With each new feature update of Windows 10, Microsoft typically deprecates or removes some apps and features. Here’s what’s going away for 21H1.
Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows 10 version 21H1, aka May 2021 Update, yesterday. And while it’s a smaller release than usual, some features are being deprecated or completely removed. This is a fairly common practice, and usually, the features that are removed are ones you forgot about already. Then again, sometimes, some common apps or utilities are deprecated. For example, Windows 10 versions 1803 and 1903 had quite a bit removed.
Features Removed from Windows 10 21H1
Microsoft published a list of features that got deprecated or removed from the May 2021 Update, including Legacy Edge – support was ended on April 13th. And XDDM-based remote display driver. Here is the full list of removed features:
|XDDM-based remote display driver||Support for Windows 2000 Display Driver Model (XDDM) based remote display drivers is removed in this 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, see Updates for IddCx versions 1.4 and later.|
|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.|
Deprecated Features in Windows 10 21H1
This is a list of features the company has labeled as Deprecated. That means the company is still including them in Windows 10; however, it will not be working on them moving forward and are more than likely on the path to be removed in the future. Here is the full list of deprecated features:
|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.|
|Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC) tool.||The WMIC tool is deprecated in Windows 10, version 21H1 and the 21H1 semi-annual channel release of Windows Server. This tool is superseded by Windows PowerShell for WMI. Note: This deprecation only applies to the command-line management tool. WMI itself is not affected.|
Install Windows 10 Version 21H1 aka May 2021 Update
The list of removed or deprecated features is minimal this time. So, if you’re worried about losing a “must-have” feature, chances are, you’re not going to lose it with this install. The latest update will be a staggered rollout, with the most compatible devices getting it first, followed by the rest. The best way to check is to go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click the Check for Update button.
But, of course, like other previous feature updates, you can install it manually. You can do that by heading to the Windows 10 Download page. From there, you can use the Update Assistant tool or the Media Creation Tool. For more, check out our article on how to install Windows 10 21H1 May 2021 Update.