Everything Microsoft removed in the Windows 10 May 2021 Update

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What you need to know

  • The Windows 10 May 2021 Update has a short list of removed features.
  • Most notably, the legacy version of Microsoft Edge is no longer supported.
  • The update also has a couple of features that are no longer in development.

Windows 10 updates generally bring new features to PCs, but Microsoft also occasionally removes features through major updates. These features are sometimes replaced by other options, but in some cases, Microsoft simply decides to go in another direction. The Windows 10 May 2021 Update is no exception, as it includes a short list of removed features.

In addition to removing a couple of features, Microsoft also stopped developing two features. These deprecated features are still available but aren't actively developed. They may be removed in future updates but are available for now.

Here's everything that was removed with the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, as outlined by Microsoft:

  • 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 (opens in new tab).
  • 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 (opens in new tab).

Here are the features Microsoft lists (opens in new tab) as no longer in development:

  • 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.
  • 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 This tool is superseded by Windows PowerShell for WMI (opens in new tab). Note: This deprecation only applies to the command-line management tool (opens in new tab). WMI itself is not affected.

The most notable removal is the legacy version of Microsoft Edge. The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge came out around a year ago but now completely replaces the legacy version of Edge. That's a welcome swap for many, as the new Edge has earned positive reviews and continues to gain new features.

After you've installed the update, make sure to free up space on your Windows 10 PC.

Sean Endicott
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2 Comments
  • i wish i could build software that could remove features used by people. rule #1 is never take away features at my work lol.
  • Hope "roaming personalization settings" isn't actually being removed. If it's not being developed fine whatever, but removing it completely is just annoying. Hopefully it's because of significant changes in Sun Valley and they'll revisit it once the UI/UX changes are done.