A Guide to Installing or Removing VBScript in Windows 11

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This article provides a guide on how to install or uninstall the legacy VBScript feature on Windows 11, originally removed in favor of JavaScript. Using the Windows Settings app feature, users can select VBScript under the optional features settings pane. Alternatively, installation or uninstallation can be completed via command line in the Windows Terminal app.

This article explains installing or uninstalling the VBScript feature in Windows 11.

VBScript is a legacy Scripting engine component used to create a .vbs file written in the VBScript scripting language.

In August 2019, Microsoft announced they would disable VBScript support in favor of JavaScript in Internet Explorer browsers and other web features. VBScript is not installed with Windows 11 by default.

Starting with Windows 11 build 25309, users can use the Windows Settings app feature to install or uninstall VBScript.

If you still use some VBScript features in your environment and want to use it in Windows 11, the steps below show you how to install and uninstall via Windows Settings app.

Install the VBScript feature in Windows 11 via the Settings app

As described above, users can now install to uninstall the Windows VBScript feature using the Settings app.

Below is how to do that.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Apps button on the left.

windows 11 settings apps on menu
Windows 11 settings apps on the menu

On the right, select the Optional features tile to expand it.

windows 11 optional features tile
Windows 11 optional features tile

On the Apps -> Optional features settings pane, click the View features button.

windows 11 optional features view features button
Windows 11 optional features View features button

Scroll down the features list, select the VBScript check box, and click Next.

Windows install VBScript via the Settings app
Windows install VBScript via the Settings app.

Next, click on the Install button to confirm and complete the installation.

Windows install VBScript confirm install button
Windows install VBScript confirm install button.

Once installed, you should be able to return to Settings -> Apps -> Optional features -> View features; select and uninstall the VBScript feature under Installed features.

Windows uninstall VBScript button
Windows uninstall the VBScript button.

Exit the Settings app when you are done.

Install or Uninstall the VBScript feature via commands

Another way to install or uninstall the VBScript feature is via the command line. You can do that by opening the Windows Terminal app and using either the Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt tab.

On the command console, type in the commands below to install VBScript default features:

DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:VBSCRIPT~~~~

To uninstall, run the commands below:

DISM /Online /Remove-Capability /CapabilityName:VBSCRIPT~~~~

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to install or uninstall the VBScript feature in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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