How To Enable or Disable Features In Windows 7

In this article I will show you how to either enable or disable certain features built into Windows 7. One thing to note is that when you disable a feature, you aren’t actually uninstalling it nor will you save any space on your hard drive. If you are unsure as to whether or not to disable a certain feature then it is best to leave it alone.

To get to the Enable/Disable window for Windows 7 features simply click the Start button or just hit the Windows key, type Features and press Enter

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After you have done this you will get to the Programs and Features window. To the left of this windows select Turn Windows features on or off as indicated in the image below.

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In the window you will notice that some of the features are either already enable by default as indicated by a check mark in the box next to it. If there is not check in the box then that features can be enabled by you if you wish. Where a box is coloured blue, this indicates that certain features associated with this feature have been enabled and some haven’t. To view the sub-features within these select the Plus next to it to expand the tree.

As I said at the beginning of the article, if you are unsure as to what a certain feature does then it is best to leave it alone or search for more information on it in Google. You can get a very brief indication as to what the function does, by hovering your mouse over it but it really doesn’t give that much information as to it’s function. For example you will see that the Indexing Service is not checked by default. This is due to it having been phased and instead replaced with Windows Search which is enabled by default. Windows Search replaces the older Windows Desktop Search that was previously available as an add-on for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Microsoft does not recommend running the older Indexing Service on computers running Windows 7 unless you really have a need to, like for backwards compatibility reasons.

Another thing to note for those wishing to experiment here, is that there is no way to reset all of the features back to their default settings. So if you have disabled a certain feature and then find that certain functions on your computer are acting strange, it would be best to make a note of which feature you disabled.

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Once you have decided which features you want to enable or disable, hit OK for the changes to take effect.

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