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Bug: Windows 10 Pro Education: This policy is blocked - its value will be ignored

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Frequent Contributor

 

This Bug affects only the "Windows 10 Pro Education" edition.

 

All Policies which are documented as "This policy is available only on Windows instances that are joined to a Microsoft Active Directory domain or Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise instances enrolled for device management." do not work on "Pro Education" Edition of Windows 10. All other Policies still work as expected, but Policies like HomepageLocationDefaultSearchProviderRestoreOnStartUpURLs etc... which need an MDM-Enrolled or AD-Joined Device don't work. 

 

They are ignored and edge://policy shows: 
"Error: This policy is blocked - its value will be ignored.

 

Edge-Policies-Error-Ignored.png

 

How to reproduce this behavior:

  • Fresh Installation of "Windows 10 Pro Education" 20H2 ISO Image in Hyper-V VM
  • Applying all Patches (Windows Update)
  • Install Edge (Stable, Beta, Dev, Canary).
  • Enroll to MDM
  • Set the Policies

Win10 Edition / Version / Build:

  • Window Edition: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Education
  • Version: 10.0.19042 (= 20H2, Patches from November 2020 Patch-Tuesday applied)

Tested with:

  • Edge v86.0.622.68 (Stable) => ERROR, Ignored
  • Edge v87.0.664.30 (Beta) => ERROR, Ignored
  • Edge v88.0.692.0 (Dev) => ERROR, Ignored
  • Edge v88.0.698.0 (Can) => ERROR, Ignored

 

Microsoft Documentation says: Windows 10 Pro Education builds on the commercial version of Windows 10 Pro and provides important management controls needed in schools. ... are able to configure the product to have similar feature settings to Windows 10 Pro Education using policies.

 

=> So I guess "Windows 10 Pro Education" should support the same Policies as "Pro"

 

Upgrade to "Windows 10 Pro" => Policies Work!

Just activate a "Windows 10 Pro" Key like the GLVK listed here in the documentation => Edge Policies instantly start to work! Not even a reboot is needed, just restart Edge and it works after applying the new GVLK.

 

So I tested through the various Editions:

  • Windows 10 Home => Not supported, does not work because Home cannot be MDM-Managed, this is documented - so that's OK
  • Windows 10 Pro Education => ERROR, Ignored - doesn't work, see description in this Issue above
  • Windows 10 Pro => Works
  • Windows 10 Education => Works
  • Windows 10 Enterprise => Works

Some month ago I reported a similar Bug to this one here, thanks to @Deleted and @josh_bodner it was fixed - so I hope you guys can have a look at this bug too and report this to the right team.

5 Replies

@Gunnar Haslinger Thanks for reaching out. I'm tagging in @Kelly_Y, who should be able to loop in our Enterprise and EDU teams.

 

Fawkes (they/them)
Program Manager & Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

Thanks, @Deleted !

 

@Gunnar Haslinger Hello!  Yes, I've reached out to some folks on the team and we will follow up with updates.  Thanks!

 

-Kelly

best response confirmed by Gunnar Haslinger (Frequent Contributor)
Solution

@Kelly_Y  

@Gunnar Haslinger  thank you for the report! Kelly got in touch and I was able to setup and reproduce the problem. You are correct in that we were incorrectly categorizing the Professional Education edition which resulted the "sensitive" policies always getting filtered out.

 

I have a fix ready that we will get in as soon as we can.

 

Edge Can Version 88.0.704.0 already seems to include the Bugfix and respects the policies on Win10 Pro Education as expected.

 

Hope Dev/Beta/Stable get this update too soon.

 

Microsoft Verified Best Answer

@Gunnar Haslinger this will also be available in  87.0.664.53.