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Windows 7: Bypassing "turn windows features on and off"

21 Jun 2010   #1
ogorir

Win 7 64 bit
 
 
Bypassing "turn windows features on and off"

(sorry if this is in the wrong area)

My "turn windows features on and off" box is blank. this is a known error with many 'solutions' that have not worked in my case.

I've reinstalled win7 prof. x64 twice (for a total of 3 installs). somewhere along the line of installing my standard programs 9all of which work, no issues, ect.) my "turn windows features on and off" box will go blank. I tried figuring out what program triggered this behavior by reinstalling and restarting after every program installed and checking the box. it was a different program that triggered the event from reinstall 1 to reinstall 2. so, that's telling me it's not a specific program that's triggering it.

anyway, I don't have 2 hours to reinstall windows and my programs every night, so I'd like to know if there is a workaround (ie registry entries) that I can edit to enable features and programs. from my understanding of how "turn windows features on and off" works, it must only be changing a registry entry or editing a config file that tells the OS not to load those features, as in the documentation, it states that the programs and features are not uninstalled, they're just disabled.

so, is there a group of registry entries or config file that the "turn windows features on and off" dialog edits that I can access manually?


additionally, I'm really not interested in trying to fix the box. I'm interested in turning the TIFF image parser on, IE8 off, and windows search back on(don't ask). if you can't answer my question and you're not sure if it's possible, please refrain from making some reference to a tutorial I've already tried, or some snide comment about how my install must not be legit or a did a "custom install" like it's some sort of voodoo. on the other hand, if you're ABSOLUTELY SURE it can't be done. please feel free to tell me that I'm up that proverbial creek with no paddle.


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21 Jun 2010   #2
tea

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Well yes, I'd have to if this is a legit OS. The only thing I can think of is that it's a badly pirated copy. Maybe try /sfc scannow from a cmd prompt. Maybe someone more knowledgeable has a better idea.
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21 Jun 2010   #3
ogorir

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

covered under last paragraph...

anyway, I tried /sfc scannow on all 3 installs, on all 3 it finds an error, fixes it, and still a blank "turn windows features on and off" box.

I will keep looking for solutions.
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21 Jun 2010   #4
ttran

Microsoft Window 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Hi ogorir
This has become well known issue. I think it's better to let you read the whole article about it. I hope this is your situation
The "Windows Features" dialog box is empty in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, or you receive an error message that includes the following code when you try to use Windows Update: "0x80073712"

Good Luck
Tuan
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23 Jul 2010   #5
ogorir

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

I have read that 'solution' many times. I've run CMD -> scf/scannow on all the installs and it 'fixed' some files with now discernable outcome. the 'turn windows features on and off' box is still blank. whatever is happening, .net 3.5 SP 1 is broken, which breaks a LOT of applications. there really needs to be a way to uninstall and reinstall the .net versions. I've had intermittent issues with programs modifying and breaking bits of those installs since version 1.0, and the repairs never seem to fix the problem.

thanks for the help, but I still have a broken install and no work around.
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23 Jul 2010   #6
cluberti

Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ogorir View Post
additionally, I'm really not interested in trying to fix the box. I'm interested in turning the TIFF image parser on, IE8 off, and windows search back on(don't ask). if you can't answer my question and you're not sure if it's possible, please refrain from making some reference to a tutorial I've already tried, or some snide comment about how my install must not be legit or a did a "custom install" like it's some sort of voodoo. on the other hand, if you're ABSOLUTELY SURE it can't be done. please feel free to tell me that I'm up that proverbial creek with no paddle.
You can turn features on and off via dism from the command line (dism /online /Get-Features /format:table to get a list of the features you can run /Enable-Feature or /Disable-Feature against). For example, to disable IE on this x64 box, I would run "dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64".
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23 Jul 2010   #7
ogorir

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

ah, so it CAN be done! that's exactly the answer I was looking for. Thanks a million!
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07 Aug 2010   #8
dob1

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

I would love to hear if this solved your problem. I have the same problem and, as with you, all solutions have not done anything. The DISM instructions are not detailed enough for me.
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05 Jun 2012   #9
GDave

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks Cluberti for the very useful dism command!!! This is exactly what I needed today!
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