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According to an update on the Windows 7 Engineering site on MSDN, users will be allowed to disable almost every major feature that ships with the operating system--yes, including Internet Explorer 8.

Microsoft noted that due to all the anti-trust dealings, user feedback, and browser-OS integration controversies, it has decided to allow users to turn off almost everything, except the core OS itself. The post listed that a new feature, called Windows Features, will be available on the next major build of Windows 7, and will allow a number of things to be turned off. Some major applications among the long list of features that you can disable are:

- All Windows games
- Internet Explorer 8
- Indexing services
- .NET framework
- Windows DVD Maker
- Windows Media Player

Despite the tool, users will not be able to configure much of Windows 7 during the installation and setup process. Even though it received a great deal of feedback to allow options to be configured during setup, Microsoft felt that in order to reduce the complexity of getting Windows up and running, the disabling feature will only be available after installation is complete.

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Despite this, features that are turned off, will not be accessible, but re-enabling them will also not require original installation disc.

According to the post:

"If a feature is deselected, it is not available for use. This means the files (binaries and data) are not loaded by the operating system (for security-conscious customers) and not available to users on the computer. These same files are staged so that the features can easily be added back to the running OS without additional media. This staging is important feedback we have received from customers who definitely do not like to dig up the installation DVD."

We can't imagine turning off Minesweeper and Solitar--we reckon that these two Windows features are the most widely used. Which features would you turn off?
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awesome, i love the customization, that's what keeps me away from OSX
(sorry @ple fans)

but we might see peripherals still be coded to work with WMP just as there are for quicktime.

EDIT: Please do not take my comments the wrong way and start a MAC vs PC thread. Windows 7 should be compared to vista in terms of inprovement.
 

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YES, severe love for windows 7!
and plus rep for you!
 

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It would be even better if they could be removed.

Most features could be disabled in Vista, but it was all still there somewhere, and the OS still took 10-15GB of hard disk space regardless.
 

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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post
It would be even better if they could be removed.

Most features could be disabled in Vista, but it was all still there somewhere, and the OS still took 10-15GB of hard disk space regardless.
Thats what nLite(XP) is for or vLite for Vista. Its pretty much impossible for Microsoft to cater for everyone but as long as WE can still customize it somewhat the more the better!
 

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I'll be keeping Indexing and .NET for sure, but the idea of never having to deal with Windows Media Player or IE...

I'll take it!
 

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yay for Windows 7 turning out to be utter pwn. I can't wait till an RC is released, and can't wait even more for the final product.
 

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It would be nice if we would be able to actually remove it instead of just disabling it. Less code = less chance of exploits.

The article says that the operating system doesn't load it at all if it's disabled for that very reason..
 

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Doesn't look like I'll be able to turn off the only things I want to turn off, which are IE8 and WMP11. They're still required by all my apps. :\\
 

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Originally Posted by MadCatMk2 View Post
Usually I understand people who depend on extremely specific applications as I'm one of them, but WMP and IE8?
Sadly, when I think of it I think i'm in the same predicament for IE8, unless Valve decides to update Steam, as I think the web browser in Steam relies on Internet Explorer for operation. For example, your IE settings are carried over to Steam such as popup blocker etc.
 

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Originally Posted by Shadow_UGZ View Post
- All Windows games
- Internet Explorer 8
- Indexing services
- .NET framework
- Windows DVD Maker
- Windows Media Player
Things you can DISABLE in Vista (in the same way you disable them in W7):
- All Windows games
- Internet Explorer 7
- Indexing Services
- .NET framework
- (Vista Business doesn't have DVD Maker)
- WMP Network Sharing Services

My comments on the above items:
- Games are fun...
- IE7 is a vital component of a lot of programs (like steam and the entire OS) and can not be fully removed, nor should it be
- Indexing gets turned off immediately
- I can't even imagine not having .NET framework installed. I use it on a regular basis for school (Visual Studio 08)
- I don't have DVD Maker on this version of Vista
- Lots of programs and websites use WMP active-X controls and pluggins to display media. Why would you want to fully remove it? (though, the network sharing stuff can gets turned off ASAP)

I don't understand why y'all get all getty over this. It seems what y'all really want is what we have had for years (nLite and vLite) to actually REMOVE components from the OS. Think about what you ACTUALLY want before you start watering from the mouth.

I love Vista and I hope Windows 7 is even better.
 

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Originally Posted by Torched-Geek View Post
Sadly, when I think of it I think i'm in the same predicament for IE8, unless Valve decides to update Steam, as I think the web browser in Steam relies on Internet Explorer for operation. For example, your IE settings are carried over to Steam such as popup blocker etc.
Indeed. Disconnect your internet while the Steam store is open, refresh, and you'll get an IE "Page cannot be displayed" error.
 

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windows seven is turning out to be what vista should have been.

saying that, I still love vista. I just want something better/more efficient

Couldn't agree more.
 

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people complain too much about vista. OMG you need 2GB of ram to run smootly (not gaming)! thats less than $20 worth of ram. And 15-20GB HDD space? thats less than $2 worth of your HDD. If you are still running a pc with a 20GB hdd and 256mb of ram, dont expect to be able to get a new OS and just dont complain.
vista is good
7 is better
 

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Sweet!! WIN 7 is looking better and better!
 
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