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Windows 7: Disabling Windows 7 Services

16 Oct 2011   #51

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

Well... in my personal oppinion, I use to change some services state, but generally I leave most of them in manual, I only disable a few ones (TrkWks, WU, WSrch...) but many of them are already tweaked since MS did a good job on fixing resouce usage issues from Vista. BUT here comes my point: if you DON'T KNOW what you are doing, I suggest NOT to mess with your services, and if you do, ALWAYS do a registry backup for that certain key that contains services configurations so if you get in troble you can easily restore defaults, that's what I always do, even if I have more than 5 years tweking this kind of stuff from Windows 2000 to 7.

For starndard users disabling extra startup programs from msconfig should suffice, if you like gaming, GameBooster or TuneUp Utilities are your friends, they can temporarily disable unnecesary services so you can use all your available resorces for your games, buut even me, that barely plays some PC games, need them.

If you need a reccomendation, first learn how windows (every version that is NT based) handles services and what they do, so you can ensure you don't break your system, as I said, I just disable some services, but generally you don't need to mess with them, my reasons of disabling WU is simple BTW: It annoys me that my bandwith is in use every time WU looks for updates (Even if BITS does its job on lowering bandwith usage...) and Wsearch... I always organize my files, so I always know where they are and where to find, for me Wsearch is useless, but for most people they are IMPORTANT services and I would recommend NOT disabling them unless you know what you are doing.

Amost forgot, if you ever think on disabling Windows Firewall because you have a 3rd party program DONT EVER DO IT!!!!! unless you want prblems with networking profiles and its setting not being saved, detected and used. Same goes for all related services in this category like AuthIP & IKE and Base Filtering Engine, they are NEEDED by Windows Firewall and overall Windows 7, otherwise your security wll be seriously lowered.

Just my oppinion

See ya!!

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16 Oct 2011   #52

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FerchogtX View Post
if you like gaming, GameBooster or TuneUp Utilities
Those do absolutely nothing. They do not help one bit. What they try to fix was never the problem on Windows 7. If they cannot help my crap of a computer, they will not help one with a much beefier machine.
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16 Oct 2011   #53
Microsoft MVP


Actually tweaking utilities do something we see here regularly: mess up Win7, which needs absolutely no tweaking to give full performance as it is already the leanest OS ever.

If you need a boost upgrade your processor, add RAM or an SSD, run a clean boot, get a Perfect Reinstall.
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17 Oct 2011   #54

Windows 7 x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
A better approach is to get a clean boot so nothing is running without your knowledge. Uncheck everything in msconfig>Startup and >Services (after hiding MS services) except your AV. Check back after reboots and periodically that nothing writes itself back in or turn it off in its Program prefs or Uninstall.
This is something I can't fault and probably accounts for most of the slowdowns that people see after they install new software or hardware-related software. Apart from msconfig Norton also has a startup manager and HijackThis can illuminate many services added but not necessary.

I do agree with the general concensus here though that if you are not sure what you are doing whilst tweaking whether it be services or other issues then leave it alone.
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22 Oct 2011   #55

Windows 7 Ultimate

Uh oh, all you guys were right, my system is crippled - help!

Heh heh, gotcha - no it ain't!

In the interests of absolute honesty though, I performed a detailed review and should post that one of my services is set to manual that I overlooked previously: Software Protection. This service essentially keeps Win7 running and authentic, otherwise it would invalidate my Win7 O/S. Below is the revised services that are enabled. Still only 20 services which is mighty fine.

I've updated my original post as I don't want someone to deactivate Win7 if they should decide not to read this thread further. And I reiterate, these settings are not recommended for the average Win7 user.
  • COM+ Event System
  • DCOM Service Process launcher
  • DHCP
  • DNS
  • Group Policy Client
  • Multimedia Class Scheduler
  • Network Store Interface
  • Plug and Play
  • Power
  • RPC
  • RPC Endpoint Mapper
  • Security Accounts Manager
  • Software Protection (Manual)
  • Superfetch
  • System Event Notif.
  • User Profile Service
  • Windows Audio
  • Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
  • Windows Driver Foundation
  • Windows Mgmt Inst. Service.
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