Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Removed Features

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 23, 2017
Updated • Oct 2, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

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.

windows 10 fall creators update removed features

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.
Resilient File System List X Create limited to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
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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  1. CHEF-KOCH said on October 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm
  2. Andy said on August 4, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    If you never used classic Paint, how do you know if Paint 3D is better or not?

  3. George said on August 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    So far so good. I also can’t understand why some people got angry with the removal of paint. I never had to use it, but the program that replaced it seems better.

  4. dmacleo said on July 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
    wonder how this is going to affect systems on server 2012r2 essentials server. iirc it leverages this for its daily backups to server.

    1. jupikk said on July 26, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      I’m not sure they mean Windows Image Backup (wbadmin) creating vhd images :)

      And if so, deprecated is not really problem for now

      1. dmacleo said on July 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        yeah if its just the wbadmin used to create image from client should be ok but there were already sporadic insiders reports of essentials backups (automated from client to server) failing after update.
        one I know was fixed by re-running essentials connector software (sigh have to do this after every damned build update) but need to really watch for it.

  5. Jody Thornton said on July 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Paint is staying apparently.
    (something tells me I’m missing a “semi-colon” somewhere) :p

    1. Jody Thornton said on July 25, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Oh … as a Universals style app, not an Explorer-based application.

  6. AmigaMan said on July 25, 2017 at 5:17 am

    First i will add ..oh we have a different “powershell” for each shell or GUI layer ..Right now you finally ave a real true different “powershell” one .I caught you all in a lie. This is a shell over dos . Now again also, you have no control …less and less of what was less control to begin with .Ah yes Amiga still gets better ,and better not that the Classic Amiga OS/Hardware could have been beaten anyways. With this article Amiga jsut shows how much better it is its so sad.

  7. cas said on July 24, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    what does blocking emet mean? it’ll still be installed but can’t load? or will it be uninstalled as part of the upgrade process? should we uninstall it prior to upgrade?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 24, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Microsoft did not reveal that. Most likely is that it will be uninstalled automatically on the upgrade. Its installation and/or execution will be blocked as well.

  8. CHEF-KOCH said on July 24, 2017 at 5:41 am

    No one talks about important changes like chiper, which I really find a good decision. Also other security related changes, well that wasn’t a bad move, so hopefully we see more like Kerberos fixes.

  9. CanUGambas said on July 24, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Microsoft reminds me of a dictatorship overthrowing a King, just cut the head off and press on. I am seriously glad I never wasted one second of my life, on any OS greater than 7 (64 bit) by these traitorous rats. Every day I see new horror stories, this is proven to be the right decision on my part. It’s not that we can’t replace paintbrush, it’s not the point, what’s going to break next will be what is in the path of Microsoft profits. It doesn’t matter if your hardware is worth 9000 times the cost of windows–they don’t care.

  10. Anonymous said on July 23, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Rather prefer Microsoft would pull all features from W10 except the bare necessities, but only if they were made available in the store.

    1. AnorKnee Merce said on July 24, 2017 at 6:30 am

      @ Anonymous

      Yes, agree with you but that does not agree with M$’s “planned obsolescence” towards more profit$, eg blocking Version upgrades for 4 to 5 years old Wintel 10 computers, like what M$ had recently done to Intel Atom Clover Trail tablets.
      ……. Apple also do this to their iPhones and iPads running iOS, ie use yearly iOS upgrades to make 4 to 5 years old iDevices obsolete, eg the 2011-released iPhone 4S(with iOS 6) is blocked by Apple from being upgraded to the 2016-released iOS 10.

      That is why M$ bundled mostly toy-like or gimmicky and non-essential features(= more like bloatware) into every new Version of Win 10, and put out twice-yearly Version upgrades which shortened the EOL to about 18 months for each Version of Win 10.
      ……. Eg if for whatever reason, a Wintel 10 computer cannot be upgraded from Version 1703 to the Fall Creators Update or Redstone 3, it will be EOL-ed in late 2018 = the owner may have to buy a new Wintel 10 computer.

      Cortana, Bing, Edge, Paint 3D, etc, should not be bundled into Win 10. They should be separate apps or websites for the users to install or visit if they wish.

  11. seeprime said on July 23, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I’m glad to see that File History is not on the list. It’s the best feature that was added to Windows 8.x that still works great in Windows 10, for automatic local backup and versioning history of your data files.

    1. Umpal said on July 24, 2017 at 6:58 am

      File history is not longer secure backup solution, in case of Ransomware..?

  12. bwat47 said on July 23, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Microsoft Paint X Use Paint 3D instead.

    More like use Paint.NET instead :)

    1. Oldboy said on July 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      It looks like I will be using Paint .NET. Paint 3D is not a proper replacement for the old Paint.

  13. Coriy said on July 23, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Why is Microsoft removing screen savers?
    They do have their uses after all.
    Especially if AMOLED makes it to computer screens…

    1. CharlieOrlando said on July 23, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Agreed. There are screensavers out there that perform genuinely useful functions. For instance, I have a screen saver that actually does a virus scan. Plus screensavers are just terrific eye candy. I think removing screensavers from Windows just makes the OS a duller-looking, less personalize-able, and less fun system to use. I hope Microsoft reconsiders.

      1. Bobby Phoenix said on July 24, 2017 at 10:54 pm

        I think the actual screen saver “program” won’t be gone. It’s like Ben Ramsay said above you. I went looking, and it’s already gone from my CU version theme settings, and is only under lock screen, so I think it will still be around, but just under a different setting/access point.

      2. Lee said on July 24, 2017 at 10:16 am

        You may be able to use Rainmeter if you dont mind a little bit of coding. Just found the program looking for a detailed clock. I didnt find what I was looking for so used Rainmeter and put it together myself. It can be used as a launcher.

    2. Bobby Phoenix said on July 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      I agree. I use them, and I know a lot of people who do too. I guess if they remove them from themes we will need to install a program to get them back. Just another thing MS decides what’s best for users.

      1. Ben Ramsay said on July 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

        On the build i have they have removed it from themes however it is now under lock screen, but will wait and see, as for ms paint I do use it on a regular basis and hope they will keep it or at least make a uwp version of it.

  14. John said on July 23, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Martin, again a bit off-topic… is that screenshot from yours?

    I ask because Chrome fonts are looking good there, crisp and black, like Mac OSX font rendering. Are you doing something on your side? Mine are greyed out and lacks contrast.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      John this is a standard Chrome installation on a Surface Pro 4 device running Windows 10. I have not made any changes to Chrome.

  15. Anonymous said on July 23, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    They removed mspaint in rs2, but brought it back due to insider outrage
    It’s also still here in rs3 insiders

    is it really going to go? It hasn’t happened yet

  16. Tim said on July 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I wonder whether it’s just TPM Management that’s being separated from MMC Console and put in a new user interface, or whether they are going to gradually migrate all MMC Console snap-ins to something new?

  17. Yuliya said on July 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I find Paint (Win32, not the UWP abomination) quite useful for screenshots, as the program is really fast. Shame.. Hopefully will be kept on next LTSB, just like Calc32.

    1. Anonymous said on July 24, 2017 at 4:47 am
      1. Anonymous said on July 24, 2017 at 11:09 am
    2. Watako Tatako said on July 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Win key + Print Screen = Screenshot

      1. Clairvaux said on July 24, 2017 at 8:04 pm

        Snipping Tool. (In Windows 7. Don’t know about W 10.) Automatically draws a border around the screenshot (optional), which no other such program does, except if you manually edit the image. (None that I found, anyway.) That’s practically a required feature when snipping a part of the screen on a white background (which happens all the time).

        Or, Pic Pick. Very good editor, and can be used as a standalone paint program or image editor as well.

      2. fail said on July 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm

        – no cropping
        – no set save location
        – no save as picture format
        – dim the screen


  18. X said on July 23, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Outlook Express in Windows 10?

    1. Jody Thornton said on July 25, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      I know, I didn’t get that either. But apparently those who hack Windows Mail (from Vista) to work in newer Windows versions, aren’t able to with the most recent Windows 10 builds.

    2. Nightfall said on July 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      There’s some leftovers of it in C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Mail

    3. Martin Brinkmann said on July 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Maybe only the code?

  19. guntis said on July 23, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Wait, so mspaint.exe won’t be there anymore?

    1. Tim said on July 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      My Paint Poem: :)

      After many years Paint is no more
      which some will see as a loss
      The program that let you draw
      and all for zero cost

      Although inevitable as time went by
      that it would disappear from our hands
      Sad for many and some may cry
      at memories of pics with Comic Sans

      As deep nostalgia settles in
      the time you pasted your boss on the moon
      It’s time has come to head for the bin
      even if 32 years seems too soon

      But before you mark it as a fail
      that Microsoft have finally gotten rid
      Wait until Serif’s next sale
      and nab Affinity for 30 quid

      1. Jody Thornton said on July 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

        Well there is good news,
        You can rejoice.
        Redmond has restored a bit more choice

        For Windows 10,
        a great OS it ain’t,
        But at least you can still rely on MS Paint.

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on July 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Seems like it.

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