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How To Add Or Remove Windows Components

Windows Components can be considered those extra programs and utilities found on the Windows CD Rom that may or may not fully install during the initial Windows installation. For instance if you perform a basic install of Windows XP, certain components, such as Fax Services and Management and Monitoring Tools, are not installed by default. In addition, certain components that you may never actually use are installed, such as MSN Explorer and Windows Messenger etc. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to properly Add and/or Remove these extra Windows Components according to how they can suit your needs.

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For Windows XP

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  5. Now double click on the Add Remove Programs icon to display the Add Remove Programs window.
  6. Then click the Add/Remove Windows Components icon on the left hand side of the screen.
  7. The Windows Components wizard will open and display the available components to add or remove.
  8. Now click on any individual component, such as Networking Services.
  9. To remove the component entirely from your computer uncheck the box.
  10. To remove certain parts of the component click the Details button at the bottom of the screen.
  11. This will allow you to uncheck the individual component parts you want to remove.
  12. To add components, check their boxes or click the Details button and select the ones you want.
  13. Note: If you add components make sure you have your Windows CD available as you may need it.
  14. When you finished selecting components, click the Next button to save your changes.
  15. Then click on the Finish button to exit the Windows Components wizard window.
  16. Then close the Add Remove Programs Window to return back to your Windows session.
  17. Depending on what you have added or removed Windows may prompt you to reboot your system.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Settings and then click on the Control Panel icon.
  3. Double click on the Add/Remove Programs icon to open up its Properties window.
  4. Then click the Windows Setup tab in the center top area of the screen.
  5. Now click on any individual component, such as Games.
  6. To remove the component entirely from your computer uncheck the box.
  7. To remove certain parts of the component click the Details button at the bottom of the screen.
  8. This will allow you to uncheck the individual component parts you want to remove.
  9. To add components, check their boxes or click the Details button and select the ones you want.
  10. Note: If you add components make sure you have your Windows CD available as you may need it.
  11. When you are finished selecting components, click the Apply button to save your changes.
  12. Then click on the OK button to exit the Add Remove Programs properties window.
  13. Depending on what you have added or removed Windows may prompt you to reboot your system.

You Can Also Add / Remove Windows Programs By Reading: How To Correctly Un-Install Programs

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