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Windows 7: MSConfig - which services are necessary to run and which can be off

10 Jul 2018   #1
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
MSConfig - which services are necessary to run and which can be off

In troubleshooting a setup for slowness, I noticed that there was a lot of
seemingly random disk activity when no functions were going.


Then I examined MSCONFIG for running programs.


Is MSCONFIG the right place to look for all running programs?


Looking at the MSCONFIG Services tab I see many entries.

I turned all the MSCONFIG Services off then rebooted and the disk activity calmed down-- only an occasional blink on the indicator.


Is it possible that there is a malware in Services? I've never encountered such a thing.


Or can the Services be adjusted for minimum necessary activity?


I'm trying to find this slowdown problem on an older board -- MSI 880gm with a 3 core
Athlon.


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10 Jul 2018   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

When you were in the Service tab of MSCONFIG did you tick the box at the bottom that says "Hide all Microsoft Services". The remaining list shows all the other programs & some of those will be running. You can experiment by unticking them one at a time & clicking on the Apply button. Reboot & see if there is an improvement, but you need to keep in mind that you might have problems with some disabling some of them.

The reason for Hiding all Microsoft Services is that removing any MS services may result in a total failure of the computer to start or run programs.
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10 Jul 2018   #3
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Good advice. I wasn't doing much during this observation.
I'll do the suggested action and see if the disk activity stays down.
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10 Jul 2018   #4
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I've always found this site helpful to sort out services: Black Viperís Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations

To clear up some of the listings so you can concentrate on ultimate you can click on column visibility then click on all the default versions of 7 except ultimate, you'll notice as you click them the columns will disappear. You may also want to show all entries instead of only 50.

Related:
Services - Start or Disable
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11 Jul 2018   #5
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi Anak,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
I've always found this site helpful to sort out services: Black Viperís Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations
Yes, that site is very useful and informative. I have used it MANY times in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.
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11 Jul 2018   #6
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for the reply. More research to do.
I've done what you said and hid the Microsoft services. Only one remains which is something about
Mozilla Maintenance for auto update. There's supposed to be a way to eliminate it with an option
in Firefox but I'd just as soon have it gone and am working on removal rather than just
unchecking a box.
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11 Jul 2018   #7
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Now that you have disabled all of the non-Microsoft services except for Mozilla Maintenance, has the computer performance issue been resolved? If so, then one or more of the non-Microsoft services was the culprit.
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11 Jul 2018   #8
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loninappleton View Post
Only one remains which is something about Mozilla Maintenance for auto update. There's supposed to be a way to eliminate it with an option in Firefox but I'd just as soon have it gone and am working on removal rather than just unchecking a box.
It should be listed in programs and features just right click on it and then click on uninstall.

If this machine has thunderbird installed you'll need to find that one to, I've never used thunderbird but there may be two entries in programs and features.
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11 Jul 2018   #9
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
It should be listed in programs and features just right click on it and then click on uninstall.

If this machine has thunderbird installed you'll need to find that one to, I've never used thunderbird but there may be two entries in programs and features.



Yes, it's gone now. For some reason I didn't see it with RevoUninstaller first time through.
Revo showed no leftover things to detele. A check of MSCONFIG showed that it was removed.


No T-bird on the target MSI setup but I'll check for it on the main email machine on this
home network
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11 Jul 2018   #10
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loninappleton View Post
Yes, it's gone now. For some reason I didn't see it with RevoUninstaller first time through.
Revo showed no leftover things to detele. A check of MSCONFIG showed that it was removed.


No T-bird on the target MSI setup but I'll check for it on the main email machine on this
home network



When I did look for Thunderbird in Services after hiding Microsoft Services as explained above on my email machineit showed a bunch of other items installed which may have been 'assumed' at one time
or another. Example is something to do with Acronis which I do not use and do not see
any longer in Programs and Features (if it was there.) Hijack this has some entries too.
I unticked all of these non Microsoft items as a starting point to clean up all my machines

on the homenet.




Perhaps Black Viper has answers to all this. I will examine that when I can.
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