Photoshop 2014.2.2: "Smart Object via Copy" not an option for Linked Images, only Smart Objects

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Version 2014.2.2 has a serious problem with Linked Images. After placing a linked image, "Smart Object Via Copy" is not an option until after that object is converted to a Smart Object.

This was not the case in version 14.2.1 (I actually have a system running that version in my office right now). This is a serious limitation - converting the image to a Smart Object loses the link. Any transformations the original object may have undergone are also lost when the Smart Object is replicated with "Smart Object via Copy" and I try to "Replace Contents" with a different file, despite the fact that the contents I'm replacing it with are the exact same dimensions as the original Linked Image. I work primarily on product packaging where I rely on being able to link and swap out images - currently working on multiple variations of product display renders.

What I need to be able to do, as I have been able to up through version 14.2.1, is place a linked document, transform it as necessary, and create a Smart Object via Copy that retains all of the transformations when I "Replace Contents" with a different, though identically sized, image.

Please let me know if I haven't explained this well and I'll try to clarify.
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That's by design. With an embedded Smart Object, the file is duplicated and saved inside the PSD.

With linked, you are referencing a file on disk. You can't break the link and create a new linked file. The workflow for linked files would be to duplicate the SO layer and choose "Replace Contents" to reference another file on disk.