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How to Remove Unwanted Windows Components

How to Remove Unwanted Windows Components

Jul 12, 2012

“Windows comes with a lot of programs that I don’t use — things like Windows DVD Maker and Purble Place. These programs take up space on my computer’s hard drive, and yet they don’t seem to be there when I click “Programs and Features.” How do I remove these programs?”

The items that come with Windows are called Windows components. These programs don’t show up on the standard program list, but you can find them on a separate screen called the Windows Features screen. Using these screen, you can remove unwanted Windows components, free up some extra hard drive space and make your Start menu a little easier to navigate.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Remove Components Windows 7 VistaOpen the Start Menu and type programs in the field at the bottom.
  2. Click the Add or remove programs icon (Programs and Features in Windows Vista). This displays the Programs and Features screen.
  3. Click Turn Windows features on or off on the left side. This displays a new window containing a list of installed Windows components. Some items have multiple sub-components; to see the sub-components, click the plus sign by an item’s name.
  4. Clear the check from the box next to the component you want to remove.
  5. Click OK. Windows removes the selected components and closes the window.

Windows XP

  1. Remove Components Windows XPOpen the Start Menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Add or Remove Programs icon. This displays the Add or Remove Programs screen.
  3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components on the left side. This displays a new window containing a list of installed Windows components. Some items have multiple sub-components; to see the sub-components, click the Details button at the bottom of the window after clicking the item’s name.
  4. Clear the check from the box next to the component you want to remove.
  5. Click OK to return to the previous window if you removed a component after clicking the Details button.
  6. Click Next when you are finished removing components. Windows removes the selected components and displays a confirmation screen.
  7. Click Finish.