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    What is the Windows 10 Windows Feature Experience Pack?

    What is the Windows 10 Windows Feature Experience Pack?


    Posted: 11 Jun 2020

    As Microsoft continues to expand the pool of people who are getting the Windows 10 May 2020/2004 update automatically, it's also expanding the group that will have something called the "Windows Feature Experience Pack" installed on their machines. Given this feature pack, which has been known about since at least December 2019, is coming to users' machines en masse, you'd think Microsoft would be sharing more about what it is and why it's there. But nope.

    I asked again this week about the Feature Experience Pack. A spokesperson provided the official response: "Microsoft has nothing to share."

    So, what about an unofficial response? I've been asking around and got some information about the Windows Feature Experience Pack.

    You can see the Windows Feature Experience Pack listed as one of the Features on Demand for Windows 10 and Windows Server. This list also includes Internet Explorer, Notepad, the DirectX Configuration Database, Paint, PowerShell ISe, Quick Assist, the Print Management Console, and more. The Windows Feature Experience Pack, listed as available on Windows 10 version 2004 and later, "includes features critical to Windows functionality." Microsoft advises users not to remove this collection of Windows client shell components, which is 44.15MB in size...

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    Read more: What is the Windows 10 Windows Feature Experience Pack? | ZDNet
    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    11 Jun 2020


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    All my machines on 2004 seem to have it installed by default, Home or Pro, updated or clean install, physical machine or VM.
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    MJF also talked about it this week on Windows Weekly:

    starts at 3:34

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    Thanks for posting that @Cliff S!
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    Personally i find the segmentation of the "parts" of Windows, like Windows Feature Experience Pack, or the new Edge, and other parts good.

    This means eventually when it comes to version upgrades, only the core layers of Windows will be updated, which might make most upgrades "boring" unless they need to add a new container, or abstraction layer for a new functionality or API support.
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    Cliff S said:
    Personally i find the segmentation of the "parts" of Windows, like Windows Feature Experience Pack, or the new Edge, and other parts good.

    This means eventually when it comes to version upgrades, only the core layers of Windows will be updated, which might make most upgrades "boring" unless they need to add a new container, or abstraction layer for a new functionality or API support.
    Or new icons. just joking.......
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    That was interesting, I didn't listen all the way through just the beginning talking about that added line. I had seen it before as I've had version 2004 since last December and did wonder what it was.
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    Cliff S said:
    Personally i find the segmentation of the "parts" of Windows, like Windows Feature Experience Pack, or the new Edge, and other parts good.

    This means eventually when it comes to version upgrades, only the core layers of Windows will be updated, which might make most upgrades "boring" unless they need to add a new container, or abstraction layer for a new functionality or API support.
    Hi,
    Is this features pack listed in all apps as uninstallable ?
    I remember they added some other features pack or similar long ago and it showed up in the apps list for some odd reason.
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    ThrashZone said:
    Hi,
    Is this features pack listed in all apps as uninstallable ?
    I remember they added some other features pack or similar long ago and it showed up in the apps list for some odd reason.
    It's not that. All Windows versions have it.
    It's like the modern version of turn windows features on or off in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features, except instead of being update at upgrade time, it is updated through Windows update as a standalone pack.
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    @Cliff S -

    Thanks for posting that video. Informative.

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