Here are the features that have been deprecated or removed in Windows 10 version 21H1

Laurent Giret

Windows 10 Lenovo tablet

Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10 version 21H1 today, and this update is pretty light on new features. The main addition is multi-camera support for Windows Hello, which is a welcome update for the authentication technology that made its debut six years ago.

With every Windows 10 update, Microsoft also shares a list of features that have been removed or deprecated, and the version 21H1 of the OS is no exception. There are only two deprecated features in this update, and you can learn more details below:

  • 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 This tool is superseded by Windows PowerShell for WMI.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.

Two features have also been removed in Windows 10 version 21H1, and one of them is the legacy Edge browser that will be replaced with the new Chromium-based Edge. The other removed feature is support for XDDM-based remote display drivers, and you can get more details below:

  • 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.

If you’re not seeing Windows 10 version 21H1 in Windows Update today, don’t worry as this new release will roll out gradually to all users. For those who don’t want to wait, you can install the update on your PC today with the Microsoft Upgrade Assistant.