List of Deprecated and Removed Features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

We know that Windows 10's next feature update i.e. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (also known as Redstone 3) is going to release in coming months, most probably in September or October 2017. At the moment its under development and testing phase and a testing Insider Preview build can be downloaded and installed from following link to test its new features and changes:

Download Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) Insider Preview Build

Whenever a new feature update build is released for Windows 10, it comes with many new features. For example, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will come with power throttling, My People, Windows story remix, new Fluent Design (Project Neon), OneDrive files on-demand feature and many other features as mentioned here.

Along with new features addition, these new feature updates also come with removal of some legacy features which are less used and not in active development. Microsoft is going to remove or deprecate a few such features from upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as well.

Microsoft has officially released the list of removed and deprecated features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. According to Microsoft these features and functionalities in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update are either removed from the product in the current release or are not in active development and might be removed in future releases i.e. deprecated. Microsoft also mentions that the list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality.

So without wasting time let's share the list of removed and deprecated features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update:

List of Removed Features:

Following are features which will be removed in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update:

3D Builder app:

This app will not come preinstalled with Windows 10. You can use Print 3D and Paint 3D apps in its place. However 3D Builder app will be available for download from Windows Store. So interested users will be able to install it if they want.

Outlook Express:

Outlook Express has been removed long time back in previous Windows versions but its code is still present in Windows 10. Microsoft is going to remove its non-functional legacy code from Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Users can use the built-in Mail app instead. Or you can use other alternatives as mentioned here.

Reader app and Reading List:

Both these features will be integrated into Microsoft Edge web browser, so these features will be removed.

Screen Saver Functionality in Themes:

Screen Saver functionality will be disabled in Themes. In Group Policies, Control Panel and Sysprep it's now deprecated but will continue to be functional. Microsoft prefers to use Lockscreen features and policies.

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET):

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will block its use. Microsoft advises to use the Exploit Protection feature of Windows Defender Exploit Guard as a replacement.


Syskey.exe utility will no longer be supported in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as its no longer considered as secure. Its based on weak cryptography that can be easily broken. Microsoft recommends to use Bitlocker or similar technologies instead of Syskey.exe utility.

Resilient File System (ReFS):

The ability to create ReFS volumes will only be available in "Windows 10 Enterprise" and "Windows 10 Pro for Workstations" editions. The creation ability will be removed from all other editions. All other editions will have only Read and Write ability.

TCP Offload Engine (TOE):

This functionality has been transitioned to the Stack TCP Engine in previous versions so its legacy code will be removed.


Starting with Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703, the APN database has been replaced by a new format called COSA (Country and Operator Settings Asset).

Tile Data Layer:

It'll be replaced by the Tile Store.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management:

Again the legacy code will be removed.

List of Deprecated Features:

Following is a list of deprecated features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update:

Microsoft Paint:

Microsoft has decided to deprecate the good ol' MS Paint program in favor of the new Paint 3D app. Interested people will still be able to download and install it from Windows Store. You can also bring back the classic Paint program with the help of this tutorial.

Sync Your Settings:

The current sync process will be deprecated. In a future Windows 10 feature update 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.)

IIS 6 Management Compatibility:

Microsoft recommends that users use alternative scripting tools and a newer management console.

IIS Digest Authentication:

Microsoft recommends that users use alternative authentication methods.

RSA/AES Encryption for IIS:

Microsoft recommends that users use CNG encryption provider.

System Image Backup (SIB) Solution:

Microsoft recommends that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.

TLS RC4 Ciphers:

It'll be disabled by default.

Windows PowerShell 2.0:

Microsoft suggests that applications and components should be migrated to PowerShell 5.0+.

Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration Manager:

Microsoft suggests that 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.

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

It'll be replaced by a new user interface in a future release.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management:

It's legacy code will be removed in a future release.


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  • about BitLocker updates: will it be necessary to decrypt drives before updating then encrypt them again after the update?

  • VG

    ^^ Things will be clear soon by official announcement from Microsoft.

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