Microsoft confirms Windows 11 24H2 removes WordPad | Laptop News

Multiple Windows legacy features, including WordPad, were marked for deprecation in 2023. Microsoft didn’t clearly state the removal date in its original announcement. But now, the official support document has been updated to specify which versions of Windows will remove WordPad.

According to the updated support document, Microsoft will ship Windows 11 24H2 and Windows Server 2025 without WordPad. “WordPad will be removed from all editions of Windows starting in Windows 11, version 24H2 and Windows Server 2025,” Microsoft noted in its documentation, which was updated earlier this month.

Windows Latest verified the change in the Windows 11 24H2 builds by searching for WordPad in the Start Menu. It no longer appears in the search results. We also searched the Accessories sub-folder inside the Windows NT folder and noticed that the wordpad.exe and wordpadFilter.dll files were no longer there.

This confirms WordPad is no longer a part of Windows 11 24H2.

There are a few workarounds to continue using WordPad on your Windows PC. Currently, the Windows 11 23H2 still has WordPad, and so does the 22H2. Windows 23H2 consumer editions will be supported until November 2025, while 22H2’s support will end on October 10, 2024.

You can continue using Windows 11 23H2 for 20 more months with WordPad. The other workaround is to copy the wordpad.exe and wordpadfilter.dll files from the Accessories folder in Windows 11 and save them on your disk:

C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories

This way, you can run and use WordPad even after Microsoft removes it in the next feature update. But remember that WordPad is no longer in active development, so don’t expect any updates from Microsoft if you stick with It.

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