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How to add or remove Windows XP components

Windows XP can be customized to a certain degree by adding or removing components. Some components (such as Fax Services) can add functionality that users may or may not want, while other components (like Accessories and Utilities) are used by almost everyone.

If there are components you don't use -- for example, MSN Explorer or Windows Messenger -- you can disable those components to save a little bit of disk space. The components won't be deleted from your computer, however, so if you decide you want to re-enable them later, you can easily do that.

To add or remove Windows XP components, open the Control Panel and double click Add or Remove Programs. Along the left side of the window is a button that says Add/Remove Windows Components; click that button.

The Windows Components Wizard will appear. Scroll through the list of components and decide which ones you want to enable or disable. (The ones you currently have enabled have a check mark next to them.) Checking a component will enable it, while removing the check mark will disable it.

Some components have multiple parts to them. Highlight these components and click the Details button to see which applications or services make up that component. You can choose to only enable or disable certain aspects of each component, rather than the component as a whole.

When you have made the changes that you wanted to make, click the Next button at the bottom of the screen. The Wizard will configure your new components (or uninstall the ones you don't want), and when it finishes you'll see a message saying that the process has been completed. Click Finish to close the Wizard.

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fax driver missing


Microsoft Office 2010 has a feature that lets you send Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files as Internet faxes. This feature relies on having the Windows Fax Printer Driver or Fax Services installed on the computer to send the faxes. The Windows Fax feature is not enabled by default for all editions of Windows. If your edition of Windows includes the driver or service, you must install it before you can send Internet faxes.
Which operating system are you using? Windows 7
  1. In Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Programs and Features.

Note In Classic view, double-click Programs and Features.

  1. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  2. In the Windows Features dialog box, under Print and Document Services, select the Windows Fax and Scan check box.
  3. Click OK.
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Windows Vista The Windows Fax Printer Driver is included in the following editions of Windows Vista: Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate.
  1. In Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Programs and Features.

Note In Classic view, double-click Programs and Features.

  1. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
  2. In the Windows Features dialog box, select the Windows Fax and Scan check box.
  3. Click OK.
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Windows XP
  1. In Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add/Remove Windows Component.

Note In Classic view, double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  1. In the Windows Component Wizard, select the Fax Services check box.
  2. Click Next.
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Windows Server 2008 To create a fax server, you must install the Fax Server role. This installs the Fax Server role page, Fax Service Manager, Windows Fax and Scan (with faxing capabilities only), the Fax service, and the Fax printer.
  1. In Control Panel, under Programs, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  2. Right-click Roles, and then click Add Roles.
  3. In the Add Roles Wizard, under Select Server Roles, click Fax Server role.

Note If Print Services are not installed, you are prompted to install it.

  1. Click the users or groups that you want to send faxes.
  2. Click who you want to have access to the fax server inbox.
  3. Click Install.
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Windows Server 2003 The Fax Service is included in all editions of Windows Server 2003 except the Web edition.
  1. In Control Panel, click Add/Remove Programs.
  2. In the Add/Remove Programs dialog box, click Add or Remove Windows Components.
  3. In the Windows Component Wizard, select the Fax Services check box, and then click Next.
  4. If you want to share the fax printer so that everybody in the network can send and receive faxes, click Yes.
  5. Click Finish.


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Jul 26, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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MY DELL 948 WILL NOT SEND A FAX


there is a generic Fax program in windows XP. If your using the vista home basic or home edition, it does not have these function unless you install an actual fax program. If not you can install it by
for XP -go to the start -control panel -go to the windows add remove programs -add remove windows components and choose the Fax services
-Vista -go to start -control panel -programs and features -add remove windows components and choose the Fax services
hope this helps

Jun 23, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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how to enable ms fax services


  1. 1

    Open the Start menu and select "Run", then type "appwiz.cpl" into the textbox and press "Enter". This will bring up the "Add/Remove Hardware" dialog box.

  2. 2

    Click the "Add/Remove Windows Components" button in the left portion of the dialog box. It will take several seconds for the list of installed components to compile.

  3. 3

    Click the check box next to the "Fax Services" entry and click "OK". This will start the install process for the Windows XP Fax Service. You will be prompted to insert your Windows XP setup disk at some point in this process. Do so, then press "OK" to continue and complete the installation.

  4. 4

    Click "Finish" to exit the installer program.

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