The next Windows 10 update will retire Paint, and much more

Due out this year is another update to Windows 10, this time called the “Fall Creators Update”. In contrast to the Creators Update launched earlier this year, the Fall Creators Update is much bigger, introducing a wide range of fixes, updates, additions and new software, which makes it a much bigger deal. Ahead of the launch, which might happen in late August or September, Microsoft has detailed all of the deprecated or removed features in the update, and it looks like they’re finally burying MS Paint for good.

A newly publicised page from Microsoft’s Support Center details features that are removed or deprecated in Fall Creators Update. Many of these features or functions will be legacy code that Microsoft could finally chop out of the final Windows 10 build, seeing as those components are no longer used. It won’t impact the default install size of Windows 10 that much, so there’s no real space savings to look forward to.

However, some functionality and applications are being taken away too. Some of it is necessary for security and stability, and some of it is Microsoft trying to push people off using legacy networks and servers and into using their newer software or subscription services.

Deprecated Removed
Microsoft 3D Builder App* X
APN Database for mobile broadband* X
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)* X
Internet Information Services 6 Management Compatibility X
Internet Information Services Authentication X
Microsoft Paint* X
Outlook Express base code X
Microsoft Reader App* X
Microsoft Reading List* X
RSA/AES Encryption Support for Internet Information Services X
Windows Settings Sync Across Devices* X
Windows Screensaver setup* X X
Syskey functionality for system encryption X
System Image Backup* X
TCP Offload Engine X
Tile Data Layer for tile updates X
TLS Ciphers for encryption X
Trusted Platform Module Owner Password Management X
Trusted Platform Module Management Interfaces X
Trusted Platform Module Remote Management X
Windows Hello for Business using System Center Configuration Manager X
Microsoft Windows Powershell 2.0 X

A lot of these features are used and available for small to medium enterprise networks that require robust security, so most of this list isn’t going to affect the public’s experience of Windows 10 in general. I have added an asterisk by those features, however, and some of them are going to be big changes.

The big ones are the deprecation of Microsoft Paint and System Image Backup. Deprecation in this case means that if you upgrade a computer with this software installed already, it will continue to work for you after the update. Fresh installations with the updated install media, however, won’t have these applications. Losing Paint is a pretty big shift. Microsoft hasn’t touched it since they last updated it with Windows 8, and it’s been a staple for every version of Windows for over 15 years. Microsoft does have Paint 3D as a replacement, but it’s not at all like the Paint you remember, and it’s not any better for basic image editing.

To their credit, they do plan to package Paint into its own format using the Windows Store and the Centennial Bridge, but at this point there’s no reason to do that. Putting it on the store means that users will likely download the wrong app, and it’s one more thing that system administrators need to test when it updates itself.

Losing full system backups is also not great. This is a legacy system designed for Windows 7 which still works perfectly, but Microsoft now prefers that users use the File History service as a form of data recovery, and to use OneDrive to back up critical files and documents up into the cloud. If you still want to use full system backups in your backup schemes, you’ll have to use a third-party service that can hook into the Volume Shadow Copy service. This deprecation also applies to being able to create system restore discs, so that’s now officially unsupported now.

The Fall Creators Update is expected to land in September 2017. If you want to have a crack at it before the general public does, you can sign up to the Windows Insiders program to be put into the testing rings.

Source: Microsoft Support

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