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Thursday, January 6, 2011

How to Turn Windows 7 Features On or Off





Information

Some programs and features included with Windows 7 must be turned on before you can use them. Certain other features are turned on by default. This will show you how to turn the features you select on or off.

This process can be used on Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP




Note

New Windows Features to Turn On or Off in Windows 7:
Games - Internet Games
Internet Explorer 8
Internet Information Services - FTP Server
Internet Information Services Hostable Web Core
Media Features
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.51
Services for NFS (Network File System)
Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications
TIFF IFilter
Windows Gadget Platform
Windows Search
XPS Services
XPS Viewer

Tip
A blue box indicates that you have the main feature selected and turned on, but not all of the sub features under the expanded main feature are checked.
If the box is checked for the main feature, then it means that all of the sub features under the expanded main feature are checked and turned on as well.

Warning
Turning off a feature does not uninstall the feature, and it does not reduce the amount of hard disk space used by the Windows 7 feature. The features remain stored on your hard disk so you can turn them back on if you want to later.

Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (All Items view), and click on the Programs and Features icon.

2. In the left pane, click on the Turn Windows features on or off link. (See screenshot below)



3. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes to approve.

4. Close the Programs and Features window. (See screenshot above)

5. To Turn On a Windows Feature -

A) Check the selected feature. (See screenshots below step 7)

NOTE:
Some Windows features are grouped together in folders, and some folders contain subfolders with additional features. If a check box is partially checked or is dimmed, then some of the items inside the folder are turned on and some are turned off. To expand and view the contents of a folder, double-click it. Hovering the mouse pointer over a folder will give you a pop-up desciption of the feature.

6. To Turn Off a Windows Feature -

A) Uncheck the selected feature. (See screenshots below step 7)

7. When done, click on OK. (See screenshots below)

NOTE:
These are the default settings in Windows Features.





8. After turning on or off a feature, you may be prompted to restart the computer.

This process can be used on Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP

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