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Windows 7: Disable EFS service


08 Dec 2009   #1

hurd
 
 
Disable EFS service

How can I disable the EFS service?

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08 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

"Provides the core file encryption technology used to store encrypted files on NTFS file system volumes. If this service is stopped or disabled, applications will be unable to access encrypted files."

Why turn it off? It is set to manual and won't run unless needed.

Otherwise, it's in the Services with all the others.

This isn't like Vista. Most services are set on fast triggers and don't hang around it they're not being used.
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08 Dec 2009   #3

hurd
 
 

This is not a perf issue. I was asking how exactly (the steps) can I stop it?
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08 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Johnny Q,

This tutorial below will show you how to disable that service, but as Greg posted above, there's no need to since it is set as "Manual" by default and poses no security risk or performance loss set this way.

Services - Start or Disable

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Dec 2009   #5

hurd
 
 

When this service is started (don't know exactly by whom, since I do not use encryption) it cannot be stopped - the options to stop it are greyed out. Is this the normal behaviour or is it something wrong with my system? I've noticed this with several other services as well.
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09 Dec 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Johnny,

You may be able to set it has "Disabled" with it still as "Started" first, restart the computer, then set is as "Stopped" and "Manual".
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10 Dec 2009   #7

hurd
 
 

Thanks. Still find it weird, though.
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10 Dec 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Johnny.

Yeah, these stubborn services require this work around sometimes.
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