Microsoft discontinues Legacy Console Mode in Windows 11

Microsoft has announced that Legacy Console Mode will no longer be supported in Windows 11 and upcoming versions. This feature was originally created for running older command line applications on Windows 10.

Legacy Console Host in Windows 11

The Legacy Console mode is a compatibility tool kept in the OS to assist users who have to use older command-line tools on Windows 10+. It aims to be a solution for console utils that are not functioning properly in the default console experience, allowing users to revert to an older version of the console hosting experience.

In Windows 10 and above, Microsoft has done a ton of updates to the console host. The legacy one originates from Windows NT and lacks most capabilities. So Windows now offers a newer version, based on Windows Terminal. The Windows Terminal app is a new, modern command host that greatly extends capabilities of the input window. It has tabs, graphic accelerated text output, multiple profiles, customizable appearance and hotkeys, and much more.

Currently, you can easily switch between the modern Terminal-based console and the legacy one in Windows 11 settings or in command prompt window options. But the latter will not be available by default in future releases of Windows.

However, it becomes a feature on demand. This means it will still be possible to install it using the following command:

DISM /add-Capability

The classic console host joins the classic Speech Recognition, Steps recorder, Tips, and legacy network services in the list of deprecated features. It is not only the removed classic taskbar code now, Microsoft is really about to refresh the core components of the OS.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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