Monday, March 9, 2009

Microsoft : Lots to turn off in Windows 7

In a blog announcement on Friday, Microsoft acclaimed that, with Windows 7, customers will accept the advantage of disabling a number of the features of the operating system, should they so choose. It turns out it is not just Internet Explorer that users will be able to turn off in Windows 7.

In the recent Windows 7 buils, Testers had noticed that users could turn off the Web browser, in addition to many other things that were already part of a "Windows Features" dialog box. However, in its blog, Microsoft acclaimed that there are a number of things that users could not turn off in Windows Vista, but will be able to in the final version of Windows 7. Among the fresh options, users will now be able to turn off things such as Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Windows Search, the XPS Viewer and several others.

"If a feature is deselected, it is not accessible for use," Microsoft said in the blog. "This means the files (binaries and data) are not loaded by the operating system (for security-conscious customers) and not accessible to users on the computer. These same files are staged so that the features can calmly be added back to the active OS without additional media. This staging is important acknowledgment we have received from customer who absolutely do not like to dig up the installation DVD."

Microsoft beneath to comment on what role, if any, antitrust and authoritative issues played in the decision to expand the number Windows components that can be disabled. However, a number of the programs on the list are things that have drawn regualtory ire, such as the browser and media player, as well as the XPS technology which has been seen as a rival to Adobe's PDF.

With Windows 7, Microsoft has additionally bare several programs out of the operating system entirely. The photo gallery, e-mail, and movie-making programs that had been part of Windows will now be accessible only as abstracted Windows Live downloads. With Windows Vista, Microsoft included a version in the operating system, but then offered for download an alternative Windows Live service-connected version.

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