Similar to its predecessors, Windows 11 comes with several “optional” features that you can install or uninstall. Some of these features are disabled by default, as they are intended for advanced and business users.
However, if you want to enable or disable a specific optional feature, you can do so via the new Settings app. There are multiple ways to add or remove all or specific optional features in Windows 11. And this guide shows you how.
You can add and remove Features on Demand (Optional Features) in Windows 11 and earlier editions of the Windows OS as often as you need. It comprises language resources, .NET Framework, graphics tool, Microsoft WebDriver, and more. We had covered the use and working of optional features in Windows 10 as well. That said, depending on the edition of Windows 11 you are running, the availability of these features for your computer may vary.
Whether you want to add additional features or make the apps list less cluttered by removing additional components, there are a few ways to install and uninstall optional features in Windows 11.
How to add or remove Optional Features in Windows 11
- Turn On Optional Features in Windows 11 via the Settings
Windows 11’s settings app is your gateway to access most system properties, including optional features.
- Press Win + I to open the Settings app.
- Next, open the Apps tab from the left pane.
- Under the Apps section, click on Optional features.
- Next, click on View features. Windows will populate the screen with the available features
- You can scroll through the features or search for a specific add-on.
- To install, select the add-on and click Next.
- Click the Install button. You can view the progress under the Recent actions section. Once installed, it will appear under the Installed features section.
Turn Off Windows 11 Optional Features via the Settings
If you want to turn off the optional features again, here’s how to do that:
- Go to Settings > Apps > Optional Features.
- Scroll down and click on the feature you want to uninstall.
- Click the Uninstall button.
- Restart your PC if required to apply the changes.
- Enable Optional Features Using the Windows Features Dialog
Microsoft has migrated a lot of Control Panel features to the Windows 11 settings app, but the large-scale migration is yet to happen. As a result, some critical features, including a few optional features such as Hyper-V, are still only available in the classic Windows Features dialog.
- Press Win + I to open Settings.
- Open the Apps tab from the left pane.
- Scroll down and click on Optional Features.
- Scroll down to the Related settings section.
- Click on More Windows features. This will open the classic Windows Features dialog.
- Here, scroll through the available components. Expand the section and select the feature you want to install.
- Click OK to proceed. Windows will look for the required files and install the feature.
Disable Windows Optional Features Using the Windows Features Dialog
- Press Win + R to open Run.
- Type optionalfeatures and click OK.
- In the Windows Features dialog, unselect the component you want to remove and click OK.
- Wait for the process to complete and then restart your PC
- Install Optional Features Using DISM
DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) is a command-line utility primarily used to service Windows images. However, you can also use it to install and configure additional Windows features.
- Press Win + X to bring up the WinX menu.
- Select Windows Terminal (Admin) from the left context menu.
- In the Windows Terminal window, type the following command and hit enter:
dism /Online /Get-Capabilities
- The above command will display all available optional features. If the State shows as Not Present, it means the feature is not installed.
- Scroll through available features to locate the component you want to install.
- Next, copy the Capability Identity (name) for the component. For example, if you want to install the Microsoft WebDriver component, then the Capability Identity will look like this: Microsoft.WebDriver~~~~0.0.1.0
- To install the feature, enter the following command:
dism /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName: Microsoft.WebDriver~~~~0.0.1.0
- Once installed, close the Windows Terminal and restart your PC to apply the changes.\
Uninstall Optional Features using DISM
- Open Windows Terminal as administrator.
- Type the following command and hit enter:
dism /Online /Remove-Capability /CapabilityName:NAME
- Make sure to replace NAME in the above command with the feature name you want to uninstall.