Windows 10’s screen mirroring feature is now optional

Windows 10 Connect app

Windows 10 has always offered the ability to mirror your
computer’s screen to any device (mobile, steaming box, dongle,
or TV) compatible with the popular Miracast standard. This can
be done securely and without an internet connection, and
Windows 10 comes with a built-in feature to facilitate the
service.

In Windows 10, screen mirroring feature lives inside the quick
settings of the Action Center and you can also access it from
Start Menu. In older versions of Windows 10, Microsoft allowed
users to click on the ‘Connect’ button near the bottom of the
Action Center’s screen to access the pairing screen.

After you click on the ‘Connect’ button, you’ll see a list of
available Miracast display devices within this menu and you can
click on the supported device to begin the Miracast connection
process.

Projecting to this PC

This feature is also found under Settings > System >
Projecting to this PC, but after installing Windows 10 version
2004 (May 2020), you’ll notice that you can no longer access
anything within the “Projecting to this PC” screen.

May 2020 Update has updated this screen with a note that reads:
Add the “Wireless Display” optional feature to project to this
PC.

Windows 10’s Wireless Display feature is not entirely removed
from your device and it’ll continue to use space on your hard
drive, but you can now enable or disable it as needed.

By default, Miracast is disabled on Windows.

While you’re in Optional Features page within the Settings app,
you’ll see a long list with all the optional features you can
manage.

Wireless display

You can search for ‘Wireless Display’ and click on the
checkbox. When you select the feature, you’ll notice a button
to “Install”, which will redirect you to the installation
screen and unlock the projection page in Settings.

In a support document, Microsoft has also
confirmed that the built-in screen mirroring feature is now
optional in Windows 10 version 2004 or newer.

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