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What Are Windows Optional Features? How to Add these features?

Do you ever feel like your computer has a bunch of stuff you don't even use? Maybe you just want the important things, or maybe you need special tools for what you do. Windows lets you pick and choose those tools with something called "optional features." These are like add-ons for your computer, letting you install only what you need. In this article, we'll explain what Windows optional features are and how to add, delete and hide optional features in Windows in just a few clicks!

What are the Windows Optional Features?

In Windows, optional features are functionalities which is not included in the basic installation by default. These features can be added later depending on your specific needs and preferences. They offer a way to customize your Windows experience and keep the operating system leaner if there are programs you don't anticipate using.

Some examples of optional features in Windows include:

  • Language packs: Add support for different languages for displaying menus and dialog boxes.

  • Legacy Windows tools: Programs like Paint, Notepad, and Wordpad.

  • Media features: Windows Media Player for playing audio and video files.

  • .NET Framework: A requirement for some older applications.

Here are some benefits of using optional features:

  • Customization: You can install necessary features that reduces storage space and clutter.

  • Performance: A smaller OS footprint can lead to a more streamlined system.

How to Access Windows Optional Features?

Method 1: Using Settings

Open the Settings App and navigate to "System => Optional features".

Access Windows Optional Features using settings

Method 2: Using Run Command

STEP 1: Press the Windows key + R to open the run window.

STEP 2: Copy and paste the below command:

Access Windows Optional Features using run command

Click OK.

How to Add Windows Optional Feature?

STEP 1: Navigate to "Settings => System => Optional features".

STEP 2: Click on "View feature" to add an optional feature.

add Windows Optional Features

You will see a list of optional features that you can add. Find your desired features.

Select the box to add a feature. You can select multiple features.

How to add Windows Optional Features

STEP 3: Click Next.

Add an Windows Optional Features

STEP 4: Click the "Add" button.

How to Delete Optional Feature in Windows?

STEP 1: Navigate to "Settings => System => Optional Features".

STEP 2: Select the feature that you want to remove.

Delete Windows Optional Features

STEP 3: Click on "Remove".

How to Hide Optional Feature in Windows?

There are two different methods to hide optional features:

  1. Using Local Group Policy Editor

  2. Windows PowerShell

Method 1: Hide the Optional Feature using the Local Group Policy Editor

STEP 1: Press the Windows key + R. Type "gpedit.msc" and click OK.

STEP 2: Navigate to the following path:

User Configuration\Administrative Template\Programs

STEP 3: Double-click on Hide "Windows Features".

Hide Windows Optional Features using local group policy editor

STEP 4: A prompt box will appear. Select "Enabled" to hide the optional features from the device.

Click enable to hide Windows Optional Features

Note: You cannot disable specific Windows features using this method.

Method 2: Hide Optional Feature using Windows PowerShell

STEP 1: Open the Windows PowerShell.

STEP 2: Copy and paste the below commands:

To enable the Windows feature


Hide Windows Optional Features using Windows PowerShell

To disable the Windows feature



Windows Optional features offer a great way to personalize your PC experience. By only installing the features you need, you can free up valuable storage space and potentially improve system performance. Remember, you can always add or remove features later if your needs change. So, take control of your Windows experience and explore the world of optional features!


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