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Windows 7: Services Configuration

17 Aug 2011   #1
JamesJ

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Services Configuration

Was wondering if anyone can point me somewhere where I might find a list of services that can be safely disabled and is printable and the printout is readable. I'm aware of a table one can print out for this at Black Viper's web site but the printout is very unreadable. There are no lines seperating any of the services on the printout ands the printout has no alternate back ground color which would help.
Preferably, I would like to find a program that does this. Like saving the default sevices configuration and allow me, with help form the program, to disable to services I don't want.

Any help will be appreciated,
James


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17 Aug 2011   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Disabling Services on Windows 7 is NOT recommended. Most of the problems I see on here, specifically regarding networking happen because people have followed that Black Viper list.

Windows 7 is NOT XP, there is no need to "optimise" "tweak" or mess with it in any way. It won't start services until they are needed anyway, they certainly don't take up resources if they aren't activated.
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17 Aug 2011   #3
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I doubt that you will find much available other than the Black Viper site as basically this sort of tweaking has very little use on windows 7.

Unless you have very specific needs, letting the system handle the defaults will be better than trying to manually change things.

Windows 7 manages memory and services differently to an OS like XP and is normally a lot better at it
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17 Aug 2011   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You have heard it from two other members, but I will follow suit and say the same thing;

I don't recommend disabling services in Windows 7. Any performance gains are pretty much immeasurable, and the risk of performance loss seems to outweigh any gains.
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17 Aug 2011   #5
JamesJ

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Wow, what pleasent replies!
I've had Viper's service configuration on this system for nearly a year and I haven't seen any problems with one exeption. I had disabled Human Interface and my Mulit-MKedia keyboard wasn't working poperly. I have noticed an improvment with my startup and the speed at which programs load.
I'm very particular with what runs and starts on my system. Every time I turn around some windows service is starting and it slows me up at times.
I guess I'm lucky memory is cheap.
Anyway, I was just looking for something to make it easier for me. I'll just use my old print-out when I configure them again.

Thanks,
James
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17 Aug 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate, in a different vein, have a look through these tutorials linked below.


How to Free Up and Recover Hard Drive Space

How to Speed Up / Optimize the Performance of Windows 7

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17 Aug 2011   #7
JamesJ

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Disk space isn't a problem. I have 1 TB and I'm using 40 GB of it. But, I found some interesting ideas in the other link.
It really isn't as much as improving the performance with the services configuration. It's more of not knowing what runs when I don't know it. For instance, I have an event sound for the "Open Program" event. You wouldn't believe how many times this gets triggered at start up. I only have 2 programs starting in the System Config/Startup tab.
As long as I'm on the subject I have a related question. I have a 3rd party system optimizing software which cleans junk files and the like and has many nice features. It also has a feature to disable start up programs, the ones run from the registry in the ....Run key. It showed my 2 programs but there were a bunch of other Windows programs starting which my optimization sofware refered to as "Advanced Startup Items." There were 4 Briefcase files running and about 15 others which I can't think of at this time. Any way I might get information an these programs??

James
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17 Aug 2011   #8
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

They are probably necessary Windows processes. You can probably check what they are with Autoruns Autoruns for Windows

On the subject of system optimizing software, again, it really isn't needed. You're doing your system more harm than good in the long run.
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17 Aug 2011   #9
JamesJ

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

So removing junk files with the 3rd party software is harming my system? Deleting cookies is harming my system. Windows seems to leave alot of garbage behind. Again I've used 3rd party optimizing software for a long time.
But then again I've probably been lucky.

Thanks for the link,
James
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17 Aug 2011   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JamesJ View Post
I'm very particular with what runs and starts on my system. Every time I turn around some windows service is starting and it slows me up at times.
And I've probably been fortunate to run on pretty nice systems where they plow though most things and I don't notice any of these things slowing me down. I dabbled with tweaks and shutting down services when I first started playing with Windows 7, but a stopwatch actually proved to me that my performance was going downhill rather than improving. I set it back to defaults and it was back to being faster. I generally go for performance myself, I don't really care much what is actually running in the background as long as it's stable and quick.
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