“Choice and Control” – Turn Windows Features On and Off (Windows 7 RC)

In the Release Candidate for Windows 7, an extension to the “Programs and Features” applet (in Control Panel), called “Windows Features” will allow you to toggle “on and off” more components than ever before. In Windows 7 you can bring up the Windows Features control panel by clicking on “Turn Windows Features on or off” (or by typing “Windows features” in the start menu).

Windows Features

You will notice that the list of windows features which you can turn “on and off” has grown, from the list currently in Vista.  For example, you will now be able to toggle:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Search
  • Handwriting Recognition (through the Tablet PC Components option)
  • Windows Gadget Platform
  • Fax and Scan
  • XPS Viewer and Services (including the Virtual Print Driver)

If a feature is deselected, it is not available for use. This means the files are not loaded by the operating system (for security-conscious customers) and not available to users on the computer.

This is big change for Microsoft. Much of the “choice & control” which Microsoft dictated, in the past, is now being put into the hands of the end user; which is you. You can read more about this [ here ]


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7 thoughts on ““Choice and Control” – Turn Windows Features On and Off (Windows 7 RC)

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  1. this is a good thing. better yet would be to be able to get win7 stripped down to the bare essentials and build from there. backwards is better than nowheres.


  2. G,

    Good point… You know Microsoft currently offers add-ons via Windows Live… They could do the same thing with these. That would really be cool to have an operating system stripped down and you do your own software installs to meet your own personal needs.

    As always, I value your input…



  3. What?! You guys want less?! I want more! More eye candy! More toys/gadgets/widgets! More guages and dashboards! More games! More, more, more, more!

    I want to host my own live TV show from my PC. I want to monitor the lights & room temperature in every room in the house, and know how many eggs are in my fridge!

    What’s the point of having 4 (multi-threading) cores, 64-bits, and 8 Gigabytes of RAM if I can’t run a bloated, top-heavy OS?

    PS — check out Server 2008.


  4. LOL paul! i’m thinking just /root. yeah, my computer does nothing but it’s fast!

    our i.t. guy sez server 08 is the cat’s meow (this coming from a linux/unix guy).

    now if i can get my boss to shell out a few bucks for it so we can get away from routine re-boots on our unix/nitix/aria7/server03 hybrid we’ll be all aces. i’m not sure our i.t. guy even knows the frankenstein he’s created. alas, he has a script for everything so we’re never down long.


  5. Hey g,
    I looked up “unix/nitix/aria7/server03 hybrid” in the dictionary..
    It said, “see Job security“.
    Ha! Frankenstein is right.

    I don’t know if either of you are a gamer, but it’s a little-known fact that THE O/S for running games is Server 2008 (bit of a geek secret, actually).


  6. TechPaul,

    You are so right about the “Job Security”… I know quite a few IT guys that create their own world. If they get run over by a truck, everyone’s world goes…

    Server 2008 a gamer?



  7. Yup. In gaming, it’s all about frame rates and turning up the graphics settings, such as anti-aliasing, and Server 2008 benchmarks the highest.

    You just use Vista drivers for your nVIDIA or ATI super-ultra-deluxe graphics cards.

    Normally, I don’t give away geek secrets, but I thought G might be able to use the info on his boss.. if his boss is a gamer, that is..


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