Removed and deprecated features in Windows 10 version 1903

Windows 10 version 1903 "May 2019 Update" is available for stable branch users. Microsoft has published a long list of features which are removed or considered deprecated in this release.


Almost every Windows user knows that each release of Windows not only adds new features but also removes a number of things Microsoft deprecates. The same happens to Windows Server. Developers occasionally remove features and functionality, providing a replacement solution. Here are the details about the features and functionalities that have been removed in Windows 10 version 1903.

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Features we removed or will remove soon

The following features and functionalities are removed from the installed product image for Windows 10, version 1903, or are planned for removal in an upcoming release. Applications or code that depend on these features won't function in this release unless you use another method.

XDDM-based remote display driverStarting 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 XDDM-based remote display driver should plan a migration to the WDDM driver model. For more information on implementing remote indirect display driver ISVs can reach out to
Desktop messaging app doesn't offer messages syncThe 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 will only be able to access messages from the device that received the message.

Deprecated features

Microsoft is no longer actively developing these features and may remove them from a future update. Some features have been replaced with other features or functionality, while others are now available from different sources.

Taskbar settings roamingRoaming of taskbar settings is no longer being developed and we plan to disable this capability in a future release
Wi-Fi WEP and TKIPWi-Fi networks that are secured with passwords using older WEP and TKIP protocols are not as secure as those secured with new protocols such as WPA, WPA2, and soon WPA3. In this release a warning message will appear 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.
Windows To GoWindows 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 appGoing 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.

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Source: Microsoft

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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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