Quote: Originally Posted by DirtyElf
so if i do it that way sledgeDG, windows will automatically start the service if an application "requests" it?
Yes, that is correct. Services are a bit different than they were in XP. Even on automatic, Win 7 is very good about starting services when needed and stopping them when no longer needed. You will notice that there is an option for "Delayed start". Win 7 uses this for services that are needed; but necessarily needed at startup.
There is very little reason to change service in Win 7 unless it is a service you know you are not going to use. For example, I have no Bluetooth devices. I set all related services to manual and they are not loaded. A few services like remote registry, I disabled for security reasons. All in all, I think I disabled eight services. And I did set some from automatic to manual. But even doing this, be careful. Make sure you do not need a service before you change it from automatic to manual.