7 Features Getting Cut From Windows 10

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With Windows 10 just around the corner, and Microsoft rolling out Windows 10 upgrade buttons on Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers, many users are wondering what Windows 10 will bring. New versions of operating systems bring new features, but there are also features that are dropped along the way. Windows 10 is no exception, here’s seven features that didn’t quite make the cut.

Windows Media Center

The biggest feature to be dropped is Windows Media Center. If you currently have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and upgrade, Windows Media Center will be removed. Alternatives to streaming your content from other sources include Kodi/XBMC, Plex, or MediaPortal among others.

DVD Playback

The ability to play DVDs in Windows 10 will require separate playback software, there are quite a few alternatives out there so it’s not a huge issue but will be a bit of an inconvenience for some.

Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Remember those gadgets in Windows 7? I think I used a few of them for a day and never looked back. At any rate, gadgets won’t be making the upgrade to Windows 10 and will be removed when you upgrade.


No, updates themselves aren’t going to be removed from Windows 10. Rather the process will be changing a bit. Users of Windows 10 Home will have updates automatically available, while Pro and Enterprise users will have the option to defer updates until a later time.

Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts

The three staples of bored office workers, Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts were pre-installed on Windows 7 machines. Upgrade to Windows 10 and they’ll be removed. Don’t fret though, Solitaire and Minesweeper will be made available as Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper from the Store.

USB Floppy Drive Support

If you still use a USB floppy drive, you’ll need to install a driver from Windows Update or your manufacturer. Native support didn’t make the cut to Windows 10.

Windows Live Essentials

The Windows Live Essentials version of OneDrive will be replaced with a new version of OneDrive.

And there you have it, 7 features that didn’t make the cut to Windows 10. What do you think of the dropped features? What feature will you miss most? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Microsoft
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