Deprecated features for Windows client

Each version of Windows client adds new features and functionality. Occasionally, new versions also remove features and functionality, often because they've added a newer option. This article provides details about the features and functionalities that are no longer being developed in Windows client. For more information about features that have been removed, see Windows features removed.

For more information about features in Windows 11, see Feature deprecations and removals.

To understand the distinction between deprecation and removal, see Windows client features lifecycle.

The features in this article are no longer being actively developed, and might be removed in a future update. Some features have been replaced with other features or functionality and some are now available from other sources.

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Deprecated features

The following list is subject to change and might not include every affected feature or functionality.

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If you have feedback about the proposed replacement of any of these features, you can use the Feedback Hub app.

Feature Details and mitigation Deprecation announced
Windows Mixed Reality Windows Mixed Reality is deprecated and will be removed in Windows 11, version 24H2. This deprecation includes the Mixed Reality Portal app, Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR, and Steam VR Beta. Existing Windows Mixed Reality devices will continue to work with Steam through November 2026, if users remain on their current released version of Windows 11, version 23H2. After November 2026, Windows Mixed Reality will no longer receive security updates, nonsecurity updates, bug fixes, technical support, or online technical content updates.

This deprecation doesn't affect HoloLens. We remain committed to HoloLens and our enterprise customers.
December 2023
Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Edge Microsoft Defender Application Guard, including the Windows Isolated App Launcher APIs, is being deprecated for Microsoft Edge for Business and will no longer be updated. Please download the Microsoft Edge For Business Security Whitepaper to learn more about Edge for Business security capabilities. December 2023
Legacy console mode The legacy console mode is deprecated and no longer being updated. In future Windows releases, it will be available as an optional Feature on Demand. This feature won't be installed by default. December 2023
Windows speech recognition Windows speech recognition is deprecated and is no longer being developed. This feature is being replaced with voice access. Voice access is available for Windows 11, version 22H2, or later devices. Currently, voice access supports five English locales: English - US, English - UK, English - India, English - New Zealand, English - Canada, and English - Australia. For more information, see Setup voice access. December 2023
Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office, including the Windows Isolated App Launcher APIs, is being deprecated and will no longer be updated. We recommend transitioning to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint attack surface reduction rules along with Protected View and Windows Defender Application Control. November 2023
Steps Recorder (psr.exe) Steps Recorder is no longer being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. For screen recording, we recommend the Snipping Tool, Xbox Game Bar, or Microsoft Clipchamp. November 2023
Tips The Tips app is deprecated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. Content in the app will continue to be updated with information about new Windows features until the app is removed. November 2023
Computer Browser The Computer Browser driver and service are deprecated. The browser (browser protocol and service) is a dated and insecure device location protocol. This protocol, service, and driver were first disabled by default in Windows 10 with the removal of the SMB1 service. For more information on Computer Browser, see MS-BRWS Common Internet File System. November 2023
Webclient (WebDAV) Service The Webclient (WebDAV) service is deprecated. The Webclient service isn't started by default in Windows. For more information on WebDAV, see WebDAV - Win32 apps. November 2023
Remote Mailslots Remote Mailslots are deprecated. The Remote Mailslot protocol is a dated, simple, unreliable, insecure IPC method first introduced in MS DOS. This protocol was first disabled by default in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build . For more information on Remote Mailslots, see About Mailslots and [MS-MAIL]: Remote Mailslot Protocol. November 2023
Timeline for Microsoft Entra accounts Cross-device syncing of Microsoft Entra user activity history will stop starting in January 2024. Microsoft will stop storing this data in the cloud, aligning with the previous change for Microsoft accounts (MSA) in 2021. The timeline user experience was retired in Windows 11, although it remains in Windows 10. The timeline user experience and all your local activity history still remains on Windows 10 devices. Users can access web history using their browser and access recent files through OneDrive and Office. October 2023
VBScript VBScript is deprecated. In future releases of Windows, VBScript will be available as a feature on demand before its removal from the operating system. For more information, see Resources for deprecated features. October 2023
WordPad WordPad is no longer being updated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. We recommend Microsoft Word for rich text documents like .doc and .rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents like .txt. September 1, 2023
AllJoyn Microsoft's implementation of AllJoyn, which included the Windows.Devices.AllJoyn API namespace, a Win32 API, a management configuration service provider (CSP), and an Alljoyn Router Service has been deprecated. AllJoyn, sponsored by AllSeen Alliance, was an open source discovery and communication protocol for Internet of Things scenarios such as turning on/off lights or reading temperatures.AllSeen Alliance promoted the AllJoyn project from 2013 until 2016 when it merged with the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), the sponsors of Iotivity.org, another protocol for Internet of Things scenarios. Customers should refer to the Iotivity.org website for alternatives such as Iotivity Lite or Iotivity. August 17, 2023
TLS 1.0 and 1.1 Over the past several years, internet standards and regulatory bodies have deprecated or disallowed TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1 due to various security issues. Starting in Windows 11 Insider Preview builds for September 2023 and continuing in future Windows OS releases, TLS 1.0 and 1.1 will be disabled by default. This change increases the security posture of Windows customers and encourages modern protocol adoption. For organizations that need to use these versions, there's an option to re-enable TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1. For more information, see Resources for deprecated features. August 1, 2023
Cortana in Windows Cortana in Windows as a standalone app is deprecated. This change only impacts Cortana in Windows, and your productivity assistant, Cortana, will continue to be available in Outlook mobile, Teams mobile, Microsoft Teams display, and Microsoft Teams rooms. June 2023
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) MSDT is deprecated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. MSDT is used to gather diagnostic data for analysis by support professionals. For more information, see Resources for deprecated features January 2023
Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Applications for 32-bit Arm This change is applicable only to devices with an Arm processor, for example Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm. If you have a PC built with a processor from Intel or AMD, this content isn't applicable. If you aren't sure which type of processor you have, check Settings > System > About.

Support for 32-bit Arm versions of applications will be removed in a future release of Windows 11. After this change, for the small number of applications affected, app features might be different and you might notice a difference in performance. For more technical details about this change, see Update app architecture from Arm32 to Arm64.
January 2023
Update Compliance Update Compliance, a cloud-based service for the Windows client, is no longer being developed. This service has been replaced with Windows Update for Business reports, which provides reporting on client compliance with Microsoft updates from the Azure portal. November 2022
Windows Information Protection Windows Information Protection will no longer be developed in future versions of Windows. For more information, see Announcing sunset of Windows Information Protection (WIP).

For your data protection needs, Microsoft recommends that you use Microsoft Purview Information Protection and Microsoft Purview Data Loss Prevention.
July 2022
BitLocker To Go Reader Note: BitLocker to Go as a feature is still supported.
Reading of BitLocker-protected removable drives (BitLocker To Go) from Windows XP or Windows Vista in later operating systems is deprecated and might be removed in a future release of Windows client.
The following items might not be available in a future release of Windows client:
- ADMX policy: Allow access to BitLocker-protected removable data drives from earlier versions of Windows
- Command line parameter: manage-bde -DiscoveryVolumeType (-dv)
- Catalog file: c:\windows\BitLockerDiscoveryVolumeContents
- BitLocker 2 Go Reader app: bitlockertogo.exe and associated files
21H1
Personalization roaming Roaming of Personalization settings (including wallpaper, slideshow, accent colors, and lock screen images) is no longer being developed and might be removed in a future release. 21H1
Windows Management Instrumentation command-line (WMIC) utility. The WMIC utility is deprecated in Windows 10, version 21H1 and the 21H1 General Availability Channel release of Windows Server. This utility is superseded by Windows PowerShell for WMI. Note: This deprecation applies to only the command-line management utility. WMI itself isn't affected.

[Update - January 2024]: Currently, WMIC is a Feature on Demand (FoD) that's preinstalled by default in Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2. In the next release of Windows, the WMIC FoD will be disabled by default.
21H1
Timeline Starting in July 2021, if you have your activity history synced across your devices through your Microsoft account (MSA), you can't upload new activity in Timeline. For more information, see Get help with timeline. 20H2
Microsoft Edge The legacy version of Microsoft Edge is no longer being developed. 2004
Companion Device Framework The Companion Device Framework is no longer under active development. 2004
Dynamic Disks The Dynamic Disks feature is no longer being developed. This feature will be fully replaced by Storage Spaces in a future release. 2004
Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM), part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is no longer being developed. September 2019
Language Community tab in Feedback Hub The Language Community tab will be removed from the Feedback Hub. The standard feedback process: Feedback Hub - Feedback is the recommended way to provide translation feedback. 1909
My People / People in the Shell My People is no longer being developed. It may be removed in a future update. 1909
Package State Roaming (PSR) PSR will be removed in a future update. PSR allows non-Microsoft developers to access roaming data on devices, enabling developers of UWP applications to write data to Windows and synchronize it to other instantiations of Windows for that user.
 
The recommended replacement for PSR is Azure App Service. Azure App Service is widely supported, well documented, reliable, and supports cross-platform/cross-ecosystem scenarios such as iOS, Android and web.
 
PSR was removed in Windows 11.
1909
XDDM-based remote display driver The Remote Desktop Services uses a Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) based Indirect Display Driver (IDD) for a single session remote desktop. The support for Windows 2000 Display Driver Model (XDDM) based remote display drivers will be removed in a future release. Independent Software Vendors that use an XDDM-based remote display driver should plan a migration to the WDDM driver model. For more information on implementing remote display indirect display driver, check out Updates for IddCx versions 1.4 and later. 1903
Taskbar settings roaming Roaming of taskbar settings is no longer being developed and we plan to remove this capability in a future release. 1903
Wi-Fi WEP and TKIP Since the 1903 release, a warning message has appeared when connecting to Wi-Fi networks secured with WEP or TKIP (which aren't as secure as those using WPA2 or WPA3). In a future release, any connection to a Wi-Fi network using these old ciphers will be disallowed. Wi-Fi routers should be updated to use AES ciphers, available with WPA2 or WPA3. 1903
Print 3D app 3D Builder is the recommended 3D printing app. To 3D print objects on new Windows devices, customers must first install 3D Builder from the Store. 1903
Companion device dynamic lock APIS The companion device framework (CDF) APIs enable wearables and other devices to unlock a PC. In Windows 10, version 1709, we introduced Dynamic Lock, including an inbox method using Bluetooth to detect whether a user is present and lock or unlock the PC. Because of this reason, and because non-Microsoft partners didn't adopt the CDF method, we're no longer developing CDF Dynamic Lock APIs. 1809
OneSync service The OneSync service synchronizes data for the Mail, Calendar, and People apps. We've added a sync engine to the Outlook app that provides the same synchronization. 1809
Software Restriction Policies in Group Policy Instead of using the Software Restriction Policies through Group Policy, you can use AppLocker or Windows Defender Application Control to control which apps users can access and what code can run in the kernel. 1803
Offline symbol packages (Debug symbol MSIs) We're no longer making the symbol packages available as a downloadable MSI. Instead, the Microsoft Symbol Server is moving to be an Azure-based symbol store. If you need the Windows symbols, connect to the Microsoft Symbol Server to cache your symbols locally or use a manifest file with SymChk.exe on a computer with internet access. 1803
Windows Help Viewer (WinHlp32.exe) All Windows help information is available online. The Windows Help Viewer is no longer supported in Windows 10. For more information, see Error opening Help in Windows-based programs: "Feature not included" or "Help not supported". 1803
MBAE service metadata The MBAE app experience is replaced by an MO UWP app. For more information, see Developer guide for creating service metadata 1803
Contacts feature in File Explorer We're no longer developing the Contacts feature or the corresponding Windows Contacts API. Instead, you can use the People app in Windows 10 to maintain your contacts. 1803
Phone Companion Use the Phone page in the Settings app. In Windows 10, version 1709, we added the new Phone page to help you sync your mobile phone with your PC. It includes all the Phone Companion features. 1803
IPv4/6 Transition Technologies (6to4, ISATAP, Teredo, and Direct Tunnels) 6to4 has been disabled by default since Windows 10, version 1607 (the Anniversary Update), ISATAP has been disabled by default since Windows 10, version 1703 (the Creators Update), Teredo has been disabled since Windows 10, version 1803. The Direct Tunnels feature has always been disabled by default. Use native IPv6 support instead. 1803
Layered Service Providers Layered Service Providers haven't been developed since Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Use the Windows Filtering Platform instead. When you upgrade from an older version of Windows, any layered service providers you're using aren't migrated; you'll need to reinstall them after upgrading. 1803
Business Scanning This feature is also called Distributed Scan Management (DSM) (Added 05/03/2018)
 
The Scan Management functionality was introduced in Windows 7 and enabled secure scanning and the management of scanners in an enterprise. We're no longer investing in this feature, and there are no devices available that support it.
1803
IIS 6 Management Compatibility* We recommend that users use alternative scripting tools and a newer management console. 1709
IIS Digest Authentication We recommend that users use alternative authentication methods. 1709
RSA/AES Encryption for IIS We recommend that users use CNG encryption provider. 1709
Screen saver functionality in Themes Disabled in Themes. Screen saver functionality in Group Policies, Control Panel, and Sysprep continues to be functional. Lock screen features and policies are preferred. 1709
Sync your settings (updated: August 17, 2017) Back-end changes: In future releases, the back-end storage for the current sync process will change. A single cloud storage system will be used for Enterprise State Roaming and all other users. The Sync your settings options and the Enterprise State Roaming feature will continue to work. 1709
System Image Backup (SIB) Solution This feature is also known as the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) legacy control panel. For full-disk backup solutions, look for a third-party product from another software publisher. You can also use OneDrive to sync data files with Microsoft 365. 1709
TLS RC4 Ciphers To be disabled by default. For more information, see TLS (Schannel SSP) changes in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 1709
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management This functionality within TPM.msc will be migrated to a new user interface. 1709
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM Remote Management To be replaced by a new user interface in a future release. 1709
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management This functionality within TPM.msc will be migrated to a new user interface. 1709
Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses Microsoft Configuration Manager Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Federation Services - Registration Authority (ADFS RA) deployment is simpler and provides a better user experience and a more deterministic certificate enrollment experience. 1709
Windows PowerShell 2.0 Applications and components should be migrated to PowerShell 5.0+. 1709
Apndatabase.xml Apndatabase.xml is being replaced by the COSA database. Therefore, some constructs will no longer function. This replacement includes Hardware ID, incoming SMS messaging rules in mobile apps, a list of privileged apps in mobile apps, autoconnect order, APN parser, and CDMAProvider ID. 1703
Tile Data Layer The Tile Data Layer database stopped development in Windows 10, version 1703. 1703
TLS DHE_DSS ciphers DisabledByDefault TLS RC4 Ciphers will be disabled by default in this release. 1703
TCPChimney TCP Chimney Offload is no longer being developed. See Performance Tuning Network Adapters. 1703
IPsec Task Offload IPsec Task Offload versions 1 and 2 are no longer being developed and shouldn't be used. 1703
wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:####### /quiet The wusa tool usage to quietly uninstall an update has been deprecated. The uninstall command with /quiet switch fails with event ID 8 in the Setup event log. Uninstalling updates quietly could be a security risk because malicious software could quietly uninstall an update in the background without user intervention. 1507
Applies to Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019.