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Right before I used my recovery partition on the Envy 6 i bought less than a month ago, I tried setting group policy in order to take control of my Administrator account. I got an error message:  "Group Policy is not a feature of this edition of Windows 8.1."
 
I have experienced security issues My Envy 6 (in my opinion, nothing to envy about it...) since I got it.   
 
What happens, first and foremost, is that someone other than I hijacks my computer and starts using my machine as a distributed resource.  When I look at the resource monitor, memory usage stays at a steady level around 30%; the Window for the disk (Disk 0, I presume) stays at about 100%, for many minutes after I start working.  There is evidence that copies of the countless Apps are being pushed through that channel to someone unknown to me. 
 
In other words, it is as if I were working in a large company where administrators are able to share my computers memory and storage (and also, copies of programs on my machine) with others. 
 
Yesterday, the fourth time I used my security partition, (after I had looked in the Task Manager and seen more than 50 tasks scheduled to run only when the machine was idle and it was on AC power) I decided to see what would happen if I let the fully charged battery work. 
 
What I saw was a machine freaking out.  I saw a sequence of screen shots first four, then  a flash of a task checklist, then a series what looked like screen shots again--this time fourteen of them.  I watched this happen three different times.  Then, the machine prompted me for a "Capital A Administrator" password, which I did not have. 
 
I looked around at resources here and at Windows, and discovered that I could access boot options by turning on the machine and pressing the Escape key.  I ran through the list of options there, and finally chose EFI, where I eventually dsicovered two different ways to boot to an unknown internet address.  That's when decided another tip to Geek Squad was in order (I bought their service contact when i bought the machine, what the heck).  This time there was pretty much incontrovertible evidence that something was wrong at the Internet security level.
 
I realized this is way to much information.  I will simply once again ask the question:  Is it possible that my brand new machine really does have an edition of Windows 8.1 that doesn't include the capability for group Policy management?  

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