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Windows 7: Is this too many services running?


02 Jul 2012   #1

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Is this too many services running?

I don't know how you can see how much memory a service is running, ( Does it relate to the amount of memory a Process is taking? ) but I noticed I have alot running. Could this large amount be slowing my computer? Is there a program that will scan for shady Services, or show me which ones are using the most memory? Here is a list of the Running services: (sorry it's hard to read, every line that is Capitalized is a new service)

Name Status Description Startup Type Log On As
Adobe Acrobat Update Service Started Adobe Acrobat Updater keeps your Adobe software up to date. Automatic Local System
Adobe Active File Monitor V9 Started Tracks files that are managed by Elements Organizer Automatic Local System
AMD External Events Utility Started Automatic Local System
AMD FUEL Service Started Provides FUEL Functionality Automatic Local System
Andrea ST Filters Service Started Automatic Local System
Apple Mobile Device Started Provides the interface to Apple mobile devices. Automatic Local System
Application Information Started Facilitates the running of interactive applications with additional administrative privileges. If this service is stopped, users will be unable to launch applications with the additional administrative privileges they may require to perform desired user tasks. Manual Local System
Audio Service Started Manages audio jack configurations. Automatic Local System
Background Intelligent Transfer Service Started Transfers files in the background using idle network bandwidth. If the service is disabled, then any applications that depend on BITS, such as Windows Update or MSN Explorer, will be unable to automatically download programs and other information. Automatic (Delayed Start) Local System
Base Filtering Engine Started The Base Filtering Engine (BFE) is a service that manages firewall and Internet Protocol security (IPsec) policies and implements user mode filtering. Stopping or disabling the BFE service will significantly reduce the security of the system. It will also result in unpredictable behavior in IPsec management and firewall applications. Automatic Local Service
Bing Desktop Update service Started Bing Desktop Update Service Automatic Local System
Bluetooth Service Started Handles installation and removal of Bluetooth devices. Automatic Local System
Bonjour Service Started Enables hardware devices and software services to automatically configure themselves on the network and advertise their presence. Automatic Local System
CNG Key Isolation Started The CNG key isolation service is hosted in the LSA process. The service provides key process isolation to private keys and associated cryptographic operations as required by the Common Criteria. The service stores and uses long-lived keys in a secure process complying with Common Criteria requirements. Manual Local System
COM+ Event System Started Supports System Event Notification Service (SENS), which provides automatic distribution of events to subscribing Component Object Model (COM) components. If the service is stopped, SENS will close and will not be able to provide logon and logoff notifications. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Local Service
Computer Browser Started Maintains an updated list of computers on the network and supplies this list to computers designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, this list will not be updated or maintained. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Manual Local System
Credential Manager Started Provides secure storage and retrieval of credentials to users, applications and security service packages. Manual Local System
Cryptographic Services Started Provides four management services: Catalog Database Service, which confirms the signatures of Windows files and allows new programs to be installed; Protected Root Service, which adds and removes Trusted Root Certification Authority certificates from this computer; Automatic Root Certificate Update Service, which retrieves root certificates from Windows Update and enable scenarios such as SSL; and Key Service, which helps enroll this computer for certificates. If this service is stopped, these management services will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Network Service
DCOM Server Process Launcher Started The DCOMLAUNCH service launches COM and DCOM servers in response to object activation requests. If this service is stopped or disabled, programs using COM or DCOM will not function properly. It is strongly recommended that you have the DCOMLAUNCH service running. Automatic Local System
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager Started Provides Desktop Window Manager startup and maintenance services Automatic Local System
DHCP Client Started Registers and updates IP addresses and DNS records for this computer. If this service is stopped, this computer will not receive dynamic IP addresses and DNS updates. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Local Service
Diagnostic Policy Service Started The Diagnostic Policy Service enables problem detection, troubleshooting and resolution for Windows components. If this service is stopped, diagnostics will no longer function. Automatic Local Service
Diagnostic Service Host Started The Diagnostic Service Host is used by the Diagnostic Policy Service to host diagnostics that need to run in a Local Service context. If this service is stopped, any diagnostics that depend on it will no longer function. Manual Local Service
Distributed Link Tracking Client Started Maintains links between NTFS files within a computer or across computers in a network. Automatic Local System
DNS Client Started The DNS Client service (dnscache) caches Domain Name System (DNS) names and registers the full computer name for this computer. If the service is stopped, DNS names will continue to be resolved. However, the results of DNS name queries will not be cached and the computer's name will not be registered. If the service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Network Service
Easybits Services for Windows Started Provides licensing, security and parental control services for EasyBits applications. If this service is stopped or disabled, these applications will not function properly. Automatic Local System
Extensible Authentication Protocol Started The Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) service provides network authentication in such scenarios as 802.1x wired and wireless, VPN, and Network Access Protection (NAP). EAP also provides application programming interfaces (APIs) that are used by network access clients, including wireless and VPN clients, during the authentication process. If you disable this service, this computer is prevented from accessing networks that require EAP authentication. Manual Local System
Function Discovery Provider Host Started The FDPHOST service hosts the Function Discovery (FD) network discovery providers. These FD providers supply network discovery services for the Simple Services Discovery Protocol (SSDP) and Web Services – Discovery (WS-D) protocol. Stopping or disabling the FDPHOST service will disable network discovery for these protocols when using FD. When this service is unavailable, network services using FD and relying on these discovery protocols will be unable to find network devices or resources. Manual Local Service
Function Discovery Resource Publication Started Publishes this computer and resources attached to this computer so they can be discovered over the network. If this service is stopped, network resources will no longer be published and they will not be discovered by other computers on the network. Automatic Local Service
Group Policy Client Started The service is responsible for applying settings configured by administrators for the computer and users through the Group Policy component. If the service is stopped or disabled, the settings will not be applied and applications and components will not be manageable through Group Policy. Any components or applications that depend on the Group Policy component might not be functional if the service is stopped or disabled. Automatic Local System
HomeGroup Listener Started Makes local computer changes associated with configuration and maintenance of the homegroup-joined computer. If this service is stopped or disabled, your computer will not work properly in a homegroup and your homegroup might not work properly. It is recommended that you keep this service running. Manual Local System
HomeGroup Provider Started Performs networking tasks associated with configuration and maintenance of homegroups. If this service is stopped or disabled, your computer will be unable to detect other homegroups and your homegroup might not work properly. It is recommended that you keep this service running. Manual Local Service
HP Auto Started HP Usage Improvement Tracking Automatic Local System
HP Client Services Started Automatic Local System
HP Connection Manager 4 Service Started Manages all HP embedded network connectivities. Manual Local System
HP Quick Synchronization Service Started Automatic Local System
HP Service Started Automatic Local System
HP Software Framework Service Started Manual Local System
HP Support Assistant Service Started HP Support Assistant Service Automatic (Delayed Start) Local System
HPWMISVC Started Automatic Local System
IconMan_R Started Automatic Local System
IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules Started The IKEEXT service hosts the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) and Authenticated Internet Protocol (AuthIP) keying modules. These keying modules are used for authentication and key exchange in Internet Protocol security (IPsec). Stopping or disabling the IKEEXT service will disable IKE and AuthIP key exchange with peer computers. IPsec is typically configured to use IKE or AuthIP; therefore, stopping or disabling the IKEEXT service might result in an IPsec failure and might compromise the security of the system. It is strongly recommended that you have the IKEEXT service running. Automatic Local System
IP Helper Started Provides tunnel connectivity using IPv6 transition technologies (6to4, ISATAP, Port Proxy, and Teredo), and IP-HTTPS. If this service is stopped, the computer will not have the enhanced connectivity benefits that these technologies offer. Automatic Local System
iPod Service Started iPod hardware management services Manual Local System
IPsec Policy Agent Started Internet Protocol security (IPsec) supports network-level peer authentication, data origin authentication, data integrity, data confidentiality (encryption), and replay protection. This service enforces IPsec policies created through the IP Security Policies snap-in or the command-line tool "netsh ipsec". If you stop this service, you may experience network connectivity issues if your policy requires that connections use IPsec. Also,remote management of Windows Firewall is not available when this service is stopped. Manual Network Service
Microsoft Antimalware Service Started Helps protect users from malware and other potentially unwanted software Automatic Local System
Multimedia Class Scheduler Started Enables relative prioritization of work based on system-wide task priorities. This is intended mainly for multimedia applications. If this service is stopped, individual tasks resort to their default priority. Automatic Local System
Network Connections Started Manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in which you can view both local area network and remote connections. Manual Local System
Network List Service Started Identifies the networks to which the computer has connected, collects and stores properties for these networks, and notifies applications when these properties change. Manual Local Service
Network Location Awareness Started Collects and stores configuration information for the network and notifies programs when this information is modified. If this service is stopped, configuration information might be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Network Service
Network Store Interface Service Started This service delivers network notifications (e.g. interface addition/deleting etc) to user mode clients. Stopping this service will cause loss of network connectivity. If this service is disabled, any other services that explicitly depend on this service will fail to start. Automatic Local Service
Peer Name Resolution Protocol Started Enables serverless peer name resolution over the Internet using the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP). If disabled, some peer-to-peer and collaborative applications, such as Remote Assistance, may not function. Manual Local Service
Peer Networking Grouping Started Enables multi-party communication using Peer-to-Peer Grouping. If disabled, some applications, such as HomeGroup, may not function. Manual Local Service
Peer Networking Identity Manager Started Provides identity services for the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) and Peer-to-Peer Grouping services. If disabled, the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) and Peer-to-Peer Grouping services may not function, and some applications, such as HomeGroup and Remote Assistance, may not function correctly. Manual Local Service
Plug and Play Started Enables a computer to recognize and adapt to hardware changes with little or no user input. Stopping or disabling this service will result in system instability. Automatic Local System
Portable Device Enumerator Service Started Enforces group policy for removable mass-storage devices. Enables applications such as Windows Media Player and Image Import Wizard to transfer and synchronize content using removable mass-storage devices. Manual Local System
Power Started Manages power policy and power policy notification delivery. Automatic Local System
Print Spooler Started Loads files to memory for later printing Automatic Local System
Program Compatibility Assistant Service Started This service provides support for the Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA). PCA monitors programs installed and run by the user and detects known compatibility problems. If this service is stopped, PCA will not function properly. Automatic Local System
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Started The RPCSS service is the Service Control Manager for COM and DCOM servers. It performs object activations requests, object exporter resolutions and distributed garbage collection for COM and DCOM servers. If this service is stopped or disabled, programs using COM or DCOM will not function properly. It is strongly recommended that you have the RPCSS service running Automatic Network Service
RPC Endpoint Mapper Started Resolves RPC interfaces identifiers to transport endpoints. If this service is stopped or disabled, programs using Remote Procedure Call (RPC) services will not function properly. Automatic Network Service
SeaPort Started Enables the detection, download and installation of up-to-date configuration files for Bing Bar. Also provides server communication for the customer experience improvement program. Stopping or disabling this service may prevent you from getting the latest updates for Bing Bar, which may expose your computer to security vulnerabilities or functional flaws in the Bing Bar. Automatic Local System
Security Accounts Manager Started The startup of this service signals other services that the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) is ready to accept requests. Disabling this service will prevent other services in the system from being notified when the SAM is ready, which may in turn cause those services to fail to start correctly. This service should not be disabled. Automatic Local System
Security Center Started The WSCSVC (Windows Security Center) service monitors and reports security health settings on the computer. The health settings include firewall (on/off), antivirus (on/off/out of date), antispyware (on/off/out of date), Windows Update (automatically/manually download and install updates), User Account Control (on/off), and Internet settings (recommended/not recommended). The service provides COM APIs for independent software vendors to register and record the state of their products to the Security Center service. The Action Center (AC) UI uses the service to provide systray alerts and a graphical view of the security health states in the AC control panel. Network Access Protection (NAP) uses the service to report the security health states of clients to the NAP Network Policy Server to make network quarantine decisions. The service also has a public API that allows external consumers to programmatically retrieve the aggregated security health state of the system. Automatic (Delayed Start) Local Service
Server Started Supports file, print, and named-pipe sharing over the network for this computer. If this service is stopped, these functions will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Local System
Shell Hardware Detection Started Provides notifications for AutoPlay hardware events. Automatic Local System
SSDP Discovery Started Discovers networked devices and services that use the SSDP discovery protocol, such as UPnP devices. Also announces SSDP devices and services running on the local computer. If this service is stopped, SSDP-based devices will not be discovered. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Manual Local Service
Superfetch Started Maintains and improves system performance over time. Automatic Local System
System Event Notification Service Started Monitors system events and notifies subscribers to COM+ Event System of these events. Automatic Local System
Task Scheduler Started Enables a user to configure and schedule automated tasks on this computer. The service also hosts multiple Windows system-critical tasks. If this service is stopped or disabled, these tasks will not be run at their scheduled times. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Local System
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Started Provides support for the NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) service and NetBIOS name resolution for clients on the network, therefore enabling users to share files, print, and log on to the network. If this service is stopped, these functions might be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Local Service
Themes Started Provides user experience theme management. Automatic Local System
TrueSuiteService Started Fournit une authentification par empreinte digitale et une gestion des identités plus pratique. Automatic Local System
UPnP Device Host Started Allows UPnP devices to be hosted on this computer. If this service is stopped, any hosted UPnP devices will stop functioning and no additional hosted devices can be added. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Manual Local Service
User Profile Service Started This service is responsible for loading and unloading user profiles. If this service is stopped or disabled, users will no longer be able to successfully logon or logoff, applications may have problems getting to users' data, and components registered to receive profile event notifications will not receive them. Automatic Local System
Windows Audio Started Manages audio for Windows-based programs. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start Automatic Local Service
Windows Audio Endpoint Builder Started Manages audio devices for the Windows Audio service. If this service is stopped, audio devices and effects will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start Automatic Local System
Windows Biometric Service Started The Windows biometric service gives client applications the ability to capture, compare, manipulate, and store biometric data without gaining direct access to any biometric hardware or samples. The service is hosted in a privileged SVCHOST process. Automatic Local System
Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework Started Manages user-mode driver host processes. Automatic Local System
Windows Event Log Started This service manages events and event logs. It supports logging events, querying events, subscribing to events, archiving event logs, and managing event metadata. It can display events in both XML and plain text format. Stopping this service may compromise security and reliability of the system. Automatic Local Service
Windows Firewall Started Windows Firewall helps protect your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network. Automatic Local Service
Windows Font Cache Service Started Optimizes performance of applications by caching commonly used font data. Applications will start this service if it is not already running. It can be disabled, though doing so will degrade application performance. Automatic (Delayed Start) Local Service
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Started Provides image acquisition services for scanners and cameras Automatic Local Service
Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant Started Enables Windows Live ID authentication. Automatic Local System
Windows Management Instrumentation Started Provides a common interface and object model to access management information about operating system, devices, applications and services. If this service is stopped, most Windows-based software will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Local System
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Started Shares Windows Media Player libraries to other networked players and media devices using Universal Plug and Play Automatic (Delayed Start) Network Service
Windows Search Started Provides content indexing, property caching, and search results for files, e-mail, and other content. Automatic (Delayed Start) Local System
Windows Update Started Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs. If this service is disabled, users of this computer will not be able to use Windows Update or its automatic updating feature, and programs will not be able to use the Windows Update Agent (WUA) API. Automatic (Delayed Start) Local System
WLAN AutoConfig Started The WLANSVC service provides the logic required to configure, discover, connect to, and disconnect from a wireless local area network (WLAN) as defined by IEEE 802.11 standards. It also contains the logic to turn your computer into a software access point so that other devices or computers can connect to your computer wirelessly using a WLAN adapter that can support this. Stopping or disabling the WLANSVC service will make all WLAN adapters on your computer inaccessible from the Windows networking UI. It is strongly recommended that you have the WLANSVC service running if your computer has a WLAN adapter. Automatic Local System
Workstation Started Creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers using the SMB protocol. If this service is stopped, these connections will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start. Automatic Network Service


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02 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Hello and welcome to the forums, regulater!

Oh dear me, thats quite the wall of text you've got there!

Here're some simple tutorials to help you take screenshots of the services on your system and upload them so that they're easier to diagnose:-

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums

(the vista tutorial works for windows 7 as well)

Please follow the tutorials, so that we can help you better!

As an example, here're screenshots of the services on my system in 4 windows:-

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Is this too many services running?-capture2.png Is this too many services running?-capture3.png

Thanks in advance!


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02 Jul 2012   #3

7 64bit
 
 

So sorry, here they are. Thanks! Just wanna know if any of these services are gonna significantly slow my computer down.


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02 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Steps I would take.
1. msconfig and go to services
2. In lower left corner put a check mark Hide all Microsoft Services. I recommend not messing with Microsoft Services.
3. Check what services have check marks and decide what you want
I only have MAM Pro Services checked.
If your not sure what you want, post back with the list. It will be a lot shorter.
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02 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Hello regulater,

Thanks for replying!

After carefully glancing through your list of services, I've determined which ones you can disable without any consequences...

To change the properties of a service, right click on the entry, click on properties, change the startup type to the status you you want it to be.

The list:-

AMD External Events - it's just a hotkey poller for AMD Graphics Cards and does nothing important

Adobe Acrobat Updater and Adobe Active File - Adobe Parasites, nothing important

Bing Desktop Service - disable this unless you use Bing on your desktop to search

Distributed Link Tracking Client - No important functionality here

HP Auto - HP's pointless tracking service

HP Client Services - Disable unless you use any of your laptop's supplied HP applications

HP Quick Sychro - See above

HPWMISVC - See above

HP Software Framework - See above

Windows Search - Part of the indexing service, can cause massive slowdown if you have not specifically told indexing application to index only specific folders

If you have Itunes or use any Apple products on your system, do not disable Bonjour or any Apple service...

That is all i believe.

If you wish to know further about services and their explanations and safe configurations, follow this link:-

Black Viper’s Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations | Black Viper | www.blackviper.com
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02 Jul 2012   #6

7 64bit
 
 

^^^^^ Thanks for these tips, I'll do that.. Yeah the list got way smaller afterwards..



PS: What about my Processes? Can I post them to you too? Or should I make another thread?


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03 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I wouldn't have any of those 3rd part services running. You can always start them later if you so desire.
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