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Inspecting and Selectively Enabling/Disabling Services

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#1 Bebopx86


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 10:44 AM

I'm in the process of trying to give my computer a speed boost, both on startup and during runtime, and know that windows services can sneakily contribute to consumption of RAM and cpu cycles, but the list of services is pretty extensive, and it can be a little difficult to determine which services constitute core functionality and which services are extraneous and can be changed to manual start. What approach should I take, if any, to analyzing Windows services? Does anyone have a workflow for this? Do you know of a way to identify services which ( a ) consume the most memory and ( b ) are working the most behind the scenes (without being integral to the core operation of my computer)?


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 11:48 AM

Services are an integral part of the Windows operating system.  I would leave these alone unless one is known to be causing problems.  Look in the  Task Manager under the Processes tab to see what exactly is showing excessive use.

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#3 jenae


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 06:41 PM

Hi, you might be aware that services.msc only shows a small number of "services", there are in effect some 670+ services.


This machine is a test machine and has many services set to disabled,18 services have been completely removed from the system.


With an identical spec machine, after a clean install it is almost impossible to quantify any performance difference, using services alone, our reason for removing services has more to do with the security issues then anything else. 


Unless you are having a specific problem, and it relates to a service, it is probably best to leave them alone, as already advised.


Increasing RAM and employing a fast SSD are the easiest ways to improve performance. Removing app's that you don't need and limiting downloaded programs, maintenance (clearing temp files etc, and most importantly keeping away from unnecessary optimizes, and third party AV's, all the home user needs is Defender and Windows firewall, along with a malware scanner such as SuperantiSpyware (free). Places like this are safe and there are many people who will give you good advice, use them if you have a problem.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:53 PM

Thank you. I have taken this advice into consideration and not heavily scrutinized my services, however I do still suspect there are non-essential services running relating to software I have installed in the past that makes use of external ports (such as FTP software, and SQL databases, etc). I think I have narrowed down my performance issues to another problem entirely that may be related, but probably is not. My new thread is here:


Thanks for the advice.

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