Windows 10 Fall Creators Update removes these features

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update arrive shortly on your computers. It brings a lot of new features and functionality to your computer. But with every major Windows Update, some old and non-functional components are removed. This post talks about the features that are going to be removed and deprecated from Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Features deprecated or removed in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

3D Builder App

Features deprecated or removed in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The 3D Builder app will be no more installed by default. It is recommended to use the Paint 3D application instead. But if you still wish to use this application you can still download it from Windows Store.

Microsoft Paint

Yes, it has been quite a lot of time this tool has been around. But Microsoft plans to deprecate the tool and eventually remove it from future updates. If you use MS Paint a lot, it is time to get comfortable with other tools as well.

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)

EMET is a Windows security tool that can prevent you from vulnerable third party applications. Microsoft plans to remove it from Windows and users should consider using the Windows Defender Exploit Guard as a replacement to EMET.

Outlook Express

Outlook Express was an email client which was discontinued a few years ago. And the latest Windows will come with all its non-functional legacy code removed.

Screen Savers

You might have to say goodbye to screen savers on your computer as they will be no longer available in ‘Themes’. But there might be workarounds available as Screen Savers are only deprecated from Group Policies. But we can expect Microsoft to completely remove Screen Savers from Windows, and the users should use Lock Screen mode widely.

System Image Backups

The built-in utility to create system backups has been deprecated from the Fall Creators Update, and Microsoft recommends to use third party software to perform full system backups.


Syskey is a utility that encrypts the hashed password information in a SAM database in a Windows system using a 128-bit RC4 encryption key that, by default, is stored in the Windows registry. It has been claimed that Syskey can increase ransomware risks, so it has been removed from the fall creators update.

Read: ReFS creation feature will be removed in Windows 10 Pro Fall Creators Update.

Reader App

The Reader app came pre-installed with Windows. Since the reading functionality is now available in Microsoft Edge, Microsoft plans to remove this application from the OS.

Reading List

Same goes for Reading List application, all the reading functionality will be available from Microsoft Edge, and this application will be removed from fall creators update and so on.

Windows PowerShell 2.0

PowerShell 2.0 has been deprecated from this update, so you might want to upgrade your application and components to PowerShell version 5.0 or more.

These were a few things that are going to be removed or deprecated from the Windows Fall Creators Update. There are few other technical things that are going to be removed. Click here for complete list.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Dan

    Thanks for the tips!

  2. ReadandShare

    System Image Backup? Good riddance! Got burned using both Win 7 and Win 10 versions. Use Macrium or EaseUS instead.

  3. I heard that the MS Paint application will be available for download from the Windows Store though.

  4. Ashton

    want to go back from 1709 to 1703. Don’t see this option anymore under recovery

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