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Sun Jul 31, 2016, 06:03 PM Jul 2016

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos (HORRIBLE IDEA) [View all]


Group Policy changes in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, set for release shortly, mean that users of the Pro edition can no longer disable some of the more intrusive aspects of the operating system.

Group Policy is a mechanism by which system administrators can configure Windows settings centrally, for PCs joined to a Windows domain. Savvy users can also use the local Group Policy editor to apply changes to their own PCs. Windows Home cannot be joined to a Windows domain and does not include the Group Policy editor, but Windows Pro fully supports this feature.

There are thousands of settings, but journalist Martin Brinkmann has spotted some intriguing changes in the new Anniversary Update. Certain settings can now only be applied to the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows Pro.

The settings in question include "Turn off the Microsoft consumer experiences", a feature which allows Microsoft to install "recommended" third-party apps and links on the Windows 10 Start menu. In the past this has included apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipboard and Twitter. The full description of the feature states that it enables "personalized recommendations from Microsoft and notifications about their Microsoft account."

I complained over at the official forums, which I'm sure will do absolutely no good. The only thing that will work is for people to NOT buy Windows 10 Pro or really any version of Windows.

Corporate suicide, anyone ?
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