Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Removed Features

Microsoft plans to release the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the next feature update for Windows 10 in a couple of months.

The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 will introduce new functionality but also remove some that was available in previous versions of the operating system.

Microsoft published a Support article that highlights removed or deprecated features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

The difference between removed and deprecated is the following: removed features are no longer available in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Deprecated features on the other hand are not in active development at the point in time and likely to be removed in future updates. They are still available in the new version of Windows 10 however.

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Microsoft plans to remove or block popular or long standing features in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. Most notable are probably the deprecation of the classic Paint application, the blocking of EMET, and the deprecation of the screen saver functionality.

Paint has been the default image editor on Windows for a long time. Microsoft launched Paint 3D in the Windows 10 Creators Update, and seems to have made the decision to remove legacy Paint from the Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft EMET will be blocked in the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, and Microsoft suggests that users configure the new Exploit Protection feature of Windows Defender instead.

Feature Removed Deprecated Notes
3D Builder app X 3D Builder still available in Windows Store. Consider using Print 3D and Paint 3D instead.
Apndatabase.xml X
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) X Use of Microsoft EMET will be blocked. Microsoft suggests to use Exploit Protection of Windows Defender Exploit Guard instead.
IIS 6 Management Compatibility X Use of alternative scripting tools and newer management console
IIS Digest Authentication X Use of alternative authentication methods
Microsoft Paint X Use Paint 3D instead.
Outlook Express X Use Mail application.
Reader app X Functionality integrated in Microsoft Edge.
Reading List X Functionality integrated in Microsoft Edge.
RSA/AES Encryption for IIS X Use of CNG encryption provider.
Sync Your Settings
Back-end changes
X Use of same cloud storage system for Enterprise and all other users.
Screen saver functionality in Themes X X Removed in themes in this release, deprecated in Group Policy, Control Panel and Sysprep but functional for the time being.
Syskey.exe X Syskey.exe is no longer secure. Microsoft recommends to use Bitlocker instead.
System Image Backup (SIB) Solution X Microsoft recommends the use of third-party backup solutions, but does not name any
TCP Offload Engine X Transitioned to the Stack TCP Engine.
Tile Data Layer X Replaced by Tile Store
TLS RC4 Ciphers X Disabled by default.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) OwnerPassword Management X Legacy code.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM Remote Management X Will be replaced by a new user interface in a future release.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management X Will be removed in a future version
Windows Hello for Business deployment System Center Configuration Manager
Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Federation Services
X Registration Authority (ADFS RA) deployment.
Windows PowerShell 2.0
Applications and components
X Migration to PowerShell 5.0

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