All the features Microsoft is removing or deprecating in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Each new big update for Windows 10 introduces a wealth of new features. The forthcoming Fall Creators Update will be no different, delivering lots of improvements as well as new components like OneDrive Files On-Demand, and My People.

But when Microsoft giveth, it also taketh away, dropping various features and functionalities from its new build. In preparation for the release of the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has released the full list of features that will be removed or deprecated from the new version.

Removed features

3D Builder app

No longer installed by default. Consider using Print 3D and Paint 3D in its place. 3D Builder will still be available for download from the Windows Store.


For more information about the replacement database, see the following Hardware Dev Center articles: MO Process to update COSA, COSA FAQ

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)

Use will be blocked. Consider using the Exploit Protection feature of Windows Defender Exploit Guard as a replacement.

Outlook Express

Removing this non-functional legacy code.

Reader app

Functionality to be integrated into Microsoft Edge.

Reading List

Functionality to be integrated into Microsoft Edge.

Screen saver functionality in Themes

To be disabled in Themes. Screen saver functionality in Group Policies, Control Panel, and Sysprep is now deprecated but continues to be functional. Lockscreen features and policies are preferred.


Removing this nonsecure security feature. BitLocker recommended instead. For more information, see the following Knowledge Base article:

4025993 Syskey.exe utility is no longer supported in Windows 10 RS3 and Windows Server 2016 RS3

TCP Offload Engine

Removing this legacy code. This functionality was previously transitioned to the Stack TCP Engine. For more information, see the following PFE Platform Blog article:

Why Are We Deprecating Network Performance Features (KB4014193)?

Tile Data Layer

To be replaced by the Tile Store.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management

This legacy code to be removed.

Deprecated features

IIS 6 Management Compatibility

Alternative scripting tools and a newer management console recommended in its place.

IIS Digest Authentication

Alternative authentication methods recommended.

Microsoft Paint

RSA/AES Encryption for IIS

CNG encryption provider recommended instead.

Sync Your Settings

Back-end changes: The current sync process is being deprecated. In a future 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.)

System Image Backup (SIB) Solution

Full-disk backup solutions from other vendors recommended instead.

TLS RC4 Ciphers

To be disabled by default. For more information, see the following Windows IT Center topic:

TLS (Schannel SSP) changes in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

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

To be replaced by a new user interface in a future release.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management

This legacy code to be removed in a future release.

Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration Manager

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.

Windows PowerShell 2.0

Applications and components should be migrated to PowerShell 5.0+.

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