1.    19 Jul 2017 #1
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    Windows 10 Free Upgrade version- security risk?


    Hello,
    I am brand new to the forums and have been administering IT for a couple years for a small company. I was just told by a network engineer that the free upgrade version of Windows 10 is considered a security risk because the "free version requires updates, cannot disable advertising functionality and makes a concerning amount of outbound connection for no known reason."
    Is this true and should I be concerned with the computers I have on the network that were free upgrades? I thought the free only applied to where the license came from, but that Windows 10 Pro was the same otherwise.
    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and experience,
    Bobby
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  2.    19 Jul 2017 #2
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    The free upgrade version is EXACTLY the same as the full retail version. You need to be looking at setting group policies.
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  3.    19 Jul 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    The free upgrade version is EXACTLY the same as the full retail version. You need to be looking at setting group policies.
    Thank you for the prompt response!
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  4.    19 Jul 2017 #4

    Quote Originally Posted by rlansing View Post
    Hello,
    I am brand new to the forums and have been administering IT for a couple years for a small company. I was just told by a network engineer that the free upgrade version of Windows 10 is considered a security risk because the "free version requires updates, cannot disable advertising functionality and makes a concerning amount of outbound connection for no known reason."
    Is this true and should I be concerned with the computers I have on the network that were free upgrades? I thought the free only applied to where the license came from, but that Windows 10 Pro was the same otherwise.
    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and experience,
    Bobby
    To be less blunt... Win 10 either way (free or not) comes with telemetry... you are correct "free only applied to where the license came from" it's not a security risk unless you are on the NSA's most wanted list...
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  5.    19 Jul 2017 #5
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Amazing they even upgraded them, I have not done a single job yet out in the field where a company has gone to W10. It`s still XP or W7 Pro or Enterprise.

    But as you say it`s a small company.
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  6.    19 Jul 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
    Amazing they even upgraded them, I have not done a single job yet out in the field where a company has gone to W10. It`s still XP or W7 Pro or Enterprise.

    But as you say it`s a small company.
    US Military should be moved to Windows 10 by January or February.

    DoD-Wide Windows 10 Rapid Deployment to Boost Cybersecurity > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article
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