How to Add or Remove Parts of Windows 7

Just as you can install and uninstall programs, you can add or remove parts of Windows 7 to suit your needs. Thanks to a few lawsuits, Windows 7 gives your much more control over what Windows applications you can remove than previous versions. For example, if you only want to use iTunes for you media files, you can remove the Media Player.

To see what parts of itself Windows 7 has left off your computer or to remove unwanted components that Windows 7 has installed, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start menu, choose Control Panel, and click the Programs icon.

  2. In the Programs and Features area, choose Turn Windows Features On or Off and click Continue (if prompted).

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    Windows brings up a window listing all its features. The features with check marks by their names are already installed. If you see a box that’s filled — neither empty nor checked — double-click to see what’s installed and what’s left out.

  3. To add a component, click in its empty check box. To remove an installed component like Windows’ Games, deselect its check box.

    Before removing Internet Explorer, make sure to download a replacement Web browser like Firefox.

  4. Click the OK button.

    Windows 7 adds or removes the program.

    You may need to insert your Windows 7 DVD during the process.

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