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Windows 7: Disabling Windows 7 Services

29 Aug 2011   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

karlsnooks post #5 tells it like it is. Services are designed to give you service when requested by you or the operating system. That is a good thing IMHO.


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29 Aug 2011   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CyberCriminal View Post
Okay, but why shouldn't I disable services? Just curious to know...
Because if the service is called upon, or has another dependency, you could easily cause issues within the OS. Those services should be left alone and if some other software is replacing them, they will be handled accordingly.

Why would you want to disable them? What do you hope to gain? Why would you ever consider disabling Windows Update?
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29 Aug 2011   #13
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

As DeaconFrost said, there are "dependencies". In fact, there are an astonishing number of dependencies among all the Windows services, some of which I am convinced, having spent lotsa time at MS forums, Microsoft engineers aren't always clear on themselves.

So you turn a service off, but another service that depends on a service that depends on the one you turned-off (exaggerating here, but not much) doesn't work at some point, and all hell breaks loose.

Just look at Windows' logs sometime (just don't touch them either!) and be amazed at the 1000s of things that are going-on in the background of Windows 7. It's a wonderful OS, but there ain't nuthin' simple about it so even if you do think your smarter than MS software programmers, well, just leave the services be...

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29 Aug 2011   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The basic point I'm trying to make is that there is no reason, nothing to gain, from disabling services. That's been proven hundreds of times over. So why even take the chance? Why mess with things that shouldn't be touched?
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29 Aug 2011   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Turning off some services is like trying to fix something that isn't broken. You will end up breaking it.
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29 Aug 2011   #16
CyberCriminal

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Okay... I'm not going to disable services. Thanks.
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29 Aug 2011   #17
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

I agree with the fact that MS services should be left alone, mainly for the fact that they have dependants that may need to call them.

Just to repeat what DeaconFrost said, "Why would you ever consider disabling Windows Update?" because you need Windows Update.

If you look at Resource Monitor, you can see under the CPU tab that the services are barely using any CPU. Maybe 0.1% at the most.

The memory usage of ALL Windows Services usually averages at 100mb. With the memories most PC come today, would you really be worried about that?

And lastly, the services are intelligently managed, you can rest assured that Windows manages resources very, very efficiently that you don't even need to touch them.

If anything, you can always disable third-party services that you don't need.

While disabling MS services is shunned upon, kudos to Dwarf for still posting the link. I believe that a user may and should do anything to their system that pleases them. Just don't come and bug us when you do something to it that we already warned you about.
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29 Aug 2011   #18
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That's an excellent point to bring up, and one I forgot to mention. My comments, and others, that suggest never disabling services only relate to Windows built-in services. There may be a need or desire to disable third-party services, such as Bonjour from Apple. Likely, if these cause an issue, it will be with one particular app, rather than your entire system.
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29 Aug 2011   #19
seth500

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
That's an excellent point to bring up, and one I forgot to mention. My comments, and others, that suggest never disabling services only relate to Windows built-in services. There may be a need or desire to disable third-party services, such as Bonjour from Apple. Likely, if these cause an issue, it will be with one particular app, rather than your entire system.
Exactly like my host file has 90,000 entries into it and if I didn't disable the DNS service I wouldn't get booted up..
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29 Aug 2011   #20
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Very good point. I think we are all referring to Windows services. What you do with 3rd part programs Windows doesn't care.
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