How To Add or Remove a Windows Component in Windows XP

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This article describes how to add or remove a Windows component in Windows XP.

After Windows XP is installed on your computer, you can use the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel to add a Windows component that was not included in the original installation, or to remove an existing Windows component that you no longer require.


To Add a Windows XP Component

  1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components. The Windows Components Wizard starts.
  4. In the Components list, click to select the check box that is next to the component that you want to add. If the check box for a component is shaded, only some of its subcomponents are selected for installation.

    To view a list of the subcomponents, click Details. Click to select the check box next to the subcomponents that you want to add, and then click OK. If the Details button is unavailable, the component does not contain subcomponents.
  5. Click Next.
  6. If the Insert Disk dialog box appears, use one of the following methods:
    • Insert your Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then click OK.
    • Click OK to locate your Windows XP installation files. In the Files Needed dialog box, click Browse, locate your Windows XP installation files, and then click Open. For example, the installation files might be in the D:\I386 folder.
  7. In the Completing the Windows Components Wizard screen, click Finish.

To Remove a Windows XP Component

  1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components. The Windows Components Wizard starts.
  4. In the Components list, click to clear the check box next to the component that you want to remove. Note that a shaded check box next to a component indicates that only some of its subcomponents are installed.

    If you want to remove a subcomponent, click Details. Then, click to clear the check box next to the subcomponents that you want to remove, and then click OK.
  5. Click Next.
  6. In the Completing the Windows Components Wizard screen, click Finish.





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Article ID: 307894 - Last Review: July 14, 2004 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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