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An important aspect of the migration to Windows 10 involves which of the many new Microsoft features should be disabled. Members shared opinions during a recent Windows 10 Rollout WebForum.

License considerations

The majority of participants are choosing the Enterprise license over the Professional license, primarily because it includes Group Policy which is necessary to manage the many features of Windows 10.


It is possible to adopt a hybrid approach, using the Enterprise version for certain machines deemed to be more critical while using Pro for others.

Josh G.:  “We chose Enterprise due to GPO functionality and ability to delay updates further.”

Brian K.: “Enterprise allows control of Store from Group Policy.”

Deployment approach

Even though Microsoft recommends using the “upgrade in place” deployment approach, the majority of participants have used or will use the “clean install” approach instead.  Some participants indicated that the upgrade in place would make sense for home users but not for large organizations. Some organizations are only using Windows 10 with new hardware and leaving Windows 7 on old machines until they are replaced.

Roman S.: “NOOOO to in place, it’s horrible, bringing all the crap from old Windows to the new Windows!”

Michael R.: “We're just going to roll out Win10 with new PCs so Win7 will eventually fade away.”

Disabling/restricting/removing Windows 10 Features

Windows 10 comes with a host of features that many organizations don’t want to be used.  Many of the features are designed to collect usage data (telemetry) or are causing concern for other reasons.

We went through this list and discussed pros and cons.

Features recommended for removal:

•       App store

•       File-sharing updates

•       Bandwidth sharing for updates

•       Start menu ads

•       Targeted ads

•       Cortana-getting to know you

•       Apps running in background

•       Wi-fi sense

•       Windows Defender

•       Notifications (Windows tips)

•       Action Center

•       Edge

•       OneDrive

•       Lock screen

•       Syncing

•       Visual effects

The new internet browser that comes with Windows 10 called Edge is still not compatible with many applications so most organizations are still disabling it and using IE11.  One participant who recently attended a Microsoft seminar shared the news that Edge will now automatically default to IE11 when attempting to open an application that is not compatible. Since Edge offers some important new security features it’s likely that many organizations will now start using it if the application incompatibility is resolved.

Gold Nuggets from Participants

Deployment with new machines not migration

Enterprise vs. Pro and the GPO issues

Others are having same issue with deployment as I am

Feature list for removal

Everything was very helpful, but the most important was differentiating between Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise license/versions.

The question that I submitted on Windows 10 User Acceptance Testing plan.  I felt the amount of time spent on this topic was fair and look forward to receiving some promised documentation.

All of the gotchas were helpful to hear and understand some of the various fixes.

Really appreciate the willingness of others to share what they've learned so far.  The information shared on the clean install vs. upgrade in place is good to know as we'll not be replacing with all new machines in this rollout.  

The Powershell scripts to remove the built-in bloatware.

This web forum was FULL of useful information.  Lots of good links provided, and an overall theme that may take us in a different direction than we originally expected.

The documents that were shared.

Sites to go to, to limit bloatware in windows 10.

Windows 10 and Window 7 license and LTSB versus Enterprise.

Real experience from real world

General Comments

Very good information

Quite informative

Very good

Fantastic. Definitely something important as Windows 7 starts to fade away.

I think muting all users should be the default since people don't seem to listen to the instructions when told to mute and not put the call on hold.

Overall, very informative and really opens my eyes that many others are in the same phase of the Windows 10 deployment as we are.

Overall the interaction was good by the group willing to share best practices.

Run really well and good participation, appreciate the opportunity to ask questions and get information shared back quickly. 

Well managed, but there always seems to be noise interruptions.  I will be SO embarrassed the day I become THAT GUY...

It was good and informative

It was very informative

Members may download the Windows 10 Rollout notes any time. For more information, please contact NOREX.