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Customization #10: Remove Unnecessary Windows Components

Autoruns helps you free up system memory by not loading so many programs when Windows launches. But that isn't the only way to free up system memory; you can also

turn off Windows features that you don't use. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. From the Control Panel, select Programs and Features.
  2. When the Programs and Features window appears, select Turn Windows Features On or Off from the task pane.
  3. When the Windows Features dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 8, uncheck those features you want to disable.
  4. If you want to re-enable any features, check them in the Windows Features dialog box.
  5. If prompted to confirm your choice, click Yes.
  6. Click OK to close the Windows Features dialog box.

Figure 8 Disabling non-essential Windows features

Note that disabling a feature doesn't delete it from your system; it's still there, taking up hard disk space. This way you can easily re-enable any feature you previously disabled, without having to re-install Windows itself.

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