windows 7 and 10 group policy with server 2008 r2

i am currently running windows 7 and server 2008 r2. i need to start upgrading to windows 10. i have a central store setup for the policies. if i add the windows 10 admx files, will anything get messed up with current windows 7 policies? will this work? thanks
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
It won't mess anything up. If you are really worried about it then I would suggest only applying it to the windows 10 machines using a WMI filter.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
So......the answer really depends on what you mean:

admx files don't change policies. Ever. So adding admx files definitely will not break your existing policies.  You'll be fine there.

But admx files *are* processed to present the GUI for the policy editor as well as tells the policy editor how to create/change policies when edited.  Adding admx files *can* cause the editor to not work right or be unable to edit policies.  If the central store has both win7 admx files and win10 admx files, I know at least one Wi-Fi setting conflicts and causes the editor to throw an error.

Make backups. Try to remove win7 admx files that you aren't using.  If you hit an error, google is your friend.  Many of these are easily resolved, but you should be aware that they exist.
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CCLCLSAuthor Commented:
is it better to setup a windows 10 worstation and edit GP from there? no errors? i recall doing this for windows 8
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
I prefer using the central store whenever possible. But if you are going to have a mixed environment then yes, that is what I would do.

You will need to edit the workstation to *not* read from the central store, and any other non-windows admx files you need (such as office) will need to be copied to the local store as well.  But it is doable.
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CCLCLSAuthor Commented:
i thought ok to use central store but then just open and edit from a windows 10 machine, wouldnt get those errors. maybe not talking about same thing
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
The whole point of the central store is that the settings files are "central" and that regardless of which machine (windows 10, server, etc) is used to edit, those settings can be read by the editor from the central store.  So if two files have a conflict that cause the error, it'll pop on any machine when the editor is opened and reading from the central store.
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