How To: Turn Windows Features Safely On or Off in Windows Vista
Some programs and features that are included with Windows Vista, such as Internet Information Services, must be turned on before you can use them. Certain other features in Windows Vista are turned on by default, but you can turn them off if you don’t use them.
In Windows XP and earlier versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, to turn a Windows feature off, you had to uninstall it completely from your computer. But in Windows Vista the features remain stored on your hard disk, so you can turn them back on if you want to. This can be a good thing as you don’t have to insert the Windows Vista DVD each time your want to turn on a features. Also, this is not so great because you won’t be able to save any disk space by removing the features you don’t need. It seems that, in this case, Microsoft traded ease of use for additional hard disk space.
Unnecessary Windows Vista Features can be uninstalled using the Windows Features utility. Follow these steps to uninstall applications such as the Windows Fax and Scan and many more from Windows Vista:
- Click on the Windows Vista Start Button and select Control Panel.
- Under Programs click Uninstall a program .
- On the side menu, click on Turn Windows features on or off .
- Scroll through the list as shown below and remove the check from any feature you do not want installed.
- Click OK when you are finished making your changes.
- The features will now be uninstalled.
As usual, Windows Vista features are grouped together in folders, and some folders may contain subfolders with additional features. If a check box is partially checked or appears dark, then some of the sub features inside the folder are turned on and some are turned off. You can double-click the folder to view its contents.
Here is the list of Windows Vista features that can safely On or Off :
- ActiveX Installer Service
- Indexing Service
- Internet Information Services
- Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0- Filled, XPS Viewer
- Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ) Server- Filled, MSMQ DCOM Proxy
- Print Services- Filled, Internet Printing Client
- Remote Differential Compression
- Removable Storage Management
- RIP Listener
- Services for NFS
- Simple TCPIP Services
- SNMP Feature
- Subsystem for Unix-based applications
- Tablet PC Optional Components
- Telnet Client
- Telnet Server
- TFTP Client
- Windows DFS Replication Service
- Windows Fax and Scan
- Windows Meeting Space
- Windows Process Avtivation Service
- Windows Ultimate Extras