Microsoft’s Windows offers a wide range of helpful features that can be used for a variety of tasks. However, there are a few useless features that you don’t are using today, such as Internet Explorer 11, PowerShell 2.0, Internet Information Services, or Windows Media Player.
I have marked these features as unneeded since I’ve never used them and some of them are no longer in use, for instance, Internet Explorer 11.
Presently, I’m using Windows 10, and I would suggest disabling a lot of these features in the event that you do not use them.
Unnecessary features that you can turn Off in Windows 10
To turn off Windows 10 features, go to Control Panel, click on Program and then click on the Programs and Features tab. You can also open “Programs and Features” by clicking on the Windows logo and choosing it from there.
Take a look at the left-hand sidebar, and select “Turn Windows feature off or on”. The ” Windows Features” window will show in a short time on your screen.
To turn off any feature to disable any features, just uncheck the checkbox, then click “Yes” for confirmation of your choice and then reboot your computer to make the changes effective. You can turn off various features and then reboot your PC.
If you wish to enable these features once more visit this page and click the checkbox, then restart the PC.
This is the time to give you the 11 Windows features that you must remove.
1. Internet Explorer 11
As you may know, Microsoft has replaced Internet Explorer with Edge since the release of Windows 10. However, Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is still a part of the operating system and there are no plans to eliminate it.
But, Microsoft shut down the delivery of updates to IE11 via Windows Update. If you wish to upgrade IE11 to solve bugs or to make improvements it is necessary to download it manually using the Microsoft Update Catalog.
Therefore, if you don’t have any compelling reason to utilize IE11 in the event that Edge is the better alternative, just turn off it.
2. Legacy Components DirectPlay
DirectPlay, an API from Microsoft DirectX API, was used in games like Windows Live ten years ago. Nowadays, modern games do not use the API at all, so you can go ahead and disable this too.
3. Media Features Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player is one of the most popular media players that has a lot of users who use it. But, the drawback to this player is that it does not support certain important video and audio formats.
With Windows 10, Groove Music is the default media player. This could be replaced by Windows Media Player. If you’re using a third-party player, such as VLC Media Player, there is no reason why you should keep Windows Media Player on your PC.
4. Microsoft Print to PDF
This option allows you to convert all documents into PDF files. It functions as an online printer that allows you to create PDF files using your actual documents within Windows. If you’re working with Microsoft Office, then you do not require this feature since you can convert your document as PDF right within Microsoft Office.
5. Internet Printing Client
Similar to its name the feature will permit you to print your documents on your local internet (LAN) or on the Internet using the IPP protocol. However, if you use only the printer that is connected to your computer This feature is not useful.
6. Windows Fax as well as Scan
The ability to enable the feature in your Windows PC will permit users to use Scan or Fax devices are connected to your computer. If you don’t have one device, you can simply switch off this feature.
7. Remote Differential Compression API Support
Microsoft has released this feature to Windows Server 2003 R2 until this moment, which allows users to manage their servers better. Certain programs utilize this feature to allow remote access and manage including Remote Desktop Connection. So if you do not use Windows Server or any kind of remote access, you can turn it off.
8. Windows PowerShell 2.0
It’s possible that Windows PowerShell 2.0 is the most recent version of PowerShell within Windows. However, the latest version of PowerShell is 5.0 which means it’s ineffective. It should be disabled whenever you can.
9. Windows Process Activation Service
If you do not have any plans to operate a home-based server, you must disable Windows Process Activation Service. It’s also referred to by the name of Internet Information Services (IIS) that helped developers develop apps and create projects. If you’re a typical Windows user, you can simply disable it.
10. Work Folders Client
This feature of Windows lets you access and work with any connected devices, like other computers on the internet. However, if you’re using the Windows PC alone at your home, there’s no reason why you should keep this feature.
11. XPS Services and XPS Viewer
XPS is a kind of file designed by Microsoft in order to take over Adobe’s PDF. XPS Services and XPS Viewer are tools that permit users to print, create and even preview XPS documents on their computers. If you do not have plans to use them, then deactivating these features is a good option.
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