1. See you soon Windows Media Center!
For media lovers, Windows Media Center was one of the most convenient apps in Windows 10. In the past, this was the “go to” solution when you wanted to watch a movie, listen to music, watch the photos and videos on your computer, or when you wanted to record TV shows. Now no more of that … Microsoft has decided to remove Windows Media Center from Windows 11. If you are interested in a good replacement for Windows Media Center, there is one that we used and that we liked, Kodi. This is a free and open-source media center for software that is very similar to Windows Media Center in many ways.
2. No more standard DVD playback
Along with the removal of Windows Media Center from Windows 11, Microsoft also decided to no longer support DVD playback as standard. If you wonder why, the answer is probably linked to the fact that the company had to pay a fee for each codec with a license included in their operating system. To reduce the cost of each Windows 11 license, especially given that they gave it for free to anyone who wanted to upgrade Windows 10, the company removed support for DVD playback.
If you have DVD discs or Blu-ray discs and are looking for a good DVD player, we recommend that you watch the VLC media player. The popular app is free and open source and can play almost any type of video.
3. Forget about creating your own DVDs with Windows DVD Maker
Windows DVD Maker has also been removed from Windows 11. Microsoft even removed it when they released Windows 8. Apparently the company believes that DVDs are an old technology and that DVDs quickly lose their appeal to users. That may be true, because USB flash drives are slowly but surely taking the place of DVD discs for storage needs.
However, some people still prefer DVD discs instead of USB memory sticks. If you are one of them, but you use Windows 11, you can find a few alternatives to Windows DVD Maker in this article : The 3 best free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker .
4. Desktop gadgets are history
We are not aware of you, but we always loved the Windows 10 desktop gadgets. They were one of the small things that made our desktop unique and useful at the same time. Unfortunately, it seems that they had to go because they were a serious threat to the safety of everyone who used them. Windows gadgets can be misused by hackers to gain complete control of your computer, which is certainly not something you would want. If you want to know more about gadgets and why they were removed from Windows 11, read this webpage at Microsoft: Gadgets have ended.
An alternative to the gadgets of Windows 10 is the desktop adjustment tool from Rainmeter. It’s free and open source and you can customize your Windows computer with different skins and applets that are very similar to the gadgets you had in Windows 10.
5. Solitaire, Mijnenveger and Harten are no longer bundled games
Microsoft has decided to remove the most popular games of all time from Windows 11 release date: Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts. After a while, however, the company developed new versions of Solitaire and Minesweeper that also work on touch devices. They are now called Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper and can be downloaded via the Windows Store. There is currently no Hearts game available. Both are Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper real free games. You can download and play them for free, but you will have to endure a lot of advertisements that Microsoft has put into it. If you want to remove these ads, you will, unfortunately, have to pay to remove them.
6. You cannot disable Windows updates
One of the most annoying features that Microsoft has removed in Windows 11 is that you cannot disable automatic operating system updates, as you could in Windows 10. The only option you have to stop updates in Windows 11 is to literally shut down your computer or remove it from the internet. Otherwise, your Windows 11 computer will perform regular updates without you being able to stop them. This is especially annoying for the Home edition of Windows 11, which cannot even postpone updates with a few days.
7. The libraries are not shown by default in Explorer
The libraries are a feature first introduced by Microsoft in Windows 10 and since then they have proved to be one of the most useful features of Windows Explorer. Libraries are the easiest way to efficiently manage and organize files and folders in Windows, whether in Windows 10 or Windows 11. Unfortunately, libraries are no longer displayed by default in Windows 11’s File Explorer. However, you can re-enable them if you follow the steps in this guide: Restore the libraries in Windows 8.1 and Windows 11.
8. There is no network card in the Network Center
Windows 10 offered us a function called Network Card . It was found in the Network Center and it was a fun and easy way to show you the map of the computers and devices that were connected to your local home network. Unfortunately, this feature is no longer present in Windows 11 and we honestly have no idea why Microsoft chose to remove it.
9. Your PC no longer has a Windows Experience Index score
In Windows 10, Microsoft has evaluated the performance of your computer with a so-called Windows Experience Index . This index was an average score that Microsoft gave for your computer, taking into account various hardware components and their ability to perform certain computer tasks. The Windows Experience Index evaluated things like the processor, the RAM, graphics power and the speed of the hard drive. The results of the Windows 10 measurements were a number that people could use to see which hardware components needed an upgrade. If you want, you can read more about how it worked: In this article: The Windows Experience Index – How to use and interpret the results. This function no longer exists in Windows 11.
10. There is no “Get Windows 11” app in Windows 11!
And that’s great and ironic at the same time. If you’ve used Windows 10 for the past two years or so, you’ve definitely met the “Get Windows 11” app and unless you’ve used it to upgrade your Windows 10 PC to Windows 11 iso, then you have a big chance to absolutely hate it. After all, the “Get Windows 11” was nothing but annoying adware, if you ask us. On the other hand, Windows 11 does not have it.