Would I buy Win 10 in its current incarnation? Only if I had no choice but to use it. Thankfully there are still viable alternatives at the moment.

The only other trick is to grab that very useful little Toolkit we all know about from the forums in which it springs its digital life! When will this myth die? I suggest everyone on Pro to disable WUM service and anything else that has to do with it for the time being. I actually knew this was coming Win 10 was far too perfect right now. The next step will be an upgrade that turns Windows 10 into software as a service and if you do not pay up by a certain date, the following upgrade that you cannot stop will really turn off features.

Linux us useless for a whole load of things, and simply cannot be used in many other situations due to instability, lack of functionality or simply incompatibility.

But for some, it is a viable alternative. I paid for it. This shit is just as terrible as the retarded Home edition. Reinstalling 7 is looking better and better. Hmm, guess I will make my desktop a win 10 pro not connected to the internet gaming box and make my laptops manjaro. Because I see this as the start of more bad decisions that will piss me off a lot. You all shall be integrated whether you like it or not…. SPYNET 10 gonna see and listen to what you do or not so be aware, there are eyes and ears around you.

And they wonder why people pirate windows. If Server is not advertising botnet-status then I may pirate that. This is absolutely absurd. If they want to phase Pro out as a business OS, that is perfectly fine. Give us the heads up, let us plan for it, help us migrate… But to bit by bit remove features currently available in Pro so as to annoy us into spending money on Enterprise upgrades?

That is just under handed. It shows a contempt for the customer and a disregard for those of us who have been faithful Microsoft shops and running Pro for the past decade or more.

I run Win10 Pro as a VM. Windows 10 is the chant of the siren. I finally upgraded an unused year-old new laptop from 8. Think what opportunities this opens for third party app developers. As windows wont allow you to do things anymore that you were used to do before. The Chinese and Russians are going to have a field day! They are going to tear this system to shreds! What annoys people the most is the loose of control, and they can go to any length to get it back. Other people will disable MS update all together, as they will be scared to loose even more functionality.

THEN, after a update, the functionality mysteriously reappeared. There are just 4 things that you wont be able to manage, and they are mentioned above. However, I cant see how the other two are any issue.

Do you really believe they will stop with only those 4 settings? I have a bridge to sell you if you do. To compete with and hopefully steal users from the other two OSes, thereby leveraging all the desktop windows users into a Microsoft mobile ecosphere, and eventually making MS a lot of money. Get used to it if you have Win10 as your main OS. My other two computers are Win7 only and will stay that way for the foreseeable future.

I have to agree here. I have used Linux almost exclusively for about 7 yrs. I have tried all the major flavors. Once i found Ubuntu I have stuck with it. I like Mint too! Linux can be customized just about any way you need it to be. You just need to learn how! As I have mentioned in a comment earlier, Windows is just a toy to play with. Just like Linux use to be! This is really bad stuff from Microsoft. Anyone knows if at least the underlying Registry entries will still work so that we can still use the registry editor to turn off the junk?

The reg keys are gone or ineffective if created. Thanks for answering. I indeed missed that point and thought it was only about removing the configuration possibility from the policy editor. Well, even worse then. I think you misunderstand about the RTM. RTM means what it says. The term RTM is used by nearly all hardware and software companies. The obvious reason being that all previous releases were Alpha or Beta and afaik were not classed as RTM.

Please refrain from using the sort of obscenities which you directed at Corky in a previous blog for no obvious reason other than the fact you disagreed with the post. Otherwise, MS is just pushing more users to piracy willingly so? We will see no later than August 2. Sure, there is a chance, and another that Microsoft pulls the change. Just checked George in the Anniversary Update version that was released today.

The limitations are in place there as well. Thanks Martin. I have to say, making these changes just a few days before release, displays quite an increased amount of sneakiness.

But, do we know if the underlying registry settings are still there or can be created as the one you pointed out previously to disable Cortana?

As far as I know, if the policy does not apply to a certain edition of Windows, setting the Registry does not work either. This is going to be a rough pill to swallow for any company that already made the leap of faith with purchased Win 10 Pro licenses.

Previously you could not disable all telemetry stuff without Enterprise. I would change to Linux but for a technical moron like me it is still too technical.

I am failing miserably with the firsts steps, for example partitioning the harddrive. And the help I can find on the net is even more confusing for me. At this time I am running Win8. In my opinion if Linux wants to take advantage of the MS Win10 desaster they will have to become more enduser friendly.

Not everybody is a computer wizard or has the time to fiddle hours and hours to find things out. I know Linux has come a long way and the people behind it and their distros have done some excellent work. Still, please try to make it more idiot proof and take out the geek effect.

No, I am not too lazy to learn a new system. But as mentioned before I am a technical moron and need more help and guidance and less confusion from the Linux distros. Windows 10 is not an option for me. Put on top of that their lousy and perfidious update schemes. I think I am keeping my so highly criticized Win8. But I will always keep an eye on Linux.

I agree the average user will be put off rightly so when it comes to partitioning the drive — a mistake could be disastrous. Having said that how many average users would do a Windows clean install? Maybe there is an opening here for small IT contractors , installing Linux and setting up the basics for users.

I use Linux at home and it is fine for average browsing, email , office package etc. Which Distro did you try? I tried Ubuntu and Mint and wanted it on my computer to double boot. I failed badly with the partitioning and the help I could find on the web was more confusing than anything else. Maybe I will try again. Thank you for your post. Which distribution of Linux did you try? There are many how-to guides to do this. I see far too many Linux fans downplay the technical parts.

And I see too many non-fans make sweeping statements because they tried one of the distributions for 10 minutes back in Its philosophy does not make it a good general desktop choice.

Arguably the most used desktop distribution. MINT is based off Ubuntu. Much less core work than Ubuntu from Debian. Mostly a more Windows-like UI and some user friendly tweaks. Also, I do not game at all. The privacy issues were the final straw so now I run Windows in a virtual machine on my Linux desktop for the rare occasion I need to test something.

Hello, thank you for your reply. Please look at my post Gezzer. Quite a while ago I had Ubuntu So right now I am not fiddling around with my harddrive. Maybe in the future there will be another working Wubi. Anyways, thank you for your help. Just add the new hard drive, and use that one for Linux my preference is Linux Mint. Get a Live Ubuntu disk and play with it. It will run a little slower than if it were on the hdd but a very fully functional OS!

You can use it to access windows and even fix windows! Then get another hdd and duel boot. Even if you create a problem, it can be fixed. Backups are still essential — for Windows and Linux. OK, this is hilarious. In addition to small and medium businesses, Windows 10 Pro devices would be a good choice for organizations supporting CYOD programs.

Their link does say you can disable third party apps in Pro. I noticed that distinction too. It will be interesting to see how this would work — at least the third party stuff could be banished.

Still really should be able though to switch off anything store related. This whole thing looks to me like backsliding to what Win8 was so heavily criticised for i. I just bought the Pro version for the gpedit functionality, this silly step by Microsoft totally breaks my trust in this OS and the company behind.

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The change prevents Windows 10 Pro users from enabling the policy to block third-party application installations or links. Windows 10 may show tips to the user of the operating system that explain how to use Windows 10, or how to use certain features of the operating system. One option to at least limit the tips is to set the Telemetry level to Basic or below. The lock screen displays information such as a clock or notifications to the user of the operating system.

The policy “do not display the lock screen” allowed you to turn the lock screen off so that the logon screen is displayed right away. Similarly, “Prevent changing log screen and logon image” and”Force a specific default lock screen and logon image” are also no longer available on Windows 10 Pro devices.

The policy allows you to disable all applications from Windows Store. It blocks the launching of all store apps that came pre-installed or were downloaded before the policy was set. Also, it will turn of Windows Store. The setting applies only to Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10 once the Anniversary Update is installed.

The changes take away functionality that was previously a part of the Windows 10 Pro edition. It is without doubt an annoyance, considering that Pro users have no option anymore to disable third-party applications, links or Store apps in general on Windows 10 once the Anniversary Update is installed. Considering that many Pro users won’t be able to get Enterprise or Education versions of Windows 10, it is anything but customer friendly.

Now You : What’s your take on the removal? Thanks Sergey. I got rid of the app store and all the apps. I am an Insider, for me this was the case with every single build update.

I had to delete them all every few weeks or so, so expect the Office Trial offer back coming to a pc near you! We need to stop them from doing this. People pay a premium for Win 10 Pro which is a higher cost than Home. We should all ask for a discounted price since the premium we paid for a Win 10 Pro version is no longer a Pro version but a HOME version. It is especially devastating for IT Technicians to work with this update.

More so the entrepreneurs, who work in residential client support roles. When my windows 7 stops working, Microsoft is going in the toilet. No way on Earth will I give money to greedy corporate fascists. It co-exists with Windows on the same machine and both can even use the same email and browser software, software that is not from Microsoft. I found it pretty easy to use. The OS is free; the programs are almost all free; the support is adequate. I mentioned ghacks. What was your source for this information Martin?

They told me that they could not confirm this info on any Microsoft web site big surprise. I asked them if they could make an exception to give me One Enterprise license.

Wishful thinking on my part. I would like the enhanced security of Enterprise. I asked them what the big deal is in selling One Enterprise license, they could make a lot of money. Pro business users should have access to this version.

You have to buy a 5 license pack. No thanks. I also told them that for Pro users I can see Critical updates being forced but everything else should be optional for Windows Update. Glad I also have Win 7 Pro Retail. Just an update on my previous post. There is no real interest in this solution as no one has responded positively, but I just thought I would give everyone a run down of my experience….

First thing you need to do is make an image backup of your OS, then its risk free. In the article the person says it was done in just under 20min. It was done on my system with an SSD in about 2min. Its great to be able to play around with this. Everything stays intact just the way you had it with Win 10 Pro.

I also made a image backup of my now new Enterprise Edition. I have since restored my previous Win 10 Pro install.

I will be downloading the new Win 10 Pro Aug. Going to do a Clean Install of …. If I can not set up the way I like then I may consider doing that upgrade to Enterprise again. If you really want full control of your system then a Firewall that blocks outgoing traffic is a must have. Good luck to all of you on Aug.

Some of the most popular articles on this site have little or even no user comments. Keep it up, every contribution that adds to the topic is welcome. On our living room computer we used it as a guinea pig for the Windows 10 when it was brand new and it actually worked the first time a lot better then it does now.

Windows 10 and CD-Roms do not mix. Only Big Fish games seem to work and some Pop Cap Games such as Vacation Quest and San Francisco but you have to adjust the text size or it will show really tiny like being on a smart phone. No way this will stay as is. We have both Enterprise and Pro version of OS here all due to MS own stupid license upgrade path from the Vista era and there is no way we will accept to deal with the annoyances that the removed policies prevented. WOW, this is outrageous.

They can do with it whatever they want, not what you want. You still own your computer hardware, and you never owned the OS, you owned a license to use the OS. Big difference. A software license is ownership of an instance of the software, which is non-reproduceable, but which is transferable, and which retains full property-rights over that instance of the software which means a person may modify their particular instance as they see fit.

The IP of the software belongs to its owner, Microsoft, but the instances of the software to which people possess licenses belong to the people who hold those licenses.

Windows is licensed, but when a person owns a license, they possess full rights over a single non-reproduceable instance of that software. Not literally but figuratively. They are like lemmings rushing to follow the leader off a cliff. So, their thinking goes … if so many others are doing it then it must be good, right? Ghacks, TechViews. My thoughts exactly. I paid for Pro simply to address the issue of Windows Updates being installed without warning during system backups and when shutting down my system.

When this happened I was insecure about using the backup, and always wondered if my PC would startup without error. My hope is Microsoft will come to their senses and add back GPO to Pro, but until they do I have regressed to build I will install only security fixes, no Windows upgrades.

I was also having trouble awakening my PC from sleep mode since the Anniversary upgrade. Now that I am back at , it awakens instantly. Maybe unrelated, maybe not. You can now set Active Hours for the times you schedule your backups to run. Of course, you could have always just proactively installed the updates before starting your backups so there would be no updates left to install while the backup were running. I still not understand the decision to make several OS version instead of making ONE that opt-in only the things what the user needs and let the other crap out which we not want.

It would be so easy to make an installer like this. I not say that the entire OS system suck because of it but it would really easy to improve such things and everyone would be happy, especially power users like us. I hope this not means they want to kill it in general like the old classical control panel [which I prefer]. Some wrong decision can really ruin a good product. Microsoft probably assumes anyone with a reason to use Pro is running a business.

They want them to upgrade to Enterprise, and I would not be surprised to see a bit of marketing repackaging for that in the near future. Microsoft does not want people running Pro simply to avoid being a revenue generator for them.

By making Pro seriously less attractive, they hope to push businesses to Enterprise and everyone else to Home. That is the only reason for the editions. There is no other reason. Higher price gets you less crippled os, or sometimes more cripled and more bloated. I mean, you will get heavier discounts the less you buy, the more you buy the more you end up paying. I think this might actually be that many of those policies never worked correctly in any edition anyways and break updates or worse on others.

You must just have bad luck. No one has reported the same issues you are describing although I did have a couple issues with the start menu not opening when I wanted it to sometimes for a few weeks until an update fixed it.

Mom had three updates on her PC but only two actually were for computers. Third one thought she was a smart phone user and it wanted to apply anyways.

Mom has Linux Mint 18 the new one on duel boot for online use and Windows 10 offline games and other uses. Linux games do not do well and most of them are no better then Android games like Candy Crush or stupid games like that. Not even hidden object games. Microsoft was always evil. They were an abusive monopoly that had to be stopped by the Department of Justice and international courts. Microsoft never listens to customers if it goes against Microsoft marketing agendas.

The app store and Windows mobile is a complete failure so now Microsoft wants to shovel this garbage onto the desktop in the delusional hope they could harass users enough into using it.

This malevolent company does not stop until it is forced to stop. Time for yet another lawsuit against these lunatics. Dont forger that bill gates is the biggest share holder of Monsanto and a member of depopulation agenda , so yes Microsoft is as evil as Monsanto.

Well, since Google and Apple started, Microsoft just does the same. So, blame the general public. Those companies react on the general public. Scrapped, blocked — and of course just out of friendliness, just to protect us, the users, against our own silly irresponsible mistakes.

According to the article regedit and gpedit are still there, just a few things missing to disable consumer based items on consumer SKUs so that Microsoft can keep them enabled. That is until MS changes the rules of the game again.

The difference is that a few items cannot be edited in pro versions anymore. And by the way you can still remove Cortana if you want. It just takes some more intelligence. Henk van Setten. They care about fast. They care about new. The rest of us will have to look elsewhere for an OS when our 7s and XPs die. O Wow. But the option is gone, yes. Not too surprised considering how Microsoft is changing. Hell, I feel like we have been losing customization options since the release of Vista.

Now that so many took advantage of the free upgrade and are tied to windows 10, they remove many of the features. What a mandate they must have to turn W10 into a privacy leaking, crap selling machine for Microsoft and the NSA. I wasnt suprised. Lo and behold,it did happen. Gary D, or maybe you should stop exaggerating things more than they actually are. Did they block Pro users from using regedit or gpedit for other things?

Andrew, You do understand right how Group Policy works? Andrew, please stop posting as a Microsoft apologist and misinterpreting other peoples posts. That is known as putting spin on comments and trying to bury bad news. I did NOT clamour. If so, please point me in the section that states that because I might have missed that.

With Windows 10, Microsoft has turned into a bunch of demented dictators, who believe they own every computer on the planet and respond to no one. This is the risk of using closed-source software, especially operating systems. Windows is a sinking ship, the moment this abomination of an OS came out… abandon while you still can everyone! Nobody cares except some. Linux on desktop has hardly started sailing. FYI, I disabled updates because of full system encryption: minor updates work but Windows ver updates fail and break important system drivers every time an update is attempted at restart.

Only options are to schedule a decrypt and update, or turn off updates. Since no updates have overtly contained important security fixes there is no reason to go through the trouble of decrypting and updating. Again, savvy coders will have to devote some time to make a small program, errr, app; to give us back some control. The eternal game of cat and mouse…. John, just out of curiosity, what OS are you using? I have Win 7 Ultimate running on laptop since last three years and I have been quite satisfied by the way it has worked all along.

Do you think upgrading to Win 10 Pro would be a good choice? I just have a few hours to decide on this before the free upgrade ends. Sandeep: I still use Win7 Pro and will use it until MS no longer supports it with security updates in I also use Linux Mint for day to day computing.

From their perspective, they will not yet support it. Most of us sane techies in my dept want nothing to do with windows 10 at the moment and the head of IT is pro open-source so there is hope we can avoid this mess. But Windows10 is free, right? There are a few reasons why it is, none of them to our advantage… I beleive Martin has written at least 2 articles recently on the pros and cons of upgrading.

I suggest you give them a read; might help you make a more enlightened decision. There is an app. You fix this by picking the highest priced SKU and use that for home use. This is MS hater central. Literally a hornets nest of people who despise MS and post hundreds of times with the goal of getting others to despise them too.

There are many places that love them too — the truth as always is somewhere in the middle. However havens for fan boys and haters are probably not a good place for unbiased info. If they do something marvelous, they get praised. Calling somebody a fanboy is so stupid, grow up. Apple has their own closed-source operating system. What Microsoft is doing now, they can just as easily start doing later. And Apple does not do that? So frankly Windows was and is your best workable option.

Apple does all the same stuff on MacOS, but Apple allows the user to opt out. The only way to disable Win10 telemetry is to run a 3rd party program like Shutup10 or hack through the registry and task scheduler yourself. This is bait and switch pure and simple. I got PRO, and have had features continually removed. If you flood their phone lines, they start to worry.

This means a lot of work to get things on the rails again, the way we want it. We will see next week , really do hope things are not so bad as they seem and we can still use our machine in the way we like to use it.

Or else have to use an old backup of Win7………. I wonder how much of this crap I can block with firewall rules. So if I move to Mint I will give up a few programs I like. I could set up a dedicated machine for W10 and never connect to the internet.

Just use sneaker net to move files around. Or dual boot and just disable network connections. I could at least use the programs.

I could download updates to those programs via Mint and move them across on a flash drive. This Windows 10 thing is really a disappointment. Someone mentioned Apple. Do they attempt to do the kinds of things MS does? I just want to avoid marketing, monitoring and not having applications shoved down my throat. How about third party tools like DWS or Shutup10 do they still work at tackling privacy problems? I hope that removing store, cortana and metro apps are still possible.

Anyway, I plan to use Windows only as a gaming platform. True, but DWS or Shutup10 can and will probably be updated, accordingly. It may have to turn into a monthly thing when the next updates come. Again: you agreed to the worst EULA in history, blame yourself. Windows 10 is the biggest scam ever. Open your eyes already! Linux is looking more appealing by the day despite some of the major downsides. In general, i quite like windows, except, then MS pushes out these completely stupid policies and decisions.

Home is dead, ok, Pro is dead, ok. The Enterprise is on the road, ok. Martin can resist to all, ok. But remember not to offend our Prophet, we need him to keep one step ahead. I would have to agree with this comment. It seems inevitable. Windows is just a toy to play with! Linux has most everything you need to accomplish the things that the private sector or business sector needs. Almost all business and major corporations use a Unix base system anyway.

All this bickering and putting down MS is pretty much useless! The only limit is when there is software that only works on Windows. Some things do work better with windows but the capabilities of linux are there, they just need to be utilized. Windows offers a fairly robust system for the average user. The only thing that needs to be done is to learn how to use computers and not rely on others to do the work for you.

We are a push button society and people want easy! You have to get out there and and make things work for your own benefit! So the hype about MS or Apple being the only choice for a robust system is false.

Linux is just as robust if you ask me. You just need to learn how to use it! Windows is usually best for games and Photoshop etc. Take your Windows 10, free upgrade and all, and shove it up Microsoft. I have always believed we should play with whatever toys are out there. WINE may help when it comes to weaning us from a Windows-only profile. It runs a bunch of Windows applications in Linux. So we had to endure two years of updating Windows 7 to Windows Finally things in Windows 10 are beginning to work almost as well as they did in 8.

This is about a Pro version that is used in Businesses. Now all of my users that I have Upgraded to 10 , will be able to install whatever they like from the Store, see all the Candy Crush Saga crap, because I cannot disable it using Group Policy. There should indeed be one GP object to simply switch these off — what is the point otherwise of having Pro I do know Pro does have more fine grained ACLS etc and can join a domain which home cannot.

To those who say they will move to Apple or Linux — this may be possible if you only require email, Internet and an office suite but realistically for line of business applications Windows is where it is at.

Packages like payroll, the popular accounting packages such as Sage which deals with e. Seems MS is still working very hard to disgust even the last fanboy. Also seems they will be successful. Time to sell the shares?? This is just another change that makes me glad I refused to let W10 force me to upgrade from w7 Pro.!

One off the top, Direct Access… Move along nothing to see here. Only through corporate accounts and corporate sales will you see Enterprise sales. Excellent decision! At this point, I want to see Microsoft do as much harm as possible to anyone who still uses this disgusting and dictatorial operating system… which feels more and more like the OS computers would use in a dystopian future of sorts.

John in Mtl Yes, you can get the Win 10 Enterprise. If there is no other way, you can download it from torrent and file sharing sites. I have run across clean pirated versions of windows in my career, and even used some of them for a while. Would I buy Win 10 in its current incarnation? Only if I had no choice but to use it. Thankfully there are still viable alternatives at the moment. The only other trick is to grab that very useful little Toolkit we all know about from the forums in which it springs its digital life!

When will this myth die? I suggest everyone on Pro to disable WUM service and anything else that has to do with it for the time being.

I actually knew this was coming Win 10 was far too perfect right now. The next step will be an upgrade that turns Windows 10 into software as a service and if you do not pay up by a certain date, the following upgrade that you cannot stop will really turn off features. Linux us useless for a whole load of things, and simply cannot be used in many other situations due to instability, lack of functionality or simply incompatibility.

But for some, it is a viable alternative. I paid for it. This shit is just as terrible as the retarded Home edition. Reinstalling 7 is looking better and better. Hmm, guess I will make my desktop a win 10 pro not connected to the internet gaming box and make my laptops manjaro. Because I see this as the start of more bad decisions that will piss me off a lot.

You all shall be integrated whether you like it or not…. SPYNET 10 gonna see and listen to what you do or not so be aware, there are eyes and ears around you.

And they wonder why people pirate windows. If Server is not advertising botnet-status then I may pirate that. This is absolutely absurd. If they want to phase Pro out as a business OS, that is perfectly fine. Give us the heads up, let us plan for it, help us migrate… But to bit by bit remove features currently available in Pro so as to annoy us into spending money on Enterprise upgrades?

That is just under handed. It shows a contempt for the customer and a disregard for those of us who have been faithful Microsoft shops and running Pro for the past decade or more. I run Win10 Pro as a VM.

Windows 10 is the chant of the siren. I finally upgraded an unused year-old new laptop from 8. Think what opportunities this opens for third party app developers. As windows wont allow you to do things anymore that you were used to do before. The Chinese and Russians are going to have a field day! They are going to tear this system to shreds! What annoys people the most is the loose of control, and they can go to any length to get it back.

Other people will disable MS update all together, as they will be scared to loose even more functionality. THEN, after a update, the functionality mysteriously reappeared. There are just 4 things that you wont be able to manage, and they are mentioned above. However, I cant see how the other two are any issue. Do you really believe they will stop with only those 4 settings?

I have a bridge to sell you if you do. To compete with and hopefully steal users from the other two OSes, thereby leveraging all the desktop windows users into a Microsoft mobile ecosphere, and eventually making MS a lot of money. Get used to it if you have Win10 as your main OS. My other two computers are Win7 only and will stay that way for the foreseeable future. I have to agree here.

I have used Linux almost exclusively for about 7 yrs. I have tried all the major flavors. Once i found Ubuntu I have stuck with it.

I like Mint too! Linux can be customized just about any way you need it to be. You just need to learn how! As I have mentioned in a comment earlier, Windows is just a toy to play with. Just like Linux use to be! This is really bad stuff from Microsoft. Anyone knows if at least the underlying Registry entries will still work so that we can still use the registry editor to turn off the junk? The reg keys are gone or ineffective if created.

Thanks for answering. I indeed missed that point and thought it was only about removing the configuration possibility from the policy editor. This wiki doc is about the latest release, which currently is Windows 10 He has more than 35 years of experience in IT management and system administration. This Microsoft document gives a general overview of the differences between the Windows 10 editions.

If you know of another Group Policy difference between the Windows 10 editions, please update the document. Only registered 4sysops members can edit wiki docs. A number of the settings described below refer to a folder with several Group Policies that are related to the corresponding features. The descriptions are from Microsoft.

Allows you to specify which users or groups can run particular applications in your organization based on unique identities of files. Windows AppLocker. BranchCache copies content from your main office or hosted cloud content servers and caches the content at branch office locations, allowing client computers at branch offices to access the content locally rather than over the WAN.

BranchCache Client Configuration. Credential Guard uses virtualization-based security to isolate secrets so that only privileged system software can access them. DirectAccess allows connectivity to organizational network resources without the need for traditional virtual private network VPN connections.

Configure the DirectAccess Infrastructure. Device Guard is a combination of enterprise-related hardware and software security features that, when configured together, will lock a device down so that it can only run trusted applications that you define in your code integrity policies. Device Guard deployment guide.

Note that an additional Cloud Content policy, Do not suggest third-party content in Windows spotlight , does apply to Windows 10 Pro. When both of these policy settings are enabled, the combination will also disable lock screen apps assigned access on Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education only.

These policy settings can be applied to Windows 10 Pro, but lock screen apps will not be disabled on Windows 10 Pro. The description will be corrected in a future release. In Windows 10, version , this policy setting can be applied to Windows 10 Pro. For more info, see Manage Windows 10 Start layout options and policies.

 
 

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