The Creators Update for Windows 10 is the third feature update that improves the OS with significant new features and changes, including improvements for Microsoft Edge, Windows Defender, as well as new Game Mode, Cortana features, 3D support, and a slew of tweaks.
However, alongside all the new additions, the Windows 10 Creators Update also removes (and deprecates) a number of other features currently in the OS, such as Flash autorun, Microsoft Paint, Apps Corner, Tile Data Layer, Windows Server Update Services for Windows 10 Mobile and more.
Here’s the list with details on over a dozen features that are being removed (or deprecated) from Windows 10.
Features removed in the Windows 10 Creators Update
- Flash autorun in Edge: Flash is now blocked by default, but you can still re-enable the feature.
- Interactive Service Detection Service: In legacy applications this service detects when a service tries to interact with the desktop.
- Microsoft Paint extended language support: The app has removed support for languages that aren’t in the localization list.
- Next Protocol Negotiation (NPN) support in TLS: The Creators Update replaces this support with the Application Protocol Level Navigation (APLN).
- Windows Server Update Services for Windows Mobile: Now PC and Mobile devices move to the new Unified Update Platform (UUP) to download updates.
- Windows Information Protection “AllowUserDecryption” policy: Windows 10 no longer includes a policy setting for the EnterpriseDataProtection configuration service provider.
Features deprecated in the Windows 10 Creators Update
- Apndatabase.xml: This is being replaced by the COSA database. Therefore, some constructs will no longer function. This includes Hardware ID, incoming SMS messaging rules in mobile apps, a list of privileged apps in mobile apps, autoconnect order, APN parser, and CDMAProvider ID.
- Reading List: The feature to save articles for later viewing has been deprecated.
- Apps Corner: On Windows mobile enabled to create a start screens for guest.
- Tile Data Layer: This was a feature in charge storing information about the default apps, programs, and tiles in the Start menu.
- TLS DHE_DSS ciphers DisabledByDefault: Windows 10 Creators Update now disables ciphers by default.
- TCPChimney: Moves the workload from the main processor to the network adapter during network data transfer.
- IPsec task offload: Move certain processor intensive resources to the network adapter.
While some of these are big features, for the most part, regular users won’t notice any difference, because most of them were internal features.
It should also be noted that some of these features have been removed because they’re being replaced or because they weren’t popular enough for Microsoft to keep maintaining.