The latest operating system from Microsoft - Windows 10 - is definitely full of new things when compared to previous versions of Windows. But, like all things in life, there are also things missing from it, things people used and loved. If you’ve just upgraded from Windows 7, there are quite a few features and applications which are no longer present in Windows 10, and which you’ll probably miss. In this article, we’re going to tell you which are the most important, and who knows, if you didn’t already upgrade to Windows 10, maybe after you’ll see what’s missing, you’ll never do the upgrade anyway. Let’s get started:
1. Goodbye Windows Media Center!
For media lovers, Windows Media Center was one of the most useful apps in Windows 7. It used to be the “go to” solution when you wanted to watch a movie, listen to music, look at the pictures and videos on your computer, or when you wanted to record TV shows. No more of that now… Microsoft has decided to remove Windows Media Center from Windows 10.
If you’re interested in a good replacement for Windows Media Center, one which we used and we liked, is Kodi. This is a free and open-source software media center that is, in many ways, very similar to Windows Media Center.
2. No more DVD playback by default
Together with the removal of Windows Media Center from Windows 10, Microsoft also decided to no longer support DVD playback by default. If you’re wondering why, the answer is probably tied to the fact that the company had to pay a fee for every codec with a license that was included in their operating system. In order to lower the cost of each Windows 10 license, especially considering the fact that they gave it for free for anyone willing to upgrade from Windows 7, the company removed DVD playback support.
If you own DVD discs or Blu-ray discs, and you’re looking for a good DVD player, we recommend you to take a look at VLC media player. The popular app is free and open source, and can play almost any kind of video.
3. Forget about creating your own DVDs with Windows DVD Maker
Windows DVD Maker was also removed from Windows 10. In fact, Microsoft removed it when they released Windows 8. Apparently, the company believes that DVDs are an old technology, and that DVDs are rapidly losing their appeal to users. That may be true, because USB flash drives have slowly but steadily been taking DVD discs’ place for storage needs.
Yet, some people still prefer DVD discs instead USB memory sticks. If you’re one of them, but you use Windows 10, you can find a few alternatives to Windows DVD Maker in this article: The 3 best free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker.
4. Desktop gadgets are history
We don’t know about you, but we always liked the desktop gadgets from Windows 7. They were one of the little things that made our desktop unique and useful at the same time. Unfortunately, it looks like they had to go, because they were a serious security threat to anyone using them. Windows gadgets could be exploited by hackers to get complete control of your computer, which is definitely not something you’d want. If you’d like to know more about gadgets and why they were removed from Windows 10, read this web page from Microsoft: Gadgets have been discontinued.
An alternative to the gadgets from Windows 7 is the Rainmeter desktop customization tool. It’s free and open source, and it lets you customize your Windows computer with various skins and applets very similar to the gadgets you had in Windows 7.
5. Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts are no longer bundled games
Microsoft has decided to remove from Windows 10 the most popular games of all time: Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts. However, after a while, the company developed new versions of Solitaire and Minesweeper which also work on devices with touch. They are now called Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper, and they can be downloaded from the WindowsStore. There is no Hearts game available at the moment. Also, both Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper are not truly free games. You can download and play them for free, but you’ll have to put up with a lot of ads that Microsoft has put in them. Unfortunately, if you want to get rid of these ads, you must pay to remove them.
6. You can’t disable Windows updates
One of the most annoying features that were removed by Microsoft in Windows 10, is that you cannot disable the automatic updates of the operating system, like you could do in Windows 7.
The only option you have for stopping updates in Windows 10 is literally shutting down your computer, or disconnect it from the internet. Otherwise, your Windows 10 computer will make updates on a regular basis, without your being able to stop them.
This is especially annoying for the Home edition of Windows 10, which can’t even postpone updates by a few days.
7. The libraries are not shown by default in File Explorer
The libraries are a feature first introduced by Microsoft in Windows 7 and, since then, they proved to be one of the most useful features of Windows Explorer. Libraries are the easiest way of managing and organizing files and folders efficiently in Windows, be it in Windows 7 or Windows 10. Unfortunately, libraries are no longer being displayed by default in Windows 10’s File Explorer. However, you can re-enable them, if you follow the steps from this guide: How To Get Back The Libraries In Windows 8.1 And Windows 10.
8. There is no Network Map in the Network and Sharing Center
Windows 7 used to offer us a feature called Network Map. It was something found in the Network and Sharing Center and it was a fun and easy way of showing you the map of the computers and devices that were connected to your local home network. Unfortunately, this feature is no longer present in Windows 10, and we honestly don’t have a clue about why Microsoft chose to remove it.
9. Your PC is no longer rated with a Windows Experience Index score
In Windows 7, Microsoft evaluated your computer’s performance with a so-called Windows Experience Index. This index was an average score that Microsoft gave for your computer, taking into consideration different hardware components and their ability to run certain computing tasks. The Windows Experience Index evaluated things like the processor, RAM memory, graphics power and hard disk speed. The result of Windows 7’s measurements was a number that could be used by people to see what hardware components needed an upgrade. If you want to, you can read more about how it used to work, in this article: The Windows Experience Index - How to Use it & Interpret the Results.
This feature no longer exists in Windows 10.
10. There’s no “Get Windows 10” app in Windows 10! :)
Which is great and ironic at the same time… :) If you’ve used Windows 7 in the last 2 years or so, you surely met the “Get Windows 10” app, and unless you used it to upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 10, then you’re very likely to have absolutely hated it. After all, the “Get Windows 10” was nothing else than pesky adware, if you ask us. On the other hand though, Windows 10 doesn’t have it. :) Hooray!
Windows 10 is different from Windows 7 and that’s obvious, not only because it looks and works differently, but also because all kinds of apps and features from Windows 7 are no longer present in Windows 10. Whether that’s a good thing or not, we’ll leave it to you to decide. And, if you know of other things that went missing in Windows 10 but were useful in Windows 7, don’t hesitate to share them with us too, in the comments below.