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These are the Windows Features That Will No Longer Work When You Upgrade to Windows 10

What will be cut from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in the transition to Microsoft's new OS?

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Several existing features of Microsoft’s Windows 7 and 8.1 will no longer work when users make the transition to Windows 10, with Microsoft now having revealed the list of these features.

Windows 10 will be available for free for existing Windows 7 and 8.1 users if they upgrade within its first year of release, with the new operating system set to launch a brand new ecosystem for products running Microsoft software including desktops, the Xbox One and the upcoming HoloLens augmented reality headset. In order to provide greater clarity to existing Windows users in regards to what features won’t be making the jump to Windows 10, the company has provided us with a “feature deprecation” last that gives us the rundown on what will be absent from the new OS.

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Take a look:

  • If you 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 you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed.
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
  • 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 our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
  • If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website.
  • If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.

So looks like nothing of huge importance will be chopped from Windows during the jump to the next iteration of the operating system, aside from DVDs now requiring separate software in order to be played, which is hardly too much of a hassle, and the removal of Live Essentials which, again, isn’t too much of a big deal.

Windows 10 is set to be released on July 29th, with its PC edition being available to users first.

(Via Microsoft.com)