Microsoft has published an interesting article today which lists the features which won't be available in Windows 10. These features do not have a proper replacement yet Microsoft thinks they are no longer worth including in Windows 10. This is not a complete or all-exhaustive list of what is removed in Windows 10. There are many small features deleted in Windows 10 but here is a Microsoft-provided list of what's going away.
- Windows Media Center will be removed when you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center.
- Watching DVDs requires separate playback software. Windows Media Player won't be able to play DVDs.
- Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
- Windows 10 Home users will no longer have a choice to reject updates. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to delay updates.
- Classic Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released the Metro versions of "Microsoft Solitaire Collection" and "Microsoft Minesweeper."
- If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive which no longer has smart files which showed all synchronized and non-sychronized files in Explorer.
- If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer's website.
So what can you do? If you use a Media Centre app, look here: Windows Media Center for Windows 10 – here is a solution. For Windows games, you can download Windows 7 games for Windows 10 here: Get Windows 7 games for Windows 10. I think the worst change is definitely that Windows Updates are now forced on you in all editions. This behaviour was announced earlier and now confirmed. The rest of the removed features can be replaced by some third party apps. Will you miss these removed features?
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