Jan 4, 2008

Removing Windows Components in Windows Vista

I got a call out of the blue from a Navy buddy of mine who is stationed in Germany yesterday asking me how he can uninstall Windows Media Player from his new Windows Vista machine. Seeing as how I haven't gone down the Vista road yet I wasn't sure.

I thought it would be just like in Windows XP where you go into Add/ Remove Programs, then go into Add/Remove Windows Components. Of course it wasn't that easy in Vista. No, once again they made a change for the sake of change.

In order to Add/Remove Windows Components in Windows Vista, you have to do the following:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. In the left hand pane choose “Classic View”
  3. Double click “Programs and Features”
  4. Look in the left hand pane and click on “Turn Windows Features on or off”
  5. Once the box is “updated” you will be able to Add/Remove Windows Components

I remoted into his computer in Germany using ShowMyPc and was able to go in and uninstall it for him. I'm glad to know that even though I am no longer in the Navy, I can still serve my country by helping a sailor out with his PC. By the way, this is also good to know if you want to add components too like IIS.

Do you know of an easier way to get to this in Vista? Let me know in the comments.

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