Microsoft Details Deprecated and Removed Features in Windows 10 Version 1803

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 48 Comments

As part of its rollout of Windows 10 version 1803 today, Microsoft has published a list of those features that are deprecated and removed in this release.

This isn’t the first time the software giant has provided such a list: It notably listed Paint as a feature it was deprecating in the previous release, Windows 10 version 1709. But the list for version 1803 is pretty long and features some notable changes.

These are the most important.


Windows Help Viewer. It doesn’t get much more legacy than this.

Phone Companion. This superfluous app has been replaced by the Phone page in Settings.


Groove Music Pass. The Groove app no longer mentions the discontinued Groove Music Pass and instead promoted Spotify.

HomeGroup. Once called out in Windows 7 Setup, the HomeGroup feature, finally, is dead. That said, users can still share printers, files, and folders like they used to before Windows 7.

XPS Viewer. This waste of time from the Vista days is still technically available from the Apps and Features control panel. But it’s no longer installed by default. Good riddance.

You can check the Microsoft site for the full list of changes.


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