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Tweaking Windows XP for Performance, Step 5

Written by IT News on 11:43 PM

STEP 6

5.
Windows Services

One of the most crucial components of Windows. In this section of the guide we'll disable unnecessary servies. I really don't want to explain what each and every service does as it would take quite some time. If you curious here's a link to a fantastic website that's all about Windows services and what each service does, click here. What I'm going to do is list all the services you can safely disable without worrying it'll screw up windows, all the services you should leave at manual, and the services you should always leave at automatic.

A. First of all right click on the My Computer icon and click on Manage, a new window will pop up on the left is the menu, go down click on the plus for "Services and Application" to expand the menu. Last, click on the little icon with the gears named services.

B. To disable a service right click on it's name --> properties. I new window will pop up and with a description of the service, startup type roll down menu, and buttons to stop/start/ pause/resume. Simply select "disable" from the "start up type" menu to disable a service.

C. Services you can safely disable:

:: Services
1. Disabled - Alerter
2. Disabled - Application Layer Gateway Service
3. Manual - Application Management
4. Disabled - Automatic Updates
5. Disabled - Background Intelligent Transfer Service
7. Disabled - Clipbook
8. Manual - COM+ Event System
9. Manual - COM+ System Application
10. Disabled - Computer Browser *1
11. Enabled - Cryptographic Services *1b
12. Disabled - DHCP Client *2
13. Disabled - Distributed Link Tracking Client
14. Disabled - Distributed Transaction Coordinator
15. Automatic - DNS Client
16. Disabled - Error Reporting Service
17. Automatic - Fast User Switching Compatibility *3
18. Disabled - Help and Support *4
19. Manual - Human Interface Device Access
20. Disabled - IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service *5
21. Disabled - Indexing service
22. Disabled - ICF/ICS *6
23. Disabled - IPSEC Service
24. Manual - Logical Disk Manager
25. Manual - Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
26. Disabled - Messanger
27. Disabled - MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
28. Disabled - Net Logon
29. Disabled - NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
30. Manual - Network Connections
31. Disabled - Network DDE
32. Disabled - Network DDE DSDM
33. Disabled - Network Location Awareness
34. Disabled - NT LM Security Support Provider
35. Manual - Performance Logs and Alerts
36. Automatic - Plug and Play
37. Disabled - Portable Media Serial Number
38. Disabled - Print Spooler *7
39. Automatic - Protected Storage
40. Disabled - QoS RSVP
41. Disabled - Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
42. Disabled - Remote Access Connection Manager
43. Disabled - Remote Desktop Help Session
44. Automatic - Remote Procedure Call
45. Manual - Remote Procedure Call Locator
46. Disabled - Remote Registry
47. Disabled - Removable Storage *8
48. Disabled - Routing and Remote Access
49. Disabled - Secondary Logon
50. Automatic - Security Accounts Mangaer
51. Automatic - Server
52. Disabled - Shell Hardware Detection
53. Disabled - Smart Card *9
54. Disabled - Smart Card Helper *9
55. Disabled - SSDP Discovery Service
56. Manual - System Event Notification
57. Disabled - System Restore Service *10
58. Disabled - Tast Scheduler
59. Disabled - TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
60. Manual - Telephony
61. Disabled - Telnet
62. Disabled - Terminal Services *11
63. Disabled - Themes
64. Disabled - Uninterruptible Power Supply *12
65. Disabled - Universal Plug and Play Device Host
66. Disabled - Upload Manager
67. Disabled - Volume Shadow Copy
68. Disabled - WebClient
69. Automatic - Windows Audio
70. Disabled - Windows Image Acquisition *13
71. Manual - Windows Insatller
72. Manual - Windows Management Instrumentation
73. Manual - Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
74. Disabled - Windows Time
75. Disabled - Wireless Zero Configuration
76. Disabled - WMI Performance Adapter
77. Automatic - Workstation

*1 = If you only have one computer in your network you can leave this service disabled. If you have more than one computer in your network, at least ONE of the computers in your network must be running this service in order for computers to show up when you go into My Network Places --> Entire Network --> Microsoft Windows Network --> Name of workgroup.

*1b = Needed for verifying updates downloaded from Microsoft (Windows Update, DirectX, Service Packs, etc...)

*2 = If you're using DHCP in your network, leave this service at Automatic.

*3 = If you have more that one person (e.g. family computer) using the computer you'll be tweaking leave this service on automatic.

*4 = Need lots of help? Leave this service on automatic instead of disabled.

*5 = Leave this service on automatic if you like XP's integrated CD burning feature.

*6 = Leave on automatic if you use ICS to share a connection with other computers on your network

*7 = Have a printer? If you do leave this service on automatic or else you won't be able to use your printer at all.

*8 = If you have a removable device in your computer leave this service on automatic.

*9 = Use Smartcards? If so leave both on automatic?

*10 = The psychotic paranoid type who thinks his/her computer is going to die at any minute people should leave this service on automatic.

*11 = If you use Remote Desktop leave at Automatic.

*12 = Leave at automatic if you use a UPS.

*13 = If you have a scanner attached to the computer and use it, leave at automatic


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