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Windows 7: Can i disable Distributed Link Tracking Client service?


22 Nov 2010   #1
yxq

Vista and Windows 7
 
 
Can i disable Distributed Link Tracking Client service?

Can i disable Distributed Link Tracking Client service? someone said "This service is for users who are in a domain that have distributed links and a NTFS file system. If these conditions do not apply to your system, disable this service to speed up the system boot. " is it right? Could anyone tell the effect details about the service? or give a sample about this service effect? What condition can disable this service? Thank you.

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22 Nov 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't think so. This is what it does:"Maintains links with NTFS files within your computer or across a domain". And it also used by AVG for scanning (if you happen to have that).
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22 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

If you have a file on a Computer A and a shortcut to that file on Computer B, then if you move the file on Computer A to a different location, this service tracks those movements to make sure that the shortcut still resolves to the file. The end-users do not realise that the files have moved, and the links on their desktops still work. Naturally, this makes sense on large networks.

When I last experimented with services, I set this one to disabled and suffered no ill effects. But neither was there any performance boost.

With AVG 2011 the Distributed Link Tracking Client must be set to Automatic and Started or the AVG scan function will not work properly. Setting the service to Manual does not work since scan does not signal the service to start.
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22 Nov 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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When I last experimented with services, I set this one to disabled and suffered no ill effects
I assume, you did not move user folders to another partition with the Location tab in Properties. Without the service, that would probably not work properly.
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22 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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I assume, you did not move user folders to another partition with the Location tab in Properties. Without the service, that would probably not work properly.
No I didnt, never felt the need to. But I wonder if somebody who did can verify if disabling this service upsets anything?
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23 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have this Service Disabled.
I am running a stand-alone Desktop computer connected to a router.
I do not have a LAN set up.
I have not seen any problems with this service being disabled with my set up.

For good Services information, go here: Black Viper's Web Site
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23 Nov 2010   #7
yxq

Vista and Windows 7
 
 

Thank you, i think i should not disable it best.
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28 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Version 6.1 Build 7601: Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
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I assume, you did not move user folders to another partition with the Location tab in Properties. Without the service, that would probably not work properly.
No I didnt, never felt the need to. But I wonder if somebody who did can verify if disabling this service upsets anything?
Seems to me that I have so many drivers and so many services which are set to automatically run by Default, which I might need one day for some obscure task...

...that it would make more sense, that if I ever had the obscure requirement, I could just...and surely this is CRAZY talking...

...activate the service.

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Of course, that might wipe out most of an entire industry literally overnight. So it's probably simply too sensible.

Of course, that industry isn't really a legitimate one...but then I guess, neither are the excuses I'm hearing 'justifying' the Default settings in Windows.


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21 Apr 2014   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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When I last experimented with services, I set this one to disabled and suffered no ill effects
I assume, you did not move user folders to another partition with the Location tab in Properties. Without the service, that would probably not work properly.
I was curious about this service and read this thread; additionally I've checked the moving of user folders to another partition - everything works fine with stopped service. One minor issue happen though - until restart of Windows with stooped and disabled service, if I execute shortcut with invalid target, the pop-up notice for invalid target appears three times in a row.
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21 Apr 2014   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Disabling this service is one of the first things I do after installing Windows. Search the thread below for "correct answer" for more, and note the number of people who found it helpful vs. the phony "official" "answer":

Can't eject USB Hard drive, drive always in use? - Microsoft Community
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