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How To Turn Windows Vista Features On Or Off

How do I turn Windows Vista features on or off? What features should I enable or disable in Windows Vista? This guide will explain the extra features in Windows Vista so you can make an educated decision as to which ones are required for your applications and computing environment.

To turn features on or off do the following:

  • Click Start then click Control Panel.
  • Click Classic View on the left window panel. Then double click Programs and Features.
  • Then select Turn Windows Features On or Off in the left portion of the window.
  • You should now see a box like the one illustrated below.

windows  features on or off

ActiveX Installer Service: ActiveX is required by some websites to install a service, you can safely leave it disabled until required. Or you can continuing surfing the Internet with it enabled and take the chance of a drive by virus.

Games: This can be enabled if you like to waste time at work playing chess with the secretary.

Indexing Service: This can be disabled it was used in previous versions of Windows but is no longer needed with Vista.

Internet Information Service: If you don’t plan on hosting any websites on your computer you can safely disable this.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0: This is mainly needed by programmers like myself, so you can safely turn it off.

Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ) Server: Unless you are a programmer you can safely turn this feature off.

Print Services: Do you use Internet Printers? If not, turn this feature off.

Remote Differential Compression: If this feature is enabled on your system, then leave it enabled. Remote Differential Compression (RDC) allows data to be synchronized with a remote source using compression techniques to minimize the amount of data sent across the network.

Removable Storage Management: Turn this feature off unless you have some old NTBACKUP files that need to be restored.

RIP Listener: Listens for updates to routes sent by routers that use this protocol. You can safely turn this feature off.

Services for NFS: This feature is used to map drives to Linux Name File Servers. Samba does the job better. You can safely turn this feature off.

SNMP Feature: This feature is mainly used by business networks. Turn this feature off.

Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications: This feature is used for compatibility for UNIX applications. You can safely turn this feature off.

Tablet PC Optional Components: If you use the snipping tool or have a tablet PC you may want to leave this feature turned on.

Telnet Client: Some programmers use this feature. Most people do not require it at all. Turn this feature off if you are not a programmer.

Telnet Server: Turn this feature off if you are not a programmer.

TFTP Client: Leave this feature turned off unless you would like viruses.

Windows DFS Replication Service: Most people that are not working in a network enviornment can safely turn this feature off.

Windows Fax and Scan: Do you still fax documents? If not turn this feature off.

Windows Meeting Space: If you don’t use Windows Meeting Space or People Near Me, turn this feature off.

Windows PowerShell: The powershell is a command line utility and is mainly used by system administrators in a network enviornment. Turn this feature off if you are not a programmer or system administrator.

Windows Process Activation Service: This feature supports .Net applications. Leave this feature turned on.

Windows Ultimate Extras: This is only for Windows Vista Ultimate edition. Turn this feature on if you would like the extras.

If you would like to continue making your computer system run faster you could read our 9 page article describing how to disable windows vista services.