Windows 10 features we’re no longer developing

Applies to: Windows 10

Each version of Windows 10 adds new features and functionality; occasionally we also remove features and functionality, often because we've added a better option. Below are the details about the features and functionalities that are no longer being developed in Windows 10. For information about features that have been removed, see Features we removed.

The features described below 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.

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


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

Feature Details and mitigation Announced in version
Companion Device Framework The Companion Device Framework is no longer under active development. 2004
Microsoft Edge The legacy version of Microsoft Edge is no longer being developed. 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
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.
XDDM-based remote display driver Starting with this release, 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 about implementing a remote indirect display driver, ISVs can reach out to 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 are not 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
Windows To Go Windows To Go is no longer being developed.

The feature does not support feature updates and therefore does not enable you to stay current. It also requires a specific type of USB that is no longer supported by many OEMs.
Print 3D app Going forward, 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, and because third party 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
Snipping Tool The Snipping Tool is an application included in Windows 10 that is used to capture screenshots, either the full screen or a smaller, custom "snip" of the screen. In Windows 10, version 1809, we're introducing a new universal app, Snip & Sketch, that provides the same screen snipping abilities, as well as additional features. You can launch Snip & Sketch directly and start a snip from there, or just press WIN + Shift + S. Snip & Sketch can also be launched from the “Screen snip” button in the Action Center. We're no longer developing the Snipping Tool as a separate app but are instead consolidating its functionality into Snip & Sketch. 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. If for any reason you see an error message about "help not supported," possibly when using a non-Microsoft application, read this support article for additional information and any next steps. 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, and Direct Tunnels has always been disabled by default. Please use native IPv6 support instead. 1803
Layered Service Providers Layered Service Providers has not 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 re-install 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.
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 We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors. 1709
TLS RC4 Ciphers To be disabled by default. For more information, see the following Windows IT Center topic: 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 Endpoint 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 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 should not be used. 1703
wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:####### /quiet The wusa 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 as well.