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Windows 7: Can i disable Distributed Link Tracking Client service?

21 Apr 2014   #11
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

If I had a nickel for every time somebody was in here complaining that something isn't working only to find out that they disabled key services using Black Vipers directions I'd be rich beyond the dreams of Nazareth.

Many of the comments here are greatly misinformed. And good luck remembering which services relate to the problem which was self created by turning off services they "thought" didn't matter.

Been there done that, way too many times.


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21 Apr 2014   #12
crawfish

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
If I had a nickel for every time somebody was in here complaining that something isn't working only to find out that they disabled key services using Black Vipers directions I'd be rich beyond the dreams of Nazareth.
Is that anything like "dreams of avarice"?

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Many of the comments here are greatly misinformed. And good luck remembering which services relate to the problem which was self created by turning off services they "thought" didn't matter.

Been there done that, way too many times.
There is a cost/benefit trade-off to disabling any feature. The cost of this one, disk grinding and interference with safe eject of external drives, far outweighed the benefits to me. In particular, while it helps in some contexts (e.g. jumplists) with shortcuts after files have been moved, it doesn't help things like paths saved in the registry, application MRU lists, not even for the built-in programs like WordPad, etc. So it's incomplete at best, as it helps the shortcut itself, but not the rest of the system that resolved the shortcut and stored the path it pointed to. The end result is that the shortcut continues to work, but much of what you previously accessed through that shortcut comes up missing, and to me, that makes it not worth the trouble it causes. It's preferable to avoid creating and depending on shortcuts. The vast majority of the ones I use are created for me by program installers, and I pretty much never move their targets around. When I end up breaking one I created for my own use, it's not the end of the world.

Without addressing the merits of "Black Viper", which is not a site I use, the only "misinformed" comment I've seen is the one about probably being unable to use the Location tab to move folders after disabling the service. That's one of the things I do after installing Windows to move my Documents and Downloads folders to their permanent homes on data drives. It's easy to try it in a VM. As for the other major user data folders, Music/Pictures/Videos, I didn't mention them because I don't use them, and I nuke their respective libraries. I have specific reasons for doing that, too.
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