You have chilled any further interest I have in being part of the discussion as to what could happen if MS continues on the path they are on.
It's almost like bait and switch what they're doing. I bought Pro specifically for gpedit.msc.
Second, it doesn't matter anyways. The free upgrade offer is over, and the entire issue is now moot. You won't be seeing any more free upgrades, so-call "forced" or not.
Finally, there really aren't any alternatives for most people. Mac's are too expensive, and Linux is too confusing. And that assuming they aren't locked into Windows because they need to run specific apps. For instance, many companies use VPN software that is windows specific. So if you need to work from home, you need windows.
What kind of precedent does this set though? I have always liked Windows for it's tweakability, it's huge library of programs (literally how many applications have been made for windows over the years? 100 million? Take that Apple App Store)You seem to be confused. That's a silly reason to buy pro, since everything you can do with gpedit is doable by registry entries. Regardless, gpedit is still present. It's just a few handful of entries that don't apply to pro, just like a bunch of entries don't apply to home. And a bunch only apply to server editions. This is nothing new.
I find any chipping away at user modability to be quite insulting. Lock out gpedit.msc features on Home of course but Pro? Really? Force security features down our throats that we neither want/need/asked for? No update controls? Sigh.
Luckily, like with the Windows 8 start menu debacle, someone will be there to save the day and make a 3rd party program. <3 Classic Shell
In addition, I trust gpedit a lot more than I trust my use of Regedit (or equivalent 3rd party products). I also figure that an option that can be changed via gpedit is recognized by MS as a customizable option. I have no such warm, fuzzy feeling about registry entries. I have no idea what registry values have to be simultaneously changed, for example, to leave Windows healthy.
I know that gpedit will continue to exist. I know that the registry entries will probably continue to exist for those options removed from gpedit. And I know that people on this forum will figure out and publish tips for making registry changes to accomplish what MS has removed from gpedit. But I don't like MS forcing me to jump through hoops to accomplish (what had been) simple customization tasks.
And to think that I always thought that OS is a bridge between hardware and software(programs) to run on and not an entity upon itself.
At least Microsoft documents the Group Policy settings for various Windows versions in the form of Excel (.xlsx) spreadsheets for reference, available for download, at:
Download Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows and Windows Server from Official Microsoft Download Center
- with further information and documentation available at: