If you try to access the Windows Features or the Turn Windows Features On or Off, though, the Control Panel or by simply typing optionalfeatures.exe in your start search box, the following dialogue box is expected to open. But if the Turn Windows Features on or off feature is not working, or if optionalfeatures.exe is blank or empty in Windows 11/10, this post will help you troubleshoot the issue.
Windows throws up funny errors sometimes. You click 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, IIS, Media features, .NET Framework, etc, I am sure you will be surprised if you were to find the window blank or empty!
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, let’s see the potential solutions to this problem.
The Windows Features or the Turn Windows Features On or Off box of the Control panel, lets you turn off or turn on several features of the Windows operating system. Turning off a feature does not uninstall the feature – nor does it free up disk space. It only disables the feature.
Turn Windows Features on or off not working, blank or empty
If the Turn Windows Features on or off feature is not working, or it is blank or empty in Windows 11/10, these suggestions are sure to help you resolve the issue:
- Run System Restore
- Run System File Checker
- Create a new administrator account
- Check Windows Modules Installer Service status
- Delete this Registry key
- Run DISM
Let us see these in detail.
1] Run System Restore
See if a System Restore helps you. Going back to a prior good point is the easiest way.
2] Run System File Checker
Run sfc /scannow or System File Checker to replace corrupted Windows 11/10 system files.
3] Create a new administrator account
Create a new administrator account and see if it resolves the issue.
4] Check Windows Modules Installer Service status
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.
5] Delete this Registry key
Open an elevated command prompt, type the following and hit Enter:
reg delete HKLM\COMPONENTS /v StoreDirty
But this may or may not work for all.
6] Run DISM
If this Turn Windows Features On or Off box appears completely blank, it is quite possible that the Component Store that contains information about Windows components has been corrupted – so see if fixing this corruption helps you.
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.
Hope something helps!
Why can’t I turn on Windows Features?
You will be unable to turn on Windows Features if the Windows Modules Installer service is disabled. So make sure the Windows Modules Installer service Startup status is set to Automatic and it is currently running.
Why is Turn Windows features on or off blank?
If the optionalfeatures.exe file has become corrupted, then Turn Windows features on or off can be blank or empty. Follow the instructions in this post to resolve the issue.