I am running Windows 10 Home 1709 version. I just cleanly installed it from scratch and have not connected to internet yet. For now, I am only trying to harden the system first from within its only admin account I create as part of setup.
As part of this hardening, I normally disable some of the services. With this Windows version, however, I noticed a couple of those are grayed out when I go to disable them and so I cannot change their default Automatic settings.
Specifically, "DNS Client" and" WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto Discovery" services are grayed out from being able to be disabled.
I had no issues disabling these on earlier version of Windows 10 Home (I think it was 16xx).
I tried stopping real-time anti-virus protection from Windows Defender but that did not help.
(1) Why are some services grayed out from being disabled by admin?
(2) What's special about these 2 services now that they are grayed out?
(3) What's the best workaround?
I've seen one via registry changes (HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ -> find your service name (folder) -> set Start entry to 4) but have not tried it yet, as I figured maybe I must have these running now, unlike before.
In addition, "Xbox Game Monitoring" service is not grayed out but when trying to Disable it and clicking Ok or Apply button, I get error message saying "Access is denied". So again, unclear why that is.
Edited by Learning123, 05 November 2017 - 01:40 PM.