Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade for most people using Windows 7 or later on July 29th. It includes a number of new and improved features such as the Cortana personal assistant, Microsoft Edge web browser, Windows Hello automatic login, and a vastly improved experience for running Windows Store apps on a desktop or notebook.
But there are also some features which had been available in earlier versions of Windows which won’t be included in Windows 10.
- Native support for DVD playback
- Windows 7 desktop gadgets
- Native support for USB floppy drives
There are workarounds. If you still need USB floppy drive support, Microsoft suggests you should be able to download the latest driver through Windows Update for from the manufacturer’s website. Need DVD playback? Install a third-party app. Want desktop gadgets? You can try a third-party app like Desktop Gadgets or Rainmeter.
Microsoft will also remove the legacy versions of Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts games that may have come pre-installed on your computer. If you want them back, you can download the free Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper apps from the Windows Store.
As for Windows Media Center, there are plenty of third-party alternatives, although none of them offer exactly the same features as WMC. So if you rely Media Center for its digital video recording functions and free electronic program guide updates, you might just want to avoid upgrading to Windows 10 at all.