Windows 11 is the latest major release of the Windows NT operating system and the successor of Windows 10. Some features of the operating system were removed in comparison to Windows 10, and further changes in older features have occurred within subsequent feature updates to Windows 11. Following is a list of these.

Features removed in version 21H2: (RTM)

Bundled software

No longer available

The following applications are no longer bundled with Windows 11 and no longer available.[1]

Not bundled, but available

The following applications are no longer bundled with Windows 11, but can still be installed from the Microsoft Store.[1]

Windows shell

The following parts of the Windows shell are no longer available in Windows 11.

In addition:

Start menu

Some functionality from the Start menu was removed and replaced with other features.


The following taskbar features are no longer available as of Windows 11:


File History can only be configured using the legacy Control Panel application, which does not support adding custom folders to the set of protected folders as the Settings app in Windows 10 did.[13]

Architecture and other features

Windows 11 is only available for the x86-64 and ARM64 CPU architectures, as Microsoft is no longer offering a Windows build for IA-32 x86 and ARMv7 systems.[1] Additionally, NTVDM and the 16-bit Windows on Windows subsystems, which allowed 32-bit versions of Windows to directly run 16-bit DOS and Windows programs, are no longer included with Windows 11.

User-mode scheduling (UMS), available on x64 versions Windows 7 and later, was a lightweight mechanism allowing applications to schedule their own threads, without involvement from the system scheduler. This feature is not included with Windows 11.[14]


The Windows 10 and Flowers theme has been removed in Windows 11. Also upgrading to Windows 11 of Theme1 and Theme2 Wallpaper Folder is empty.

Features removed in version 22H2

Features removed in version 23H2

See also


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  14. ^ "User-Mode Scheduling no longer appears after you install Windows 11". 2022-03-17. Retrieved 2022-05-14.
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