With Windows 7 it was easy to add windows features or any other programs to your computer because all of this was done in one place via the control panel. Windows 8, Windows 10 and early editions of Windows 11 obscured the process to add Windows Features. Add-on features like .NET 3.5, Hyper-V, IIS and Telnet could be added by:

  1. Right click the START button and select APPS AND FEATURES
  2. Scrolling to the bottom and selecting ADD FEATURES

but today Windows 11 has removed the reference to FEATURES in APPS AND FEATURES by renaming it to INSTALLED APPS, and that little link to add features has been removed.

how to add windows features to Windows 11

As of the fall on 2023, if you want to enable a Windows Feature like Hyper-V, IIS, Telnet, Windows Sandbox, or Windows Subsystem for Linux, you have a couple of old-school choices:

  • Click START and type APPWIZ.CPL, which takes you to the old UNINSTALL OR CHANGE PROGRAM, click the TURN WINDOWS FEATURES ON OR OFF link in the top left
  • Click START and type FEATURES which will take you directly to TURN WINDOWS FEATURES ON OR OFF


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