Windows 10’s Wireless Display Feature is Now Optional

Posted on August 30, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile, Smart Home, Windows 10 with 17 Comments

I was testing Wireless DeX with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and when I tried to connect it with my PC’s display, I noticed something odd. Windows 10’s Wireless Display feature, which lets you use your PC’s display as a standalone Miracast-capable display, is no longer provided by default in Windows 10.

As it turns out, there’s a reason: This feature has been added, belatedly, to the list of Windows 10 features that have been removed in version 2004.

But that’s weird, because Wireless Display was not on the list of Windows 10 features that had been removed in version 2004 when Microsoft first announced this list three months ago in late May. At that time, there were only three removed features: Cortana, Windows To Go, and the Mobile Plans and Messaging apps.

But if you check the list today, you’ll see a new item, which Microsoft describes as the Connect app.

“The Connect app for wireless projection using Miracast is no longer installed by default, but is available as an optional feature,” the page notes. “To install the app, click on Settings > Apps > Optional features > Add a feature and then install the Wireless Display app.”

There’s really no need for these instructions, since you’ll find out how to install the app and regain the Wireless Display feature by navigating to the spot in the Windows 10 UI where this feature normally lives: Settings > System > Projecting to this PC. There, you will now find a note about adding the “Wireless Display optional feature” with a link to the Optional features UI.

Anyway, it works just like it did before, once you add the now-optional feature. I’ll be writing up Wireless DeX soon, probably tomorrow.

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