User Controlled Windows 7 Features

by on March 16th, 2009

Windows 7 brings features that are even more customizable (such as Explorer or the logon screen) or features that should be added to Windows (such as a PDF format reader, security tools, or disk utilities). Some users might prefer to run Windows without certain features. This enhancement is about a point of choice and control in the Windows 7 control panel called “Windows Features” which is where you can choose to turn various features of Windows on or off.

In Windows 7 if you bring up the Windows Features control panel by clicking on “Turn Windows Features on or off” (or just typing “Windows features” in the start menu) you will see the following in the Release Candidate.

windows-7-features

For Windows 7 Microsoft has engineered a more significant list of features and worked to balance that list in light of the needs of the broad Windows platform as well. In the Release Candidate for Windows 7, Microsoft has extended the control panel called “Windows Features” which is available from the standard “Programs and Features” control panel (Add/Remove Programs). This location is unchanged from Vista and XP, though the wording has been clarified. In addition to the features that were already available to turn on or off in Windows Vista, Microsoft has added the following features to the list in Windows 7:

  • 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)

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