A new tutorial titled Windows Vista Feature Guide
was added by Bleeping Computer
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A brief excerpt of the tutorial can be found here:
A Windows Vista feature is simply a set of programs or a particular capability
of the operating system that can be enabled or disabled by an administrator. It
is important to note that in Windows Vista, when you remove or disable a feature,
you are not actually removing files from your hard drive, but rather just deactivating
them. Therefore disabling a feature should not be used as a method of freeing
up hard drive space. On the other hand, by disabling a feature you may gain an
increase in performance due to memory and processor utilization no longer being
allocated towards the particular feature.
Now that you understand what a Windows Vista Feature is, you may be wondering
why people would need to enable or disable them? When you install Windows Vista,
it installs a base set of features. This base set consists of programs and capabilities
that Microsoft feels the average user would require or want when running Windows
Vista. There are, though, features that come with the base install that some
people may not need and by deactivating them you have one less potential program
running in the background using up resources. On the other hand, some people
may have need of a feature that is not activated by default such as Internet
Information Services that would enable them to host a web site on their computer.
This guide will explain how to enable and disable Windows Vista features as
well as describe what each feature does, whether it's installed by default,
and whether we feel its necessary to enable.
We hope you find this tutorial helpful.
The Bleeping Computer Staff