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Goodbye Windows Media Center and desktop gadgets, these features and more will be cut from Windows 10

As we previously reported, Windows 10 will launch on July 29.  Today we found out which previous Windows features will no longer be available in the latest version.  Bear in mind, these are subject to change, so keep an eye on the Windows 10 specifications page if you want to stay up to date:

Feature deprecation section

  • 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.

Personally, it’s not really that bad, though I’ll need to find an alternative to my clock gadget that tells me what time it is in n3rdabl3 land, as opposed to future Australia land, where I live.  The other iffy ones, in my opinion, are the removal of Windows Media Center and the requirement for specific playback software to watch DVDs.  Slightly annoying, however with the huge raft of other methods of consuming media available to us these days, it’s probably not a deal-breaker for most people.

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