After Windows 10 was released, Microsoft included a small collection of 3D tools on the operating system a couple of years later in 2017, as part of its evolving stylus support and attempts to update the original, legacy Paint application.
Last month, Microsoft announced on its Windows Blog that it was removing the 3D Objects folder in a future version of Windows 10 – and that it was being tested on the Insider Preview Build. However, the company is now turning it into an ‘optional’ download, according to rea report by Windows Latest.
What does this mean for the average user? If you don’t use Microsoft Paint 3D, you won’t miss the removal of the features on an upcoming build. But even after you remove the Paint 3D app from your PC right now, you will still see an option to Edit with Paint 3D. If you have uninstalled the app in the past, and happen to click that edit option, they would see an option to download the app all over again, which is simply pointless.
According to the report, Microsoft has reportedly fixed this nagging issue with Paint 3D appearing in the context menu with the upcoming Build 21332. Microsoft said that “the inability to remove Paint 3D from the context menu” should be addressed after upgrading to that build.
But perhaps most importantly, Microsoft will now ensure that Paint 3D and the other major 3D app called Microsoft 3D viewer will not be installed by default on Windows 10 – if a user decides to format their hard drive and perform a fresh install. The next major update for Windows coming later this year will also get rid of the 3D Objects folder located in every Windows 10 user’s home folder, according to the report.