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5 Features That Will Disappear in Windows 10 and How to Get Them Back


When Windows 10 finally comes out for public use, you’ll be surprised to notice that some of your favorite features from previous versions of Windows OS would be missing.  

According to a recent revelation, Windows 7 remains to be a fun favorite of all Windows operating systems. Very few PCs, about 16%, run on Windows 8 and 8.1 while the rest is dominated by Vista and XP. As you prepare to buy a new Windows 10 PC or upgrade to this new OS, you might find yourself in a quandary. Even though this OS will come in with lots of new and amazing features, users will also find out that many of their most coveted Windows features have been left out.

While these features might be missing from the new Windows 10 OS, it doesn’t mean that you can live entirely without them once you jump to this new operating system. In this regard, here is a list of some of the top features that will be missing from the upcoming Windows 10 and recommendations on how to get around them.

Windows Media Center

When new versions of Windows 8 started shipping back in 2012, there was an evident omission of the Windows Media Center. As a result, those upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or 8.1 will no longer be able to use the Windows Media Center. This is the same case with Windows 10. It seems Microsoft was simply laying the groundwork in the previous OS. Some alternatives to the WMC are Plex, Kodi and MediaPortal.

DVD Playback

According to Microsoft, DVDs will have to use a separate playback application in Windows 10. However, this doesn’t mean you cannot watch DVDs on your PC just because Microsoft does not supply you with the required playback software. Other viable options for playing DVDs include VLC Media Player, CyberLink PowerDVD or even Corel WinDVD.

Desktop gadgets

You will no longer see your favorite Windows 7 gadgets once you upgrade to the latest Windows 10. However, you can still get a taste of this feature with the help of an application like 8GadgetPack. Better still, you can enjoy similar functionality with the live tiles available in Windows 10, for instance, the Weather Channel comes with a modern app that displays all of your current conditions.

Solitaire, Hearts and Minesweeper

These are games that have been dominating the Windows platform for quite some time now. However, they were already non-standard on the outgoing Windows 8 as well as on some versions of Windows 7. However, one sure thing is that they won’t be shipped together with Windows 10. If you still love these games, you can still get official versions from Microsoft or any other third party website.

Floppy drive support

If you are still using a floppy drive in 2015, then you must be one weird dude. However, you may still be having a report stored on a floppy drive from back in 1990s and you want to open it on a Windows 10 PC, what do you do? The recommended solution to this problem is to download and install the latest drivers from Windows Update or get it from the website of the manufacturer.