Don't be sorry about a disclaimer, acklan. Services are like the registry, always use caution in this area.In this case I think it is a bad idea to disable this service.
Instead, set it to Manual. That way it will run when needed.
I am not an old salt but I have to say that I was shocked to see that disabling TCP/IP
service allowed you access to the internet. Til I looked at the services on my own machine. All I have is TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Then looking for information on the net for the whole name of the service TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
I found this from a trusted site:http://www.theeldergeek.com/tcp_ip_netbios_helper.htm
It's called a relic, but the recommendation is to set it to manual and see the comments further down the page. Some people will have problems with this service disabled.
But you say the service you disabled is Simple TCP\IP. That's not generally installed by default, so I'm wondering why it's running for you. More information for anyone that's interested--
How to install Simple TCP\IP and what it's for:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/us...pTcpInstall.asp
Looks like it might be OK to disable, but I think I would set it to manual til you find out why it got installed in the first place.
Thanks for the tip. I think I'll set mine to manual and see if I can save some CPU cycles.