Windows 10 V1903: Candy Crush Saga out, MS Paint remains

[German]Just a brief information from the world of Microsoft regarding what is considered essential and important in the development of Windows 10. MS Paint remains as an application, but Candy Crush is out, a bit at least.


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MS Paint shall remain …

It is already a Dino under the Windows programs, Microsoft Paint was already present in the earliest Windows versions. But the painting program MS Paint is a bit outdated and has never really been extended. Sometime in autumn 2017 there was the message, that this application was classified as ‘deprecated’ (see my article Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (V1709): Things removed/deprecated). This is due to the fact, that Paint 3D is a graphics application already available in Windows 10. Later we got the information, that the program MS Paint come to Microsoft store as an app.

Now Microsoft product manager Brandon Le Blanc has confirmed in the above Tweet on a request that MS Paint remains in Windows 10 version 1903. (via)

Candy Crush Saga is out, a little

I basically never understood why Microsoft’s people in charge believed that a game app like Candy Crush Saga urgently needs to get into an operating system and then reinstall the stuff with each feature update.


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Now Tero Alhonen has freshly installed a Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 update) in the home version. He noticed that Candy Crush Saga does not appear in the start menu anymore (see tweet above).

Softpedia has addressed this and writes that Candy Crush Saga is no longer pre-installed on Windows 10 V1903 systems. It seems, that Microsoft has changed it’s view, what has to come pre-installed in Windows 10 May 2018 Update (Version 1903), because this version allows users to remove more unwanted apps from the operating system. 

The clean approach would have been not to install any apps. If a user thinks he needs them, he can get them from the Microsoft Store. Or Microsoft could offer such apps as packages via Features on Demand.

It depends on the type of installation

Experienced Windows 10 users know that the way the operating system is installed affects how it is set up. After all, Microsoft tries to turn on a Microsoft account for all users during the Windows installation (since Windows 8). Sometimes the selection of local user accounts was quite blocked during setup.

I have been installing Windows for years with local user accounts. This has the advantage that the folder names for the user profiles are derived from the local user name and not from the Microsoft account. The profile names are usually less cryptic than the folder names derived for new Microsoft accounts. Users who disconnect from the Internet during setup automatically benefit from local user accounts. The Windows setup does not offer any setup of a Microsoft account in this caue, because it cannot be verified. 

This installation with a local user account has yet another aspect, as Tero Alhonen communicates in a tweet. He had a Windows 10 version 1903 installed once with a Microsoft account (left image in the above tweet) and once with a local user account (right image in the above tweet). The left start menu from the image show in the above tweet was created during the installation with a Microsoft account and contains apps like Candy Crush Saga. The start menu shown in the right image comes without pre-installed bloatware like Candy Crush Saga.

A possible explanation for me: The Microsoft accounts store the configurations of previous installations. Since there was enough bloatware installed in earlier Windows 10 versions, the setup of Windows 10 V1903 recognize this and installs the unwanted apps. With a local user account this information is missing and only more essential apps are pre-installed. But I may be wrong.


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