Whenever a new iteration of Microsoft’s standard-bearing PC operating system comes out, people always look forward to the new features that will come with it. When Windows 10 releases at the end of next month — July 29th, to be exact — it will be adding a great deal of new functionality to PC’s running it. Some of these include the ability to stream games from an Xbox One to any Windows 10 PC, the addition of the Cortana digital assistant, and an ambitious multi-tasking “snap” feature that allows you to do even more at once.
Still, with new versions of Windows also come some older, well-liked features that simply need to be cut for a number of reasons, some of which are rooted in business, along with others that simply can’t be supported by a new operating system’s architecture. If your computer currently runs an older version of Windows and is eligible for the free upgrade to the new OS on July 29th, there are some features that you could lose by making the jump. These outgoing features are detailed on Microsoft’s Windows 10 specifications page, which lists these under a headline entitled the “feature depreciation section.” They read as follows:
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.
The biggest loss that will come with this upgrade is definitely for the Windows Media Center, which many people use as the centerpiece of their living room entertainment experience. Still, chances are that most Windows users don’t have the Media Center software, but even so, it’s too bad that it has to go. The use of floppy drives is so rare today that it would be unusual for the need to download new drivers for USB versions of the peripheral to have a huge impact on someone’s ability to use their computer, and everything else seems relatively innocuous.
That being said, the free upgrade opportunity is a helpful gesture for anyone looking to upgrade their OS anyways, and it should prove interesting to see how far and wide Windows 10’s reach is when it becomes available. For more on Windows 10 as we get closer to its release, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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