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    Manage Optional Features in Windows 10

    How to Manage Optional Features in Windows 10
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    14 May 2018
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    How to Manage Optional Features in Windows 10

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove optional features for all users in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:






    Manage Optional Features in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Manage Optional Features in Windows 10
    Add or Remove XPS Viewer in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

    2. Click/tap on Apps & features on the left side, and click/tap on the Manage optional features link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Do step 3 (history), step 4 (add), step 5 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     3. To See Optional Feature History

    A) Click/tap on the See optional feature history link. (see screenshot below)

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    B) You will now see the last 7 days of added and removed optional feature history. Go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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     4. To Add an Optional Feature

    A) Click/tap on Add a feature. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on an optional feature you want to add, click/tap on Install, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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     5. To Remove an Optional Feature

    A) Click/tap on an added optional feature you want to remove, click/tap on Uninstall, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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    6. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    Manage Optional Features in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Manage Optional Features in Windows 10
    Manage Optional Features in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. This will give you a list of all optional features with their Capability Identity (name) and their current State as either Installed (added) or Not Present (removed). (see screenshots below)

    Make note of the name (ex: "XPS.Viewer~~~~0.0.1.0") of the optional feature (ex: "XPS Viewer") you want to add or remove.
    3. Do step 4 (add) or step 5 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     4. To Add Optional Feature

    A) Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:name

    Substitute name in the command above with the actual name (ex: "XPS.Viewer~~~~0.0.1.0") of the optional feature from step 2 you want to add.

    For example: DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:XPS.Viewer~~~~0.0.1.0

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     5. To Remove Optional Feature

    A) Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    DISM /Online /Remove-Capability /CapabilityName:name

    Substitute name in the command above with the actual name (ex: "XPS.Viewer~~~~0.0.1.0") of the optional feature from step 2 you want to remove.

    For example: DISM /Online /Remove-Capability /CapabilityName:XPS.Viewer~~~~0.0.1.0

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    6. You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.






    Manage Optional Features in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Manage Optional Features in Windows 10
    Manage Optional Features in PowerShell

    1. Open an elevated PowerShell.

    2. Copy and paste the command below into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. This will give you a list of all optional features with their FeatureName and their current State as either Enabled (added) or Disabled (removed). (see screenshots below)

    Make note of the name (ex: "Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64") of the optional feature (ex: "Internet Explorer") you want to add or remove.
    3. Do step 4 (add) or step 5 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     4. To Add Optional Feature

    A) Copy and paste the command below into the elevated PowerShell, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature –FeatureName "name" -All -Online

    Substitute name in the command above with the actual name (ex: "Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64") of the optional feature from step 2 you want to add.

    For example: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature –FeatureName "Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64" -All -Online

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     5. To Remove Optional Feature

    A) Copy and paste the command below into the elevated PowerShell, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature –FeatureName "name" -Online

    Substitute name in the command above with the actual name (ex: "XPS.Viewer~~~~0.0.1.0") of the optional feature from step 2 you want to remove.

    For example: Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature –FeatureName "Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64" -Online

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    6. If prompted to restart the computer to apply, type Y, and press Enter.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. SaggyMaggyPoo's Avatar
    Posts : 195
    Win 10 64bit with AU
       28 Jul 2015 #1

    Thanks for this Shawn.

    It's a shame that everything is just on one list. I was looking for the Insider Hub and almost missed it in among all those language features.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       28 Jul 2015 #2

    I almost missed Insider Hub in the list as well. :)
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  3.    28 Jul 2015 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    I almost missed Insider Hub in the list as well. :)
    Add me to the "did miss it" list...
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  4. Cliff S's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       27 Apr 2018 #4

    Hey Shawn, have you already tried uninstalling WMP and/or IE11 with the manage optional features?
    I was just wondering if it had any negative side effects, as I do not use either anymore, on this machine at least.

    I probably could get rid of XPS viewer too, as I have never, ever used it, unless you know a reason I should leave it on the system...
    I'm on 1803 RP in case these three are not showing up on your system.
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  5.    27 Apr 2018 #5

    I removed IE from my 1803 a couple days ago. I have not ran into any issues. Edge still works fine without it. I do not know about WMP and XPS.
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  6. Cliff S's Avatar
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       27 Apr 2018 #6

    Access Denied said: View Post
    I removed IE from my 1803 a couple days ago. I have not ran into any issues. Edge still works fine without it. I do not know about WMP and XPS.
    Thanks A.D.:)
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  7.    27 Apr 2018 #7

    Welcome
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,988
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
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       27 Apr 2018 #8

    Hey Cliff, :)

    I tried, but it doesn't do anything for me when I click on the Uninstall button in Manage Optional Features.
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  9. Cliff S's Avatar
    Posts : 21,625
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       27 Apr 2018 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    Hey Cliff, :)

    I tried, but it doesn't do anything for me when I click on the Uninstall button in Manage Optional Features.
    I'll give it a shot, and nuke all three, and let you know then.
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