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Which Windows Vista processes, services, etc, are actually necessary

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#1 TechLIV01


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 02:57 PM

I have gone through a naive process of trying different ways to stabilize my old Vista desktop and a laptop

Both tend to run very slow, but the desktop is in the worst shape and sometimes just stops and I need to physically reboot (i.e. power off with the physical start button).

In trying to resolve issues due to some malware in the last couple of years I have disabled a number of background jobs.

I have also removed things like DropBox and Skype from my Startup.


Is there any place online where I can get a list of services that are truly necessary to having a vanilla vista machine running reasonably fast.

I have Norton 360 running and it has helped a bit but there is more that is needed -- or else I just give up and get rid of it! It is about 7 years old anyway.  A dinosaur by today's standards



I have a new Windows 8.1 laptop with way more memory and power, and I want to make sure I don't mess it up with my negligence.


I am tech literate, but there's way too much new stuff for me to keep up.


Thanks in advance to anyone who can provide tips.


PS- I also have MalwareBytes free version, and CCleaner, both of which I use on occasion.


PPS- I just noticed that one of the tabs of this web page 'Startup List' addresses part of my problem.  (-- I'm still a newbie --)

Edited by TechLIV01, 21 November 2014 - 03:37 PM.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 04:52 PM

Hello, and Welcome


Take a look at Black Vipers site. Only do "Safe" or you could get into trouble. This is for SP2

Edited by JohnC_21, 21 November 2014 - 04:52 PM.

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