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Published on 05.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Hide Turn Windows Features On or Off

Learn how to hide the “Turn Windows Features On or Off” task in Windows 7.

This setting prevents users from accessing the “Turn Windows features on or off” task from the Programs Control Panel in Category View, Programs and Features in Classic View, and Get Programs. As a result, users cannot view, enable, or disable various Windows features and services.

If this setting is disabled or is not configured, the “Turn Windows features on or off” task will be available to all users.

This setting does not prevent users from using other tools and methods to configure services or enable or disable program components.

Hide the “Turn Windows Features On or Off” Task

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and then select Programs in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Hide “Windows Features” in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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