Disable background services to improve performances

23 09 2006
A background service is a program that is running invisibly to the user and can or cannot be essential to the operating system to work properly. Usually a service program is set to to start automatically at boot time, this behavior is controlled and can be altered by viewing the service list or by running the System Configuration utility. We can achieve this by pressing the windows key + r or by clicking start, run. A small windows appears and we type msconfig (with or without the ending .exe) and Ok or Enter. This opens the System Configuration utility (MSconfig). Otherwise, by typing services.msc we start the services manager listing all the available services on our machine with a brief description and the startup type and status. As mentioned above, there are services that must not be disabled, windows would not behave correctly, on the other hand other services can safely be stopped and set to not start automatically. By removing the autostart option for some of the following services the OS can improve its performance by a great degree. Be advised however that some of them may be required by your configuration, in this case is better to disable them a couple at a time, reboot and see if any problems arise when using the computer. Doing this will help us to identify what service we just disabled that was essential for our system to work. To disable the processes when using msconfig we simply move to the Services tab and uncheck the desire line, most likely a restart will be required. Services.msc works a bit differently, we can see that has the a familiar “Explorer” structure, a top menu, a toolbar, a left and right pane. Lets focus on the right pane, the more populated one, and we can see all the services are listed, we can sort them by name, status, description etc. In the toolbar we can identify the standardize play, stop and pause buttons, they do exactly what we would expect from them, to start (play), stop and pause a selected service. They also reflect the status of the service, a running program would have the stop and restart buttons active, when a stopped one would have the play active and all other grayed out. By right clicking on a service we have again the option to start/stop/pause/restart functionality and some more selection to chose from. We are interested in the properties of the service, in fact in the properties window we can, under the General tab, select and set the startup type to automatic, manual or disabled. Here’s a list of the services that can be disabled and might improve the Operating System, on you machine some of them could not be present, that is normal, however, and I can’t stress enough about this, DO NOT DISABLE ALL AT ONCE, if something goes wrong you can start windows in safe mode. At boot time press F8, do this before the windows logo appears on screen, a boot menu comes up and simply select safe mode with the up/down arrow keys. In safe mode reactivate the services you just disabled following the same procedure described above.
Routing and Remote Access
Alerter
Application Layer Gateway Service** (only if firewall is not used)
Application Management
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
ClipBook
COM+ System Application
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Distributed Transaction Coordinator
Help and Support
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service** (only if do you not use the cd-rw xp record suport)
IPSEC Services
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
Net Logon
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Network DDE
Network DDE DSDM
Network Location Awareness (NLA)
NT LM Security Support Provider
Performance Logs and Alerts
Portable Media Serial Number
QoS RSVP
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
Remote Registry
Removable Storage
Server
Smart Card
Smart Card Helper
SSDP Discovery Service
System Restore Service
Telnet
Themes
Uninterruptible Power Supply
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Volume Shadow Copy
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
Windows Installer
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
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WMI Performance Adapter
Fast User Switching Compatibility ** (only if fast user shiching is not used or the machine have one user only)
Protected Storage
Windows Time
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Task Scheduler
Secondary Logon
Print Spooler ** (only if the pc do not have or use a printer)
Indexing Service
Error Reporting Service
Computer Browser
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Routing and Remote Access
Alerter
Application Layer Gateway Service** (only if firewll is not used)
Application Management
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
ClipBook
COM+ System Application
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Distributed Transaction Coordinator
Help and Support
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service** (only if do you not use the cd-rw xp record suport)
IPSEC Services
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
Net Logon
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Network DDE
Network DDE DSDM
Network Location Awareness (NLA)
NT LM Security Support Provider
Performance Logs and Alerts
Portable Media Serial Number
QoS RSVP
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
Remote Registry
Removable Storage
Server
Smart Card
Smart Card Helper
SSDP Discovery Service
System Restore Service
Telnet
Themes
Uninterruptible Power Supply
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Volume Shadow Copy
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
Windows Installer
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
Wireless Zero Configuration
WMI Performance Adapter
Fast User Switching Compatibility ** (only if fast user shiching is not used or the machine have one user only)
Protected Storage
Windows Time
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Task Scheduler
Secondary Logon
Print Spooler ** (only if the pc do not have or use a printer)
Indexing Service
Error Reporting Service
Computer Browser
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

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6 responses to “Disable background services to improve performances”

12 01 2008
celpjefscycle (07:39:18) :

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26 11 2008
Amaldev (10:12:17) :

Very vert useful for us Thank u.

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2 12 2008
Motosiklet ehliyeti (13:21:31) :

thanks u

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2 03 2009
Smartcard sysadmin (16:28:28) :

Thank you for your help!

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11 03 2009
Toronto condo (09:12:12) :

How do you reboot your computer if you dont have a cd but you have windows key?? I bought a comp 2 years ago. I had a windows key but I didnt see it. when I rebooted, I used my friend’s cd-key. how do you reboot using the original cd key if you dont have a cd..!!?

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29 07 2012
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