windows 7At long last, it seems Microsoft is finally going to acknowledge that users don’t want all of their pre-installed software that comes with an operating system.

For as long as Windows has been around, it has always come with a slew of Microsoft products that you may not actually have any use for. The problem was that you couldn’t uninstall any of them because they were always seemingly connected to something else in the system. According to the Windows 7 development blog, this issue is finally being addressed in the next iteration of the well-known operating system.

You will be able to go into the “Windows Features” control panel and simply uncheck the boxes for the programs you do not want to run.  This does not uninstall the software, it simple prevents it from loading, and will render the software unusable by anyone using the computer.  If you should later change your mind, you can go back into the same control panel and reactivate the software.  The programs you will be to control in this way include:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Search
  • Handwriting Recognition (through the Tablet PC Components option)
  • Windows Gadget Platform
  • Fax and Scan
  • XPS Viewer and Services (including the Virtual Print Driver)

Considering the sordid security history of Internet Explorer, this is a welcome inclusion into the system. Quite often you could get a virus through another means that would use Internet Explorer to carry out its tasks. If the program is turned off, then it shouldn’t be able to do anything and will lay dormant in your system. I am sure, however, that given enough time, virus authors will figure out how to reactivate it without you knowing.

Security concerns aside, this is a welcome inclusion in Windows 7, and something Microsoft has needed to do for a long time. Kudos to them.

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