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Remove Meeting Space if you don't need it

Windows could be used by anyone and for any purpose, so when it is installed you get a general set of features that are applicable to a wide range of users. This means that there will be some features and functions that you never use. Windows would be slimmer and faster if it only included the things that you actually need.

In Vista go to Programs and Features in the Control Panel and then click the link in the task pane on the left labelled Turn Windows features on or off. After a bit of disk activity you'll see a list of features and down near the bottom is something called Windows Meeting Space. It's probably ticked, which indicates that it is installed on your PC, but have you ever used it? Do you even know what it's for or how to use it? The answer is probably No in each case.

It is best if you don't have stuff installed that you never use, so clear the tick against Windows Meeting Space and click OK. Windows will then remove it. (Returning and ticking it will re-install it.)

So what is it? Windows Meeting Space is a tool to enable two or more people to work collaberatively and to share programs and desktops. It is a peer-to-peer networking tool and it's designed to be used over a network, such as in a company.

It can be used up to 10 people at the same time and when the program is run it starts a meeting session so you can invite people to join in and send them a password. They in turn can accept. Each meeting attendee can share files, see the same view of a program like Word or Excel, and see the desktop.

Removing Windows Meeting Space may only make a tiny difference to Windows, but a lot of tiny tweaks add up to something significant, so they are always worth doing.

If you think that Windows Meeting Space might be useful to you, check out this summary, this FAQ and this step-by-step guide.

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