List of features removed in Windows XP

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As the next version of Windows NT after Windows 2000, as well as the successor to Windows Me, Windows XP introduced many new features but it also removed some others. Following is a list of these.

Shell[edit]

  • The unsafe device removal dialog was removed.[1]
  • The Line Up Icons command on the desktop is no longer available. It is replaced by the Align to Grid option.[2] Due to this being a toggle, simply aligning desktop icons once without further constraining their placement requires an extra click.[3]:47
  • The Minimize all windows command on the taskbar is hidden.[3]:76 The purported replacement, Show the desktop, co-existed with this feature on Windows 2000 and in any case only hides windows temporarily instead of actually minimizing them. It is still accessible through the Win+M keyboard shortcut but it is not available through the mouse.
  • The Show icons using all possible colors option in Display Properties is no longer available. Icons are always shown using all possible colors. Microsoft states that this is by design.[4]
  • The VGA screen resolution and 8-bit color depth options have been removed from the Settings tab of Display Properties. It is still possible to select these options using the Advanced button available under this tab, but Microsoft states that this workaround is unsupported.[5]
  • In the Command Prompt, QuickEdit mode and Insert mode are disabled by default and can only be re-enabled per window title.[6]
  • Links to Phone Dialer[7] and NetMeeting[8] were removed from the Start menu.

Personalization[edit]

  • With the Desktop Themes utility in 2000 becoming the Themes tab in Display Properties in XP, the Rotate theme monthly option in Desktop Themes, which was introduced in Microsoft Plus! 98 and later included in Windows 2000, and both the options to select what parts of a theme to apply and the previews for parts of a theme were removed.
  • It is no longer possible to save or delete schemes under the Appearance tab of Display Properties.
  • The option to select a Pattern under the Background (2000)/Desktop (XP) tab of Display Properties was removed.
  • The 3D Maze (possibly due to the Windows logo having been changed, although the Wingdings font with the old Windows logo is still present) and Channel Screen Saver screensavers were removed. The 3D Pipes teapot easter egg also no longer works on Windows XP.

Windows Explorer[edit]

  • Small Icons view is no longer available in Windows Explorer.[9]
  • Web view in folders was disabled by default but can be reinstated by editing the registry. Additionally, the Customize This Folder Wizard was removed.[10] Due to the removal of Web view, pie charts showing disk space are no longer available immediately upon opening a drive.[11]
  • The status bar no longer shows the free space remaining on the given disk when browsing through folder paths of shell namespace extensions,[12] removable drives,[13] and network shares when the navigation pane (Folders) in Windows Explorer is turned on, unlike in Windows 2000. It continues to show the free space remaining only for paths on local drives. In combination with the Web view-related lack of pie charts previously mentioned, this means it is no longer possible to immediately view the amount of space remaining in these three cases.
  • The Directory icon was removed from My Network Places.[14]
  • The default sort order in Windows Explorer has changed but can be restored by editing the registry.[15]

Bundled applications[edit]

Protocols[edit]

Subsystems[edit]

Hardware support[edit]

Windows 9x[edit]

Later versions[edit]

Service Pack 2[edit]

Service Pack 3[edit]

Media Center Edition 2005[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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