Fix: Turn Windows Features on or off is blank or empty

Sometimes, Windows may throw up funny errors. It may happen that you open Control Panel, click open Program & Features and go on to turn Windows features on or off. While on a normal day you will see options to turn on or off, Windows features like Hyper-V, Internet Explorer, IIS, Media features, .NET Framework, etc, I am sure you will be surprised if you were to find the window blank or empty!

turn windows features on or off blank

While this could happen on very rare occasions, you should know how to fix it if you or your friend’s computer were to ever face this problem. We have seen what to do if the Windows Update page is blank or the Control Panel is blank. In this post lets see the potential solutions to this problem

Turn Windows Features on or off blank

1.  See if a system restore helps you. Else Run System File Checker.

2. Create a new administrator account and see if it resolves the issue.

3. Make sure the Windows Modules Installer service Startup status is set to Automatic and it is currently running. To do this, type services.msc in Run box and hit Enter to open the Services Manager. Look for Windows Modules Installer and check its status. Double-click on it to change its Properties if required. This Windows Service, enables installation, modification, and removal of Windows updates and optional components. If this service is disabled, install or uninstall of Windows updates might fail for this computer.

4. Maye your Windows Component Store has been corrupted, so see if fixing this corruption helps you. While one can use the CheckSUR tool to resolve this issue, the way it works in Windows 8 is different, says TechNet. The Inbox Corruption Repair in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 brings the functionality of CheckSUR into Windows.

To repair the Component Store corruption open an elevated command prompt and run the following command, and restart your computer:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

If things work for you, you will be able to see the Turn Windows features on or off populated with the options.

turn windows features on or off

If nothing helps, you may have to Repair Install Windows 7 or Refresh Windows 8.

Hope something helps!

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • vagner

    i have a problem here… turn windows features on/off shows everything but windows media features plus tab

  • Anand Khanse

    Hmm… maybe your version of Windows does not have these features …

  • Stan Parker

    no, more like malware grey’ed them out, or even took them out of the system entirely… backup user profile, reinstall windows 7 x64 ult. and next time be sure hardware based DEP is on for ALL so windows 7 does not go corrupt due to malware ruining system files/ modules/ components datablocks data… plain and simple, and might be fab idea to encrypt w/ bitlocker in the whole friggin god like process, cheers Peace ~N~ power filled Great PC Times~!!~

  • Stan Parker

    if it is Windows 8 without the added windows media code to enable and install it, then it would not have it, It’s an add-on in windows 8 * version specific add-on code key needed, cheers!

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