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How to Add or Remove Optional Features on Windows 11

Jan 5, 2023

Use the optional features in Windows 11, which allow you to install other features on your computers, such as XPS, Hyper-V, Windows Developer Mode, and much more. These features are friendly to some users. However, it may be too advanced for some users and may cause problems on your PC if configured incorrectly. If you ever wondered how to add or remove optional features, this article will tell you the answer.

Method1. Add or Remove Optional Features Using the Settings App.

Using the settings in Windows is the easiest way to help you quickly add or remove optional features.

Step1. Open the Optional features.

Press Win + I on your keyboard to open Settings. Click on the App on your left pane and choose the optional features on your right pane.

Step2. Add or remove optional features.

Click on the View features button, roll the mouse to check the optional feature that needs to be added, and then click next.

In the window that appears, select Install.

If you want to uninstall optional features, simply follow the steps above to open optional features, select the optional feature you want to uninstall, and click Uninstall.

Method2. Add or Remove Optional Features Using Control Panel.

Step1. Open the Control Panel

Click on Windows Start and type the control panel in the search box, and open the matched item.

Step2. Click on the Programs and Features

Click the Category drop-down menu at the top right of the Control Panel window and select Large Icons. Select Programs and Features from the list of options that appears.

And next click on the ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ option from the left sidebar.

Step3. Add or remove optional features. 

Add or remove optional features in the Windows Features dialog, then click the OK button.

Notice: The check box is a small tick icon to add this optional feature, and the horizontal line icon is to delete this optional feature.

Method3. Add or Remove Optional Features Using Windows PowerShell

In addition to the above methods, you can also use Windows PowerShell to perform administrative tasks. You can add or remove optional features by following the steps below. 

Step1. Open the Windows PowerShell.

Click on Windows Start and type Windows PowerShell in the search box. Click on the matching item to open it.

Step2. Select optional features to add or remove.

Type the command below and press Enter. A screen will appear with all the optional features available on your PC.

Get-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online | FT

Select the optional feature you want to remove or add, and copy its name.

Step3. Add optional features.

Enter the following command to add an optional feature to your computer.

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName -All

Notice: You need to replace the command with the optional feature name you need to add.

After executing the above command, type Y and press Enter to restart your computer and install optional features.

Step4. Remove optional features

Enter the following command to remove an optional feature from your PC.

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName

Notice: You need to replace the command with the optional feature name you need to remove.

After executing the above command, type Y and press Enter to restart your computer and uninstall optional features.

The above is the method of adding and removing optional features, have you learned it? If you have other problems with computer usage, you can visit WiseCleaner, which has a lot of computer tips, and hope it can help you.

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