ACTIVATE / DEACTIVATE W10 Features  ▷ Step by Step ▷ 2020

The Windows 10 optional features They are a series of processes and services that the computer performs in the background to enable the operation of different programs. As it happens in Windows 7, Windows 8 and even earlier versions of the operating system, it is something that can be tailored so that resources are used for tasks that are really useful.

Through these features, the team can make, for example, it allows to export text documents to pdf files when pressing the print option, that the Internet Explorer browser works or that other additional services are activated or not. These functions are responsible for making our computer more complete, but also that the free space both in hard disk and in RAM memory is consumed more.

To be able to adjust all these options easily, We are going to explain how to enable or disable features of Windows 10. Our guide explains step by step what you have to do to get to the corresponding section and how you should act to enable or disable. In addition, we explain more than one method to do it, so that you can choose the one you prefer and it is faster or more comfortable.

Steps to enable or disable optional Windows 10 features

As in other versions, there is a procedure with which to directly manipulate this whole section and activate or deactivate aspects to taste. These are the Steps to Enable or Disable Windows 10 Optional Features. Follow them and in a few minutes you will be able to adjust all the ones you want.

1 – Login to W10 as administrator

Turn on and boot the computer. Let the operating system load and choose a user profile that is enabled as administrator. If you do not have these permissions, it is impossible to modify the characteristics of the system, so if you have not done so, you will have to log out and choose an account that has them.

Open Windows 10 administrator user

2 – Go to the Control Panel

Once you have initialized the system and you are inside, go to the Start bar. You have to click on the icon with windows symbol in the bottom bar to open the configuration and programs drop-down.

Now, write in the blank field the following (without quotes): “Control Panel”. Several results will appear immediately, you must choose the one that is called in the same way as what you have written. Click on it to continue.

Enter control panel

3 – Enter the Windows features menu

When you are already inside the panel, look for the section called “Programs and characteristics”. Once you find it (it is accompanied by a symbol with a CD case), click on its name to enter the corresponding panel.

Enter programs and features

Within this, all you have to do now is go directly to the section called “Enable or disable Windows features”. Click on it and wait a few seconds for it to load.

Enable or disable Windows features

4 – Activate or deactivate as you like

You are already in the menu “Windows features”. Now, you can choose all those options you want and those you don’t, mark or uncheck as you like so that these services are enabled or disabled.

All you have to do is click on the corresponding boxes or, if you prefer, open the folders to make much more specific adjustments. Take time to review everything properly to leave only what you really need. Everything else spends resources that can be essential for the good performance of your team.

All the features of Windows 10

When you’re done, just press the button “To accept” and you’re done. It is possible that, if you modify many parameters and several of them are really important, the system asks you to reboot to apply the changes. In that case, accept and let the automatic restart take place.

There is another much shorter method to enter. You just have to click on the “Start” menu button and, within this, write the following in the search bar: “Enable or disable Windows features”. In this way, after clicking on the result that appears, you will directly access point 4 of the instructions we have given.

However, if you follow all the above instructions, you will also be able to access other important sections for computer maintenance.

What are the main optional features that Windows 10 has?

Here is a list of some of the most important features available in the Windows 10 professional version, as many of the more interesting features such as Hyper-V virtualization requires Windows 10 in its Professional version.

For those users who have Windows 10 Home, you will only have part of these functions. On the other hand if you are using Windows 10 Enterprise or Education, you will have many more functions at your disposal.

Microsoft Message Queue (MSMO) Server: This old service improves communications on unreliable networks by queuing messages instead of sending them immediately. This is only useful if you have a business application that requires and uses this particular feature.

NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0): You will need it installed to run applications written for these versions of .NET. Windows will install it automatically if an application requires it. .NET Framework 4.6

Advanced Services: These features are also installed automatically if necessary. They are only necessary to run applications that require it. Active

Directory Lightweight Directory Services: This provides a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server. It runs as a Windows service and provides a directory for user authentication on a network. It is a lightweight alternative to a full Active Directory server and will only be useful on certain corporate networks.

Hyper-V: This is a virtualization tool from Microsoft. It includes the underlying platform and services and a graphical Hyper-V Administrator tool for creating, managing and using virtual machines.

Media Features (Windows Media Player): You can disable access to Windows Media Player from here, if you see fit.

Internet Information Services: Provides Microsoft IIS FTP and web servers along with server management tools.

Legacy Components (DirectPlay): DirectPlay was part of DirectX, and was used for networking and multiplayer games by some games. Windows 10 will install it automatically when an old game that requires DirectPlay is installed.

Internet Information Server Core Hostable Web: Allows you to host a web server using IIS within your own process. You only need to install this if you need to run an application that requires it.

Isolated User Mode: A new feature in Windows 10 that allows applications to run in a safe and isolated space if they are programmed to do so.

Microsoft Print to PDF: Windows 10 includes a PDF printer that can be disabled if required.

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