Features and functionality removed in 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 functionality that have been removed in Windows client.

For more information about features that might be removed in a future release, see Deprecated features for Windows client.


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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.

Removed features and functionality

The following features and functionalities have been removed from the installed product image for Windows client. Applications or code that depend on these features won't function in the release when it was removed, or in later releases.

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

Feature Details and mitigation Support removed
Update Compliance Update Compliance, a cloud-based service for the Windows client, is retired. This service has been replaced with Windows Update for Business reports, which provides reporting on client compliance with Microsoft updates from the Azure portal. March 31, 2023
Store uploader tool Support has been removed for the store uploader tool. This tool is included in the Windows SDK only. The endpoint for the tool has been removed from service and the files will be removed from the SDK in the next release. November 2022
Internet Explorer 11 The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application is retired and out of support as of June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10. You can still access older, legacy sites that require Internet Explorer with Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge. Learn how. The Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will progressively redirect to the faster, more secure Microsoft Edge browser, and will ultimately be disabled via Windows Update. Disable IE today. June 15, 2022
XDDM-based remote display driver Support for Windows 2000 Display Driver Model (XDDM) based remote display drivers is removed in this release. Software publishers 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, see Updates for IddCx versions 1.4 and later. 21H1
Microsoft Edge The legacy version of Microsoft Edge is no longer supported after March 9, 2021. For more information, see End of support reminder for Microsoft Edge Legacy. 21H1
MBAE service metadata The MBAE app experience is replaced by an MO UWP app. Metadata for the MBAE service is removed. 20H2
Connect app The Connect app for wireless projection using Miracast is no longer installed by default, but is available as an optional feature. To add the feature, select Settings > System > Optional features > Add a feature (Windows 10) or Settings > System > Optional features > Add an optional feature (Windows 11), and then add the Wireless Display feature. 2004
Rinna and Japanese Address suggestion The Rinna and Japanese Address suggestion service for Microsoft Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) ended on August 13, 2020. For more information, see Rinna and Japanese Address suggestion will no longer be offered 2004
Windows To Go Windows To Go was announced as deprecated in Windows 10, version 1903 and is removed in this release. 2004
Mobile Plans and Messaging apps Both apps are still supported, but are now distributed in a different way. OEMs can now include these apps in Windows images for cellular enabled devices. The apps are removed for noncellular devices. 2004
PNRP APIs The Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) cloud service was shut down in Windows 10, version 1809. We're planning to complete the removal process by removing the corresponding APIs.

[Update - February 2024]: The corresponding Windows APIs will be removed in Windows 11, version 24H2. DNS-SD and mDNS are recommended alternatives for implementing service discovery scenarios.
Taskbar settings roaming Roaming of taskbar settings is removed in this release. This feature was announced as no longer being developed in Windows 10, version 1903. 1909
Desktop messaging app doesn't offer messages sync The messaging app on Desktop has a sync feature that can be used to sync SMS text messages received from Windows Mobile and keep a copy of them on the Desktop. The sync feature has been removed from all devices. Due to this change, you'll only be able to access messages from the device that received the message. 1903
Business Scanning also called Distributed Scan Management (DSM) We're removing this secure scanning and scanner management capability - there are no devices that support this feature. 1809
FontSmoothing setting in unattend.xml The FontSmoothing setting lets you specify the font antialiasing strategy to use across the system. We've changed Windows 10 to use ClearType by default, so we're removing this setting as it is no longer necessary. If you include this setting in the unattend.xml file, it will be ignored. 1809
Hologram app We've replaced the Hologram app with the Mixed Reality Viewer. If you would like to create 3D word art, you can still do that in Paint 3D and view your art in VR or HoloLens with the Mixed Reality Viewer. 1809
limpet.exe We're releasing the limpet.exe tool, used to access TPM for Azure connectivity, as open source. 1809
Phone Companion When you update to Windows 10, version 1809, the Phone Companion app will be removed from your PC. Use the Phone page in the Settings app to sync your mobile phone with your PC. It includes all the Phone Companion features. 1809
Future updates through Windows Embedded Developer Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7-SP1 (WES7-SP1) and Windows Embedded Standard 8 (WES8) We're no longer publishing new updates to the WEDU server. Instead, download any new updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Learn how to get updates from the catalog. 1809
Groove Music Pass We ended the Groove streaming music service and music track sales through the Microsoft Store in 2017. The Groove app is being updated to reflect this change. You can still use Groove Music to play the music on your PC. You can use Spotify or other music services to stream music on Windows 10, or to buy music to own. 1803
People - Suggestions will no longer include unsaved contacts for non-Microsoft accounts Manually save the contact details for people you send mail to or get mail from. 1803
Language control in the Control Panel Use the Settings app to change your language settings. 1803
HomeGroup We're removing HomeGroup but not your ability to share printers, files, and folders.

When you update to Windows 10, version 1803, you won't see HomeGroup in File Explorer, the Control Panel, or Troubleshoot (Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot). Any printers, files, and folders that you shared using HomeGroup will continue to be shared.

Instead of using HomeGroup, you can now share printers, files and folders by using features that are built into Windows 10:
- Share your network printer
- Share files in File Explorer
Connect to suggested open hotspots option in Wi-Fi settings We previously disabled the Connect to suggested open hotspots option and are now removing it from the Wi-Fi settings page. You can manually connect to free wireless hotspots with Network & Internet settings, from the taskbar or Control Panel, or by using Wi-Fi Settings (for mobile devices). 1803
XPS Viewer We're changing the way you get XPS Viewer. In Windows 10, version 1709 and earlier versions, the app is included in the installation image. If you have XPS Viewer and you update to Windows 10, version 1803, there's no action required. You'll still have XPS Viewer.

However, if you install Windows 10, version 1803, on a new device (or as a clean installation), you can install XPS Viewer from Apps and Features in the Settings app or through Features on Demand. If you had XPS Viewer in Windows 10, version 1709, but manually removed it before updating, you'll need to manually reinstall it.
3D Builder app No longer installed by default. Consider using Print 3D and Paint 3D in its place. However, 3D Builder is still available for download from the Windows Store. 1709
Apndatabase.xml For more information about the replacement database, see the following Hardware Dev Center articles:
MO Process to update COSA
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) Use of this feature will be blocked. Consider using Exploit Protection as a replacement. 1709
Outlook Express This legacy application will be removed due to lack of functionality. 1709
Reader app Functionality to be integrated into Microsoft Edge. 1709
Reading List Functionality to be integrated into Microsoft Edge. 1709
Screen saver functionality in Themes This functionality is disabled in Themes, and classified as Removed in this table. Screen saver functionality in Group Policies, Control Panel, and Sysprep continues to be functional. Lock screen features and policies are preferred. 1709
Syskey.exe Removing this nonsecure security feature. We recommend that users use BitLocker instead. For more information, see 4025993 Syskey.exe utility is no longer supported in Windows 10 RS3 and Windows Server 2016 RS3. 1709
TCP Offload Engine Removing this legacy code. This functionality was previously transitioned to the Stack TCP Engine. For more information, see Why Are We Deprecating Network Performance Features? 1709
Tile Data Layer To be replaced by the Tile Store. 1709
Resilient File System (ReFS) (added: August 17, 2017) Creation ability will be available in the following editions only: Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. Creation ability will be removed from all other editions. All other editions will have Read and Write ability. 1709
By default, Flash autorun in Microsoft Edge is turned off. Use the Click-to-Run (C2R) option instead. (This setting can be changed by the user.) 1703
Interactive Service Detection Service See Interactive Services for guidance on how to keep software up to date. 1703
Microsoft Paint This application won't be available for languages that aren't on the full localization list. 1703
NPN support in TLS This feature is superseded by Application-Layer Protocol Negotiation (ALPN). 1703
Windows Information Protection "AllowUserDecryption" policy Starting in Windows 10, version 1703, AllowUserDecryption is no longer supported. 1703
WSUS for Windows Mobile Updates are being transitioned to the new Unified Update Platform (UUP) 1703