Earlier this year, Microsoft documented a list of features that were no longer under active development and would henceforth be viewed as legacy features. The re-evaluation continues with the upcoming Fall Creators Update, expected sometime in September. Users accustomed to certain features in Windows 10 might want to carefully review this document before they consider upgrading to the new version. A number of apps and system components have been affected. Of particular note is the System Image Backup utility.
Features No Longer Available or Under Active Development in Windows 10 1709
With each feature update, Microsoft is reviewing features it thinks are no longer needed or have been superseded by modern alternatives. In version 1703, features removed or deprecated were mostly under the hood and were more likely to affect enterprise customers than end users. The trend continues with version 1709, but there are more user facing features and technologies that are on the chopping block.
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”).
This list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning. The list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality.
For more information about a listed feature or functionality and its replacement, see the documentation for that feature. You can also follow the provided links in this table to see additional resources. Source
Removed Features in the Windows 10 1709 Update
3D Builder app
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
Screen saver functionality in Themes
TCP Offload Engine
Tile Data Layer
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management
Deprecated Features in the Windows 10 1709 Update
IIS 6 Management Compatibility
IIS Digest Authentication
RSA/AES Encryption for IIS
Sync Your Settings
System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
Screen saver functionality in Themes
TLS RC4 Ciphers
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM Remote Management
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management
Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration Manager
Windows PowerShell 2.0
The most significant impact for me is System Image, a feature that started out as Complete PC Backup in Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise. Microsoft is recommending users look to third party alternatives, but a feature like this I believe should remain built into the operating system. Users looking for similar solutions can check out Macrium Reflect and Easeus ToDo Backup as excellent alternatives.
I do hope Microsoft reconsiders this decision though since I prefer the straightforward, easy to use interface and restoration process in System Image. Themes and personalization got a major update in version 1703, but one component, screensavers, remains part of the legacy interface. There are no plans to modernize this feature, so, it will remain as is going forward.
Some features that were originally planned for removal in version 1703 will finally meet their end in 1709. The Reading List is one such app—its capabilities are now built into the Microsoft Edge web browser. Another app, Reader, which handled PDF files has also been consumed into Edge. These types of consolidations are welcome. I must admit, the PDF features have never been as robust as third party alternative like Adobe Reader, but Edge is getting a major boost, with support for secure government forms.
Microsoft launched Paint 3D earlier this year, a new app that focuses on 3D creation in addition to standard 2D editing capabilities. It’s quite a departure from the classic Paint app we have known for years. It’s not known if our Paint restore workaround will work in the Fall Creators Update, but we will update our article with details when the final release becomes available. The other features and components are mostly enterprise/under the hood technologies. I got a chuckle out of the existence of Outlook Express code though. The article contains more details about each component, so make sure to review it for deeper understanding.
Let us know in the comments what features you depend or will miss in Fall Creators Update.