Microsoft Store Has Mystery ‘Windows Feature Experience Pack’ For Windows 10 With New Entry For ‘Performance’

Microsoft Store has had a rather strange ‘Windows Feature Experience Pack’ for the Windows 10 operating system for quite some time. The entry remained dormant for almost six months but has seen some activity after Microsoft released Windows 10 v2004, 20H1, or May 2020 Cumulative Feature Update. It appears the company is in the process of curating a few select tools, features, and applications in a ‘Pack’ and naming them according to the functionalities they offer.

Microsoft has been making some significant alterations to the way updates are designed, developed, and deployed. Particular attention was on the multiple features and functionalities that are included in Windows 10. Owing to several past instances in which Microsoft has had to alter the update itself or the deployment period, the company appeared to make some fundamental changes and introduced the ‘Windows Feature Experience Pack’ for Windows 10. Now the company is gradually populating the segment.

‘Windows Feature Experience Pack’ Contains Critical Elements?

The Windows Feature Experience Pack for Windows 10 first appeared last year. However, Microsoft chose to let the entry on the Microsoft Store lay dormant. The dummy entry or placeholder is still existent but it is currently empty and without any information. However, the latest Windows 10 Cumulative Update, called May 2020, 20H1, or v2004 has some interesting alterations.

After installing the May 2020 update for Windows 10, users of the OS will see a new entry for “Performance” in the system info for the installation of the operating system (under the build of the operating system). This also contains the “Windows Feature Experience Pack” below the version number. Interestingly, Microsoft is quiet about the changes and hasn’t offered any explanation about the new entry.

However, independent analysis of the Windows Feature Experience Pack seems to indicate Microsoft is attempting to design ‘Features on Demand’ for Windows 10 and Windows Server. The ‘Performance’ segment includes Internet Explorer, Notepad, the DirectX Configuration Database, MS Paint, and a few more tools.

‘Windows Feature Experience Pack’ For Windows 10 Could Mean Quicker Deployment Of Cumulative Feature Updates?

Although it is yet to be confirmed, the Feature Experience Pack apparently contains some “critical” functionalities for Windows 10 version 2004 (and higher). In other words, Windows 10 OS users on v2004 should not attempt to remove the same.

The Windows Feature Experience Pack currently includes the updated snipping tool, an updated text input panel, and a shell suggestion user interface. It is quite likely that Microsoft will add more components in the future. Still, it is more likely that Microsoft seems to be separating features, system apps, and functionalities from core Windows 10 OS updates. This should allow the company to delink several aspects, and as an extension, their update development and deployment schedule.

There’s a high possibility that Microsoft is also attempting to shift some major components and applications within Windows 10 to the Microsoft Store. These will be accessible, downloadable, and updatable through the Microsoft Store. This would significantly simplify updating Windows 10 with bug fixes, performance improvements, and stability enhancers without waiting for finished or stable versions of apps.

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Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.
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