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#1 usasma

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 11:19 AM

Here's the list of services that I had on my Vista RTM install when it first started - along with my choices about what should and should not me modified. A lot of this is based on previous experiences and may not apply in your situation. Finally, some of it is just a SWAG (scientific wild-a**ed guess) - so take it with a grain of salt.

My thoughts are that, when it doubt, you should set a service to Manual rather than Disabling it - this way you can go back and see if it's being called on as time progresses. If it isn't needed in a week or two, then chances are that you won't need it - so it should be safe to Disable then.

Regardless, take the time to export a list of the services as they sit on your system and save them to a text file - it's a good resource for resetting them if needs be. PM me for the Excel version of this if you'd like (it has comments on it from another forums (MSFN.org).

Here's what I've gotten:

Application Experience - Disable if you don't use Aero or themes

Application Information - Manual - needed to install legacy software as an admin

Application Layer Gateway Service - Manual

Application Management - Manual

Background Intelligent Transfer Service - Auto

Base Filtering Engine - ? Manual

Block Level Backup Engine Service - Manual

Certificate Propagation - Manual

CNG Key Isolation - Manual

COM+ Event System - Auto

COM+ System Application - Manual

Computer Browser - Auto

Cryptographic Services - Auto

DCOM Server Process Launcher - Auto

Desktop Window Manager Session Manager - Disable if you don't use Aero or themes

DFS Replication - Manual

DHCP Client - Auto

Diagnostic Policy Service - ? Manual

Diagnostic Service Host - Manual

Diagnostic System Host - ? Manual

Distributed Link Tracking Client - Auto

Distributed Transaction Coordinator - Manual

DNS Client - Auto

Extensible Authentication Protocol - Manual

Fax - Disable if you don't fax

Function Discovery Provider Host - Manual

Function Discovery Resource Publication - Auto

Group Policy Client - Disable if you don't use Group Policy

Health Key and Certificate Management - Manual

Human Interface Device Access - Manual

IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules - ? Manual

Interactive Services Detection - ? Manual

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) - Disabled by default on my system

IP Helper - ? Manual

IPsec Policy Agent - ? Manual

KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator - ? Disable

Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper - ? Manual

Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v2.0.50727_X86 - Manual

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service - Manual

Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider - Disable if you don't use Volume Shadow Copy - otherwise Manual

Multimedia Class Scheduler - Disable, Manual if you need priority assigned to multimedia tasks

Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service - Disabled by default on my system

Netlogon - Manual

Network Access Protection Agent - Manual

Network Connections - Manual

Network List Service - ? Manual

Network Location Awareness - ? Manual

Network Store Interface Service - Auto

Offline Files - ? Manual

Parental Controls - Disable unless you need the Parental Controls

Peer Name Resolution Protocol - Manual

Peer Networking Grouping - Manual

Peer Networking Identity Manager - Manual

Performance Logs & Alerts - Manual

Plug and Play - Auto

PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator - Manual

PNRP Machine Name Publication Service - Manual

Portable Device Enumerator Service - ? Manual

Print Spooler - Disable if you don't have a printer

Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support - Manual

Program Compatibility Assistant Service - ? Manual

Protected Storage - Disable if you're not worried about the security of your sensitive information

Quality Windows Audio Video Experience - Manual

ReadyBoost - Disable unless using ReadyBoost (gotta try this one!)

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager - ? Manual

Remote Access Connection Manager - Disable if you don't use dial-up connections and/or VPN-networks.

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) - Auto

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator - Manual

Remote Registry - Manual

Routing and Remote Access - Disabled by default on my system

Secondary Logon - Disable

Security Accounts Manager - Auto

Security Center - ? Manual

Server - ? Manual

Shell Hardware Detection - Disable to remove autoplay functionality on removable media.

SL UI Notification Service - Disable. You can manually run this if it's needed for activation or other software licensing issues.

Smart Card - Manual

Smart Card Removal Policy - Manual

SNMP Trap - Manual

Software Licensing - Disable if you don't use licensed content - but be careful as it will cause some programs to run with decreased functionality. Otherwise, set it to manual

SSDP Discovery - Manual

Superfetch - Sorta like prefetch on steroids - I'd leave it on Auto

System Event Notification Service - Leave it if you want to know when an error occurs - otherwise, disable it.

Tablet PC Input Service - Disable if you don't have a Tablet PC

Task Scheduler - ? Manual

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper - ? Manual if you don't know

Telephony - Disable if you don't use dial-up connections.

Terminal Services - Disable, reset it if you need remote functionality

Terminal Services Configuration - Manual

Terminal Services UserMode Port Redirector - Manual

Themes - Disable

Thread Ordering Server - Manual

TPM Base Services - Manual

UPnP Device Host - Disable if you don't need to host UPnP devices.

User Profile Service - Auto

Virtual Disk - Manual

Volume Shadow Copy - Manual

WebClient - Disable

Windows Audio - ? Manual

Windows Audio Endpoint Builder - ? Manual

Windows Backup - Manual

Windows CardSpace - Manual

Windows Color System - Manual

Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar - Manual

Windows Defender - Auto - use it, it's good and it's free!

Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework - Manual

Windows Error Reporting Service - Leave it if you want to know when an error occurs - otherwise, disable it.

Windows Event Collector - Manual

Windows Event Log - Leave it if you want to know when an error occurs - otherwise, disable it.

Windows Firewall - Disable only if using another software firewall - otherwise, leave it alone.

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) - Manual

Windows Installer - Manual

Windows Management Instrumentation - Auto

Windows Media Center Extender Service - Disabled by default on my system

Windows Media Center Receiver Service - Manual

Windows Media Center Scheduler Service - Manual

Windows Media Center Service Launcher - ? Manual

Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service - ? Manual

Windows Modules Installer - Manual

Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0 - ? Manual

Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) - ? Disable

Windows Search - Disable

Windows Time - Disable

Windows Update - Auto - you need the updates!

WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service - Disable or Manual

Wired AutoConfig - ? Disable if you don't have wireless - otherwise Manual

WLAN AutoConfig - ? Disable if you don't have wireless - otherwise Manual

WMI Performance Adapter - Manual

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#2 DemonSui

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 12:55 PM

Readyboost doesn't help anything, I used the max on my PSP's memory stick (I have a 512MB), and the recommended (420MB), it's just there to look pretty. it had no effect on performance

Edited by DemonSui, 30 November 2006 - 12:56 PM.

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