Win­dows 10 Users Will Lose These 11 Fea­tures in Fall Cre­ators Update


After confirming that this was the end of the road for several early generation 2-in-1 laptops to receive Windows 10 feature updates, Microsoft has released a list of features which will be discontinued in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators update or in future updates.

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In a major blow to Windows 10 users awaiting the availability of the Timeline feature, which allowed users to carry on with their work from where they left off across multiple devices, including iOS and Android smartphones, won’t be making it to them with the Windows 10 Fall Creators 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”),” Microsoft stated.

Features being Removed from Windows 10

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  • 3D Builder app: This feature won’t be installed by default on Windows 10 but can still be downloaded from the Windows Store.
  • Apndatabase.xml: Check here  for details.
  • Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET): This feature won’t be available, rather the company suggests users to use the Exploit Protection feature of the Windows Defender Exploit Guard.
  • Outlook Express
  • Reader app: Its features will be integrated with Microsoft Edge browser.
  • Reading List: Its features will be integrated with Microsoft Edge browser.
  • Screen saver functionality in Themes: Screensaver functionality in themes has been removed. Though it continues to function with Group Policies, Control Panel and Sysprep, it has been deprecated.
  • Syskey.exe: Removing because it’s not secure.
  • TCP Offload Engine
  • Tile Data Layer: Will be replaced by the Tile Store.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management

Features being Deprecated from Windows 10

  • IIS 6 Management Compatibility
  • IIS Digest Authentication
  • Microsoft Paint
  • RSA/AES Encryption for IIS
  • Sync Your Settings: Currently, users use different cloud storage system for syncing settings but with the deprecation of the sync settings, all users will have to use the same cloud storage.
  • System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
  • TLS RC4 Ciphers
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM RemoteManagement: Will be replaced by a new user interface.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management
  • Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration Manager
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0: Any applications based on this should be migrated to Powershell 5.0 or higher.

“This list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning,” they added.

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