The era of Windows 8 is here. And, here’s the good and bad news (which is the same news): Besides that whole Start Screen/Start Menu business, Windows 8 is not radically different from its Windows 7 sibling.

This awareness is a dual-edged sword. On the one hand, you could say to yourself, “Awesome! If I’m already an expert at Windows 7 and Group Policy, there’s not a huge hill to climb!” And that would be true. On the other hand, it’s also true that because Windows 8 didn’t shake things up too much, there’s no “super killer must-haves” about Windows 8 with regard to Group Policy “guts.”

In a way, I really like the dual-edged sword. I like that there is a variety of new goodies for Windows 8, some interesting updates, but not a radical ...

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