Windows 10 Pro Loses Critical Features


Admins can no longer control user access to Windows Store

Business customers running Windows 10 Pro will no longer be able to use the Group Policy feature to restrict employees from accessing the Windows Store. Microsoft made this change last month with the upgrade to version 1511 of Windows 10. After this upgrade, users can’t disable Windows Store access through Group Policy. According to Microsoft’s support page, “This behavior is by design. In Windows 10 version 1511, these policies are applicable to users of the Enterprise and Education editions only.”

A Microsoft spokesperson told ZDNet “Windows 10 Pro offers a subset of those capabilities and is recommended for small and mid-size businesses looking for some management controls, but not the full suite necessary for IT pros at larger enterprises.”

Businesses need tighter control over their systems, and Microsoft is encouraging enterprise customers to use the Windows 10 Enterprise edition, which lets customers restrict access to Windows Store through AppLocker or Group Policy.


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