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Microsoft to Disable WMIC in next Windows 11 Release

Windows stops supporting WMIC management tool in favor of PowerShell. Deprecation starts Jan 29th, 2024 for Windows 11


has announced that the Windows Management Instrumentation Command Line (WMIC) tool, used by IT Administrators to manage systems and obtain information, will see its functionality cease starting January 29, 2024, beginning with preview builds. WMIC has been available as a feature-on-demand in Windows, despite its deprecation in 2016 for Windows Server and subsequently for in 2021. However, it will now be disabled by default in the forthcoming Windows 11 release, presumed to be version 24H2, and is slated for removal in future versions.

Impact on Administrators and Developers

The upcoming changes necessitate that administrators and developers who rely on WMIC pivot toward alternative solutions. Microsoft suggests using Windows PowerShell, an advanced management framework, to interact with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). offers a more capable and versatile for scripting and automation of system management tasks historically performed by WMIC. Microsoft asserts that discarding deprecated features such as WMIC simplifies system code, enhancing both security and productivity for users.

Broader Context of Feature Deprecation

In line with WMIC's deprecation, Microsoft has also indicated cessation of support for various other features and components in 2023. The list includes, but is not limited to, Windows Mixed Reality, WordPad, Cortana, Steps Recorder, and Windows Speech Recognition. The transition away from these legacy components signals Microsoft's strategy to streamline its and focus on newer, more secure, and efficient technologies. For users and professionals reliant on any deprecated features, Microsoft's document release provides guidance on migration plans and alternative approaches.

The transition away from WMIC marks a significant change in management tools and practices for Windows environments, pushing users towards embracing the capabilities of PowerShell for system administration duties.

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.

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