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Windows Feature Experience Pack

I was asked about a mysterious “Windows Feature Experience Pack” showing on Windows 10 About page in Settings app.

The newer versions of Windows 10 such as version 2004 and later show a new section called “Experience” under “Windows Specifications” section on About page in Settings app.

Following are the required steps to check this new “Experience Pack” information in Windows 10 newer versions:

  1. Open Settings app from Start Menu. Alternatively, you can press WIN + I keys together to open Settings directly.
  2. Now click on “System” item present in Settings app.
  3. Now click on About section or tab present at the bottom in left-side pane.

PS: Alternatively, you can also directly launch About page using “ms-settings:about” command in RUN dialog box as mentioned here.

  1. In right-side pane, scroll down to bottom and you’ll see a new item named “Experience” under “Windows specifications” section.

This new Experience item shows following value:

Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.31.0

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The version number of Windows Feature Experience Pack might differ in your Windows 10 device based upon the installed cumulative update version number.

So what is this new “Windows Feature Experience Pack” item and what does it do in Windows 10? Does it download and install any new feature or app in Windows 10?

After a little research, I found some information about Windows Feature Experience Pack on official Microsoft website.

Here is what Microsoft has to say about this new item in Windows 10:

"Windows Feature Experience Pack" is a Features on Demand (FOD) available for Windows 10 and Windows Server. It comes preinstalled with Windows 10.

This Feature on Demand package includes features critical to Windows functionality. Do not remove this package.

Feature: Windows Feature Experience Pack

- Capability Name: Windows.Client.ShellComponents~~~~0.0.1.0
- Sample package name: Microsoft-Windows-UserExperience-Desktop-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~.cab
- Install size: 44.15MB
- Satellites: No
- Availability: Windows 10, version 2004 and later

So Windows Feature Experience Pack is an essential and critical component introduced in newer Windows 10 versions and Microsoft advises to keep it and NOT remove it using DISM or other PowerShell scripts.

It might be used in future to bring new features and functionality to Windows 10 without any need of installing cumulative updates or feature updates.


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Windows 10, Feature, Experience Pack