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Microsoft to Discontinue Updates for Legacy Console Mode in Windows 10 and Beyond

Legacy console mode in Windows gets the axe! No more updates as Microsoft modernizes the OS. Feature still available on-demand for older app needs.


has declared that the legacy console mode, a compatibility feature for older command-line applications, has ceased receiving updates and indicates a shift in its Windows operating system strategy. As detailed in the official documentation, the company confirms the legacy console mode will no longer be a default component in forthcoming Windows versions, starting with the next-generation Windows 12 client slated for 2024.

Transition to On-Demand Feature

While the legacy console mode is being deprecated, Microsoft is not eliminating it entirely. Instead, the feature will be accessible as an on-demand Feature on Demand, which users can install as needed using the DISM /add-Capability command. The transition reflects Microsoft's wider move away from older features as the company modernizes its Windows interface and functionality.

Legacy console mode is known for its utility in providing a previous version environment for command-line interfaces like Command Line or PowerShell. This is particularly useful when certain programs face compatibility issues with the current Windows console. Users have been able to activate this mode by accessing the console properties and selecting the “Use legacy console” checkbox. However, with the shift to on-demand availability, users may soon need to take additional steps to access this compatibility support.

Phasing Out Obsolete Features

The legacy console mode joins a list of features and components which Microsoft has recently decided to deprecate. Notable examples include the old Windows Vista-era Speech Recognition tool, replaced by Voice Access in Windows 11, Steps Recorder, Tips app, WordPad, VBScript, and more. Deprecation does not equate to immediate removal; however, it does mean these components will not be updated going forward and will eventually be phased out from Microsoft's .

In the broader context of the technology lifecycle, this change represents Microsoft's commitment to streamlining and modernizing its operating systems. While deprecated features may continue to function for some time, users can anticipate their eventual obsolescence as Microsoft advances its software offerings. Information regarding deprecated features in Windows can be accessed through Microsoft's official documentation, helping users understand and prepare for changes in their computing environment.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.