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).
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 ]