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Here are all the features Microsoft removed and deprecated in Windows Server 2025

By Taras Buria

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A combination of the official Windows Server 2025 wallpapers.

Microsoft will soon release a new version of its server-focused operating system. Windows Server 2025 is currently available for testing in the Insider program, where users and IT administrators can try out the latest changes, features, and fixes. Like any other major operating system update, Windows Server 2025 not only adds new things (there are even some nice new wallpapers), but also removes outdated components and makes certain features obsolete. Most of these mirror what Microsoft has already removed or marked as deprecated in the client version of Windows 11.

Microsoft has removed the following from Windows Server 2025:

Special feature Description
IIS 6 Management Console (Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console) The console was removed after being deprecated in Windows Server 2019. You should also start migrating from IIS 6.0 or earlier versions and move to the latest version of IIS, which is always available in the most current version of Windows Server.
WordPad WordPad has been removed from Windows Server 2025. We recommend Microsoft Word for rich text documents such as doc and rtf and Windows Notepad for plain text documents such as txt.
SMTP server The SMTP server functionality has been removed from Windows Server 2025. There is no replacement within the operating systems.
Windows PowerShell 2.0 engine The Windows PowerShell 2.0 engine has been removed. Applications and components should be migrated to PowerShell 5.0+.

Here are the features that Microsoft is no longer developing. They are still present in the operating system, but no new features or evolutions are expected. Microsoft will remove deprecated features from Windows Server at some point in the future (you can click on each feature to learn more about its capabilities and whether it is obsolete):


Special feature Description

Computer browser

The Computer Browser driver and service are out of date. The Browser (Browser protocol and service) is an outdated and insecure device location protocol. This protocol, service, and driver were disabled by default for the first time in Windows 10 with the removal of the SMB1 service.
NTLM All versions of NTLM, including LANMAN, NTLMv1, and NTLMv2, are no longer actively developed and are deprecated. Using NTLM will continue to work in the next version of Windows Server and the next annual release of Windows. Calls to NTLM should be replaced with calls to Negotiate, which attempts to authenticate with Kerberos and only falls back to NTLM when necessary.
Remote mail slots Remote mailslots are deprecated. The remote mailslot protocol, originally introduced in MS-DOS, is an outdated and simple IPC method that is both unreliable and insecure. This protocol was first disabled by default in the Windows 11 Insider Preview build.
TLS1.0
TLS1.1
Internet standards and regulators have deprecated TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1 due to various security concerns. Starting with the 2024 release of Windows Server Insiders Preview, these versions are disabled by default.
Windows Management Instrumentation (WMIC) command line WMIC is disabled by default on new Windows Server installations. It will be removed from Windows in a future release. PowerShell for WMI replaces the WMIC tool. Use PowerShell or query WMI programmatically to replace WMIC.
VBScript VBScript is deprecated. In future versions of Windows, VBScript will be available as an on-demand feature before it is removed from the operating system.
WebDAV redirection service The WebDAV Redirector service is deprecated. The service is not installed by default on the Windows server.

For more information about Windows Server 2025 and its features, see the official documentation.

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