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FYI: Windows 10 Fall Creator Features that have been removed or made obsolete in latest version of Windows 10

Question asked by elstaci on Jan 24, 2018
Latest reply on Jan 29, 2018 by elstaci

Yesterday I tried to restore a System Image backup because my computer was acting really erratic after updating some drivers. My Monitor kept losing it image to black from a  couple of seconds to about 30 seconds constantly. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Old and new GPU drivers with the same result. Decided to use CRU feature to restart GPU driver and card. same difference. Then I made a major booboo. I clicked on Recovery Mode from CRU. Immediately got a permanent black screen. Restarted the computer three times knowing it will get me to the Troubleshooting page. I then clicked on restoring my System Image from January 5th. The System Image restore failed for the first time since I have been using that feature since I was using Windows 7. Not only did it fail once but twice in a row. Finally I found a workaround by booting from BIOS directly into one of my internal Hard drives that I copied the Windows Installation disk to. Finally I was able to make a successful restore of my System Image backup. Googled the failure and found out from MS Forum that Microsoft Redacted (made obsolete) SIB (System Image Backup) by preventing it from restoring. One of the commenter showed  a link to the official document which I have copied here in its entirety.

Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update




The following features and functionalities in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update are either removed from the product in the current release (“Removed”) or are not in active development and might be removed in future releases (“Deprecated”).This list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning. The list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality.For more information about a listed feature or functionality and its replacement, see the documentation for that feature. You can also follow the provided links in this table to see additional resources.



More Information

Removed and deprecated features

3D Builder appNo longer installed by default. Consider using Print 3D and Paint 3D in its place. However, 3D Builder is still available for download from the Microsoft Store.X
Apndatabase.xmlFor more information about the replacement database, see the following Hardware Dev Center articles:

MO Process to update COSA

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)Use will be blocked. Consider using the Exploit Protection feature of Windows Defender Exploit Guard as a replacement.X
IIS 6 Management CompatibilityWe recommend that users use alternative scripting tools and a newer management console. X
IIS Digest AuthenticationWe recommend that users use alternative authentication methods. X
Microsoft PaintWill be available through the Microsoft Store. Functionality integrated into Paint 3D. X
Outlook ExpressRemoving this non-functional legacy code.X
Reader appFunctionality to be integrated into Microsoft Edge.X
Reading ListFunctionality to be integrated into Microsoft Edge.X
Resilient File System (ReFS)Creation ability will be available in the following editions only: Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.

Creation ability will be removed from all other editions.  All other editions will have Read and Write ability.
(added: August 17, 2017)
RSA/AES Encryption for IISWe recommend that users use CNG encryption provider. X
Screen saver functionality in ThemesTo be disabled in Themes (classified as "Removed" in this table). Screen saver functionality in Group Policies, Control Panel, and Sysprep is now deprecated but continues to be functional. Lockscreen features and policies are preferred. X X
Sync your settingsBack-end changes: In future releases, the back-end storage for the current sync process will change. A single cloud storage system will be used for Enterprise State Roaming and all other users. The "Sync your settings" options and the Enterprise State Roaming feature will continue to work.(updated: August 17, 2017) X
Syskey.exeRemoving this nonsecure security feature. We recommend that users use BitLocker instead. For more information, see the following Knowledge Base article:4025993 Syskey.exe utility is no longer supported in Windows 10 RS3 and Windows Server 2016 RS3X
System Image Backup (SIB) SolutionWe recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors. X
TCP Offload EngineRemoving this legacy code. This functionality was previously transitioned to the Stack TCP Engine. For more information, see the following PFE Platform Blog article:Why Are We Deprecating Network Performance Features (KB4014193)?X
Tile Data LayerTo be replaced by the Tile Store.X
TLS RC4 CiphersTo be disabled by default. For more information, see the following Windows IT Center topic:TLS (Schannel SSP) changes in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 X
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner PasswordManagementThis legacy code to be removed. X
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM Remote ManagementTo be replaced by a new user interface in a future release. X
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote ManagementThis legacy code to be removed in a future release. X
Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration ManagerWindows Server 2016 Active Directory Federation Services – Registration Authority (ADFS RA) deployment is simpler and provides a better user experience and a more deterministic certificate enrollment experience. X
Windows PowerShell 2.0Applications and components should be migrated to PowerShell 5.0+. X



Applies to

This article applies to the following:
  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update




Last Updated: Dec 12, 2017


Needless to say, people from MS Forum weren't to pleased to find this out until after they tried to restore a System Image Backup.