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Monday, November 12, 2012

List of Features Removed in Windows 8

  • The Start button has been removed, although it is still accessible as a hotspot in the lower left corner of the screen, via the Windows key, and on the charms menu
  • Aero Flip 3D has been removed. Win+Tab now activates an app switcher only for Metro-style apps.
  • The Start menu has been removed in favour of a full screen interface called the Start screen
    • Start screen lacks the global "Recent Documents" menu.
    • Start screen lacks the automatically filling by usage tracking "Most Frequently Used" (MFU) programs list, each with its "Recent Documents" menu
  • The Aero Glass theme, which has been featured in Windows Vista and Windows 7 has been removed from Windows 8 in favour of a Metro-style theme
  • Windows Desktop Gadgets which has been featured in Windows Vista and Windows 7 has been removed from Windows 8.
  • The User Log on/Log off sounds have been removed. The startup sound remains but is disabled by default.

File Explorer

  • The command bar is no longer present, and has been replaced by a new Ribbon UI


  • Games such as Chess Titans have been removed. However some of them are now available on the Windows Store.


  • For dial-up connection (DUN), some of the options under Redialing options such as "Redial attempts" and "Redial if line is dropped" is no longer available. Although dial-up using PSTN telephone line is becoming increasingly rare, this could affect users that still use DUN to connect to 2G/3G/3.5G mobile network and also DSL subscribers that use Windows' PPPoE dialer
  • The Manage wireless networks under Network and Sharing Center is no longer available, although a similar function is still available through netsh command (netsh wlan).
  • Similarly, creating an ad-hoc wireless connection ("Set up a new connection or network" > "Set up a wireless ad hoc") is no longer available through the GUI; users need to use the same netsh command or third-party utility such as Connectify.

Media features

  • Windows Media Center will no longer be included by default in any version of Windows 8, but will be available as an add-on for Windows 8 Pro.
  • Windows Media Player will no longer include codecs to play DVDs but DVDs will be playable if the Windows Media Center add-on is purchased
  • Windows Media Center cannot run on start up or on top of other windows because of “new Windows OS requirements and behaviors”
  • Windows DVD Maker has been removed.


  • Backup and Restore has been renamed Windows 7 File Recovery in favor of the new feature called File History
  • The Blue Screen of Death no longer shows as much technical information about the error that caused the computer to stop
  • Windows CardSpace has been removed in favour of the new feature U-Prove.
  • The Parental Controls feature present in earlier versions of Windows has been removed and replaced by the Family Safety feature
  • Chkdsk only shows a percentage when running at start up.
  • ImageX has been deprecated and will be removed in favor of DISM in the future.
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