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Windows 7 Made Simple by Kevin Otnes

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Turning Windows Features On or Off

Windows Features are a little bit different than Uninstall or change a program and Uninstall an update because it appears in a separate dialog box on top of the Programs and Features window. Also, you don't uninstall Windows Features; you turn them on or off with checkboxes. Depending on how Windows 7 was installed on your computer, in most cases the features are always installed on your computer and you are just turning their use and visibility on or off. The most common reasons for turning features on or off are the following:

  • Turning off Windows features to use third-party products instead. For example, several Windows programs are on and set as defaults for their content types (Internet Explorer for web ...

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