Make Your System Faster : All about System Configuration Utility > Services

A service is a software application that runs continuously in the background while your computer is on. The Windows operating system has numerous services that run in the background that provide basic functions to the system. Network connectivity, visual support, and external
device connectivity such as printer services are all examples of the types of services that the Windows services provide. Each of the services running in the background take up system resources, such as memory and CPU time. Also, during the booting of the operating system, the service has to be loaded. On most computers, there are nearly 20 services that are loaded
upon startup. Of these 20 services, only a handful are system-critical services. All of the others can be disabled. In order to disable a service, first you will need to know more about what the most common services do. Lets know which service can be disabled safely….

Go to run…type “msconfig” without quote ofcourse and select services…



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Automatic Updates

Used to download and then install updates
automatically without the user going to Windows
Update manually. This service is not system-critical
and can be disabled, but unless you check for updates
regularly, it is not recommended to disable this service



Background Intelligent Transfer Service
A service that transfers data in the background
when the connection is not in use. One use of this
service is to download updates automatically in the
background. This service is not system-critical but can
impair other services, such as automatic updates, if it
is disabled

Com + Event System
Basically controls the notification of certain system
events, such as log on and log off. The system event
notification is dependent on this service. This service is
system-critical

Computer Browser
Keeps track of the other computers on your network running
the Microsoft Client for networking. This is what provides the
list of computers when you are browsing your workgroup
computer in My Network Places. This service is not systemcritical
and can be disabled if you do not need the network
browsing function

Cryptographic Services
Basically manages system security certificates as well as
provides a database of signatures of key Windows files. This
service is not system-critical but it is required to install many
Microsoft programs that want to check system file signatures.
It is not recommended to disable this service because doing
so would not allow Windows Update to run and install new
updates

DCOM Server Process Launcher
Basically is in charge of starting various other services. This
service is required for RPC, which is required for over 39
other services to run. Because of that, it is not a good idea to
disable this one

DHCP Client
Provides support for dynamic network configuration. This
service is not system-critical but is needed for those that do
not set their IP address manually

Distributed Link Tracking Client
Keeps track of links to files on a NTFS volume on your
computer or across a network. This service is not systemcritical
and can be disabled.

DNS Client
Resolves domain names into IP addresses, as well as
caches lookup results. This service is not system-critical
but you will not be able to browse the Internet without it
started

Error Reporting Service
Allows users to report failures of applications directly to
Microsoft so that Microsoft may fix bugs in its software if it is
the culprit. This service is not system-critical and can be safely
disabled

Event Log
Allows event messages to be recorded to be viewed in
Event Viewer. This service is system-critical and cannot
be disabled

Fast User Switching Compatibility
Allows users to switch to other users on the same system
without logging off. This service is not system-critical and can
be safely disabled

Help and Support
Used for the Help and support center. This service is not system-critical and can be safely disabled

HTTP SSL
Allows the personal Web server built into Windows XP (IIS 6.0)
to provide secure data transfers over HTTP. This service is rarely
used because most people never even set up the personal Web
server on Windows XP. This service is not system-critical and
can be safely disabled

Indexing Service
Creates a searchable database of, the items on your hard
drive. This service is not system-critical and can be disabled if
you do not search your drive often or can wait a few extra
minutes to find a file

IPSEC Services
Provides IP security for certain secure connections over IP.
This service is not system-critical and can be safely disabled.

Logical Disk Manager
Detects and monitors new hard disk drives. This service is not system-critical but it is used when you are upgrading your hardware and installing additional storage devices or using USB storage devices. If you do not plan on using any of the
items above, the service may be safely disabled

Machine Debug Manager
Provides support for program and script debugging. This
service is not system-critical and can be safely disabled for
most users.

Messenger
Allows users to send text popup messages to computers on the network. This service is abused by spammers to send you advertisements. It is highly recommended that you disable this service

Network Connections
Provides, support for network connectivity. This service is not system-critical but it is recommended that it is not disabled

Network Location Awareness (NLA)
Provides services to computers that share your Internet connection. If you do not use the Internet connection feature, then, you may safely disable this service because it is not a system-critical service

Plug and Play
Allows your computer to detect hardware. This service is system-critical and cannot be disabled 

Portable Media Serial Number Service
Detects the serial number of an external media device. This service is not system-critical and can be safely disabled

Print Spooler
Provides services to print. This service is not system-critical but it is necessary to print from your computer

Protected Storage
Provides basic security over certain system files. This service is system-critical and should not be disabled

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Provides services for other services. This service is systemcritical
and cannot be disabled

Remote Registry (Not included in XP Home)
Allows the System Registry to be connected to remotely.
This service is not system-critical and it is recommended that
it be disabled

Secondary Logon
Allows programs, to be started under different accounts. This service is system-critical

[Security Accounts Manager
A database of local account information. This service is system-critical and should not be disabled

Security Center
Monitors your system security settings to notify you if your settings are insecure. You should keep this service running unless you are confident about your computer�s security. No other services depend on this service and it can be safely disabled given you have a good handle on your security

Server
Provides the ability to share files and your printer over your network. This service is not system-critical and can be safely disabled if you do not share files over a network

Shell Hardware Detection
Used to detect external storage devices automatically. If you do not use any external storage devices, such as external hard drives or memory cards, this service can be safely disabled

SSDP Discovery Service
Looks for Universal Plug and Play drives on your network.
This service is not system-critical and can be safely
disabled

System Event Notification
Tracks more system events. This service is system-critical and
should not be disabled.

System Restore Service
Keeps track of changes made to your system to make
restore points. This service is not system-critical but it is
recommended that it is not disabled

Task Scheduler
Allows users, to schedule and configure tasks. This service is
not system-critical and can be disabled if you do not need to
schedule any tasks to run

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Allows the NetBIOS network protocol to run over the
TCP/IP Protocol. This service is not system-critical and
can be disabled if you have no use for the NetBIOS
protocol

Terminal Services
Allows users to connect to the computer with a remote
desktop. This service is not system-critical but is used by
the remote assistance Help feature. It can be safely
disabled if you do not need the remote assistance
feature

Themes
This is the service that gives Windows the new look. It allows
visual styles to be applied over the normal gray Windows
2000 style windows. This service is not system-critical and
can be disabled

WebClient
This service adds support for Web-based file management for
technologies such as WebDav. Most users will never need to
use this service. It is not system-critical and can be safely
disabled

Windows Audio
Provides audio support for the operating system. This service
is not system-critical and can be safely disabled if you would
like to give up your sound

Windows Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Protects your computer from intruders and malicious
programs attacking your computer via your Internet
connection. It also provides the ability to share your Internet
connection among other computers on your local network.
This service is not system-critical but I do not recommend
that you disable it unless you have another personal firewall
application installed on your computer

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
Used to acquire data from optical devices such as a scanner
or a camera. This service is not system-critical and it can be
safely disabled if you have no use for it

Windows Management Instrumentation
Provides system information to applications. This service is system-critical and should not be disabled

Windows Time
This service is in charge of synchronizing the Windows time.If you do not need to have your time synchronized, this service can be safely disabled

Wireless Zero Configuration
Configures wireless 802.11 devices. If you do not have any
wireless hardware installed, you may safely disable this
service

Workstation
Allows your computer to make connections to other computers and servers. This service is not system-critical but it is needed for any basic networking

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6 Responses to “Make Your System Faster : All about System Configuration Utility > Services”

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