Features that will be removed in the next Windows 10 Update

When Microsoft talked about Windows 10 before releasing it they said it will be around for a long time and will be getting updates in a different way than we were used to.

Looking back at this it looks like we already got a sneak preview at this concept with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (and remember the Windows XP Media Center disc 2?).

But back to Windows 10. With Windows 10 being the most advanced telemetry reporting OS ever Microsoft knows what functions are used and which are totally abandoned by the users. You can’t keep adding a waterfall of functions to your project without maintenance for ‘housekeeping’ and removing some junk or obsolete pieces.

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Microsoft is removing some software from their OS for the first time. Two features are worth mentioning.

  1. System Image Backup is a to be removed which is a shame, if you want some protection against a physical or partition corruption you will need some third-party software.
  2. mspaint.exe, been there since Windows 1.0 , no not a typo, i meant 1.0 🙂

    TBT Look Into the First Windows - Paint
    The first version of MS Paint

Here’s a list of what we know so far will not be in the next major update.

The following features and functionalities in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update are either removed from the product in the current release (“Removed”) or are not in active development and might be removed in future releases (“Deprecated”).

Removed and deprecated features



3D Builder app

No longer installed by default. Consider using Print 3D and Paint 3D in its place. However, 3D Builder is still available for download from the Windows Store.




For more information about the replacement database, see the following Hardware Dev Center articles:



Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)

Use will be blocked. Consider using the Exploit Protection feature of Windows Defender Exploit Guard as a replacement.



IIS 6 Management Compatibility

We recommend that users use alternative scripting tools and a newer management console.



IIS Digest Authentication

We recommend that users use alternative authentication methods.



Microsoft Paint

Will be available through the Windows Store. Functionality integrated into Paint 3D.



Outlook Express

Removing this non-functional legacy code.



Reader app

Functionality to be integrated into Microsoft Edge.



Reading List

Functionality to be integrated into Microsoft Edge.



RSA/AES Encryption for IIS

We recommend that users use CNG encryption provider.



Sync Your Settings

Back-end changes: The current sync process is being deprecated. In a future release, the same cloud storage system for syncing settings will be used for both Enterprise State Roaming users and all other users. (Currently, these users use different cloud storage systems.)


Screen saver functionality in Themes

To be disabled in Themes (classified as “Removed” in this table). Screen saver functionality in Group Policies, Control Panel, and Sysprep is now deprecated but continues to be functional. Lockscreen features and policies are preferred.




Removing this nonsecure security feature. We recommend that users use BitLocker instead.


System Image Backup (SIB) Solution

We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.


TCP Offload Engine

Removing this legacy code. This functionality was previously transitioned to the Stack TCP Engine.


Tile Data Layer

To be replaced by the Tile Store.


TLS RC4 Ciphers

To be disabled by default.


Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management

This legacy code to be removed.


Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM Remote Management

To be replaced by a new user interface in a future release.


Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management

This legacy code to be removed in a future release.


Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration Manager

Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Federation Services – Registration Authority (ADFS RA) deployment is simpler and provides a better user experience and a more deterministic certificate enrollment experience.


Windows PowerShell 2.0

Applications and components should be migrated to PowerShell 5.0+.



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