After a fresh, out-of-the-box reinstall of Windows 7, it was noted that in Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, the Inbound Rules are lacking three "Core Networking - Group Policy Rules," which are to be found in the Outbound Rules
Core Networking - Group Policy (LSASS-Out)Note: In the previous edition of Windows, Vista Ultimate, the three identical Group Policy rules are to be found in both the Inbound and Outbound Rules.
Core Networking - Group Policy (NP-OUT)
Core Networking - Group Policy (TCP-Out)
Furthermore, it was noted that after downloading Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.320, said to be a prerequisite for further Windows updates, the network traffic increased dramatically---from 2,160 Bytes received immediately preceding the update to 14,413,809 Bytes received immediately following.
Do domain-level Group Policy rules affect the course Windows updates take? Since it is impossible in Windows 7, Home Premium to even view, let alone alter, domain-level Group Policy rules stemming from Microsoft servers, is it necessary to disguise the fact that the rules even exist?