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Central Store ADMX files update recommendation for Windows 8.1

    Question

  • I would like to update the "Central Store" with the latest ADMX file to support test computer with Windows 8.1 Update.
    The network contains Windows 7 on production and some Windows 8.1 Update are on a test phase.

    In the following KB article : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2917033
    Microsoft recommend that you keep the central store with the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 ADMX templates
    and use a Windows 8.1 like a GPMC console to manage GPO for Windows 8.1.

    Why ?
    Does anyone know the reason?
    Is there any incompatible issue between ADMX file for Windows 7 and ADMX Files for Windows 8.1?


    Regards,

    -Misch-

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:42 PM

Answers

  • > Im not sure why microsoft recommends this, but rest assured what we are
    > telling you is correct, you have two MVPs telling you this, Martin
    > Binder is a Guru in this field. You have nothing to worry about
     
    There IS a caveat, but it's very little:
     From time to time, MSFT decides to remove settings from ADM Templates.
    If you used one of these, the effect noted in the KB will be the net result.
     
    And in other cases, they introduce new functionality that older OSes
    will be unable to handle - e.g. in Win7, ADMX was extended to support
    REG_MULTI_SZ, and if you used Vista with a central store populatet with
    W7 ADMX, Vista would fail to load them.
     
    But no reason to worry - ADMX in the central store can be replaced with
    whatever version you need within seconds :)
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Friday, December 19, 2014 10:36 AM

All replies

  • I am not aware of any issues. Windows 7 clients have their own copies of each ADMX - they do not rely upon the CentralStore for settings. I do know that 8.1 ADMX templates renamed some settings (ex: Verbose Mode was renamed to Highly Detailed Status Messages). This may cause some confusion.

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    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:36 PM
  • i have always used the latest and greatest and never had an issue
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:38 PM
  •  
    > Windows 7 clients have their own copies of each ADMX - they do not rely
    > upon the CentralStore for settings.
     
    Yes they DO rely on the central store. If you use a central store, you
    also have to use only ONE version of ADMX. And the common recommendation
    (and mine, too) is to use the latest ADMX :)
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 3:28 PM
  • My question is not about Windows 7 client
    but what happens on GPO created for Windows 7 if I upgrade ADMX Files for Windows 8.1Update?

    Does ADMX for Windows 8.1 Update contains all settings for Windows7 ?
    I have read on Internet that some settings is removed from ADMX files Windows 8.1Update? Exact or not ?

    If yes, this explain why Microsoft recommend that you keep the central store with the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 ADMX templates...


    Regards,

    -Misch-

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:37 PM
  • there backwards compatible - as for the recommendation your guess is as good as mine latest and greatest all the way
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:44 PM
  • Hi,

    How is it going? As others suggested, ADMX files are backward compatible. Besides, updating the admx files will not affect the settings previously applied to Windows 7 clients. If you need further help, please don't hesitate to let us know.

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    Friday, December 19, 2014 3:07 AM
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  • Ok, thanks a lot for your response.

    But if ADMX files are totally backward compatible, why Microsoft recommend that you keep the central store with the Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 ADMX templates and use a Windows 8.1 like a GPMC console to manage GPO for Windows 8.1 ?


    Regards,

    -Misch-

    Friday, December 19, 2014 8:33 AM
  • Im not sure why microsoft recommends this, but rest assured what we are telling you is correct, you have two MVPs telling you this, Martin Binder is a Guru in this field. You have nothing to worry about
    Friday, December 19, 2014 10:15 AM
  • > Im not sure why microsoft recommends this, but rest assured what we are
    > telling you is correct, you have two MVPs telling you this, Martin
    > Binder is a Guru in this field. You have nothing to worry about
     
    There IS a caveat, but it's very little:
     From time to time, MSFT decides to remove settings from ADM Templates.
    If you used one of these, the effect noted in the KB will be the net result.
     
    And in other cases, they introduce new functionality that older OSes
    will be unable to handle - e.g. in Win7, ADMX was extended to support
    REG_MULTI_SZ, and if you used Vista with a central store populatet with
    W7 ADMX, Vista would fail to load them.
     
    But no reason to worry - ADMX in the central store can be replaced with
    whatever version you need within seconds :)
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Friday, December 19, 2014 10:36 AM