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Windows 7: Hardware profiles - Service Configurations

18 Feb 2016   #1

Windows XP SP3
Hardware profiles - Service Configurations

I hung in there with Windows XP for a long as I could but didn't ultimately, regret migrate two notebooks to Windows 7.

Before I did I used to use Hardware Profiles with which to safely boot into and change usually disable services according to Black Viper Service Configuration Guides.

Since migrating to Windows 7 I haven't bothered to look into this again but recently notice that both notebooks are running hotter than i would like and running more services than I would expect are needed.

And of course, I was quick to discover that the Hardware Profile functionality has been removed from Windows 7 making changes to or disabling services difficult to do easily or probably safely.

I have attached 2 screenshots from Task manager:

My question is could it be normal for a notebook running Windows 7 Ultimate to have as many as 79 sometimes over 80 and even 90 processes running? And such high CPU and memory usage? Admittedly some processes have to do with printer monitoring, online storage such as Dropbox and a small Notebook utility called ThinkPad FanControl to monitor fan speed, CPU temperature etc.

Is there a way do make and keep track of changes to services as was previously possible using Hardware Profiles?

PS In hindsight I am only using Windows 7 Ultimate because it came with the notebook. I suspect there are many features in Ultimate which i don't need but not sure which. Could things noticeably improve if I were to look into a lesser version of Windows 7 and if so, which one?

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