Why did Win­dows CU delete this file?

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QI am run­ning Win­dows 10 Home 64bit with an Nvidia Ge­force GTX 710 graph­ics card. Fol­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion of the Cre­ators Up­date (CU) I re­ceived a no­ti­fi­ca­tion that said some­thing about Nvidia’s Nv Stream Net­work Ser­vice hav­ing been re­moved from my PC be­cause it wouldn’t work with this ver­sion of Win­dows. What is this, and should I be wor­ried? I have not no­ticed any dif­fer­ence in any­thing I do. Adrian Kenyon

AThis re­lates to Nvidia’s ill-fated Shield hand­held gam­ing gad­get, which we’re guess­ing you must’ve pre­vi­ously pur­chased and set up for use with your PC. This ser­vice is re­spon­si­ble for send­ing streamed game data from your PC to the Shield. We’re as­sum­ing you no longer do this, which is why you’ve not no­ticed any dif­fer­ence.

It’s not clear from the Win­dows mes­sage whether a more re­cent ver­sion of the ser­vice has been in­stalled, but if you do ever re­turn to stream­ing Win­dows games to your Shield then you might need to up­date the driv­ers — get the latest ones for your card from www.ge­force.co.uk/ driv­ers.

Note, though, that while Nvidia hasn’t of­fi­cially killed off the Shield nor has the firm shown any in­di­ca­tion that it in­tends to con­tinue the prod­uct’s de­vel­op­ment. The Shield was re­leased in 2013, and there’s been nary a peep out of Nvidia since, so it’s very likely an ob­so­lete prod­uct.

The Nvidia Shield games con­sole was launched in 2013

Should you need to up­date your driv­ers for Shield, you can find the latest ones on the Ge­force web­site

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