Windows 10 Anniversary Update Group Policy Restrictions

by evil_pro3 years ago

Yesterday, Sergey Tkachenko from Winaero pointed out that Microsoft has silently updated some Group Policies in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to only function on Enterprise, Education and Server editions of the OS.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Group Policy Changes

Some of the affected policies are:

  • Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\Do not display the lock screen
    • Allows to disable the lockscreen and display the login screen instead when booting or waking up the PC.
  • Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Cloud Content\Do not show Windows tips
    • Allows to hide Windows tips to help introduce new users to the operating system.
  • Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Cloud Content\Turn off Microsoft consumer¬†experiences
    • Allows to turn off the automatic downloading of promoted apps from the Windows Store.

When enabled, either by editing the local Group Policy or in a domain policy, those options will no longer affect Home and Pro editions of Windows 10.

I have submitted a piece of feedback to upvote, in hope that Microsoft is going to revert this change.