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Windows 7: Services I can safely remove from a fresh install?

18 Sep 2010   #11
LeeWhittington

Windows 7 Premium 32Bit\64Bit
 
 

An easy solution to tweaking the Windows Services, using the recommendations of Black Vipers site, there is an application I created posted here on the site that does just that.

For most users, using the Safe Tweak option is the best option.

SMART Windows Services Automatic Tweaking Utility


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18 Sep 2010   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

IMHO you can tweak for ever and get no ware with 512 Ram on Windows 7! I have found that Windows 7 doesn't need tweaks like the older operating system. If you want a little something changed and want to know how just post your question here. If you read around on this site you will find that many Tweaking Programs in many cases cause more problem than there worth. That being said 512 Ram just don't get it with Windows 7.
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18 Sep 2010   #13
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
IMHO you can tweak for ever and get no ware with 512 Ram on Windows 7! I have found that Windows 7 doesn't need tweaks like the older operating system. If you want a little something changed and want to know how just post your question here. If you read around on this site you will find that many Tweaking Programs in many cases cause more problem than there worth. That being said 512 Ram just don't get it with Windows 7.
Not too mention the pretty much unsupported chipset on the motherboard. The only thing listed in his specs that actually has a current driver is the video card, the rest hasn't seen a driver update in years.
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18 Sep 2010   #14
gregrocker

 

I uncheck all startup freeloaders in msconfig>Startup except AV and gadgets/stikynotes. Use the Win7 built-in utilities like Wireless manager instead of factory bloatware.

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials with the Windows Firewall.

Clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner and Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly.

Everything that can be set to Manual in Win7 is already set there. Win7 has become the Black Viper.
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18 Sep 2010   #15
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

I agree Windows 7 services are set much better than than in Vista or XP. Even though I counted 164 services on my Win 7 desktop and of the 98 that are set to run on automatic or manual only 35-45 of them run throughout the day and 43 are running as I type this.

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19 Sep 2010   #16
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I would remove exactly no services from Windows 7. It's pretty balanced as it is, and once you start monkeying around with the services and the registry, you stand a good chance of messing something up.

If you must fiddle, be sure to do a system image first. And I agree with everyone that says "More RAM" That's probably the biggest reason for the slowdown, and tweaking isn't going to help that at all.
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19 Sep 2010   #17
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Once you start monkeying around with the services and the registry, you stand a good chance of messing something up.
I agree! Don't mess around with the registry you might mess things up, but removing completely unneeded services like for a fax machine or remote access to your desktop that have absolutely no dependencies is just a matter of housekeeping and there plenty of these unneeded services that MS has scheduled to run regularly that only consume system resources the removal of which on a hardware and RAM challenged computer can make a noticeable difference to the user.

As is always advised make a fresh restore point, have a reliable System Image backup, and a 3rd party Image Backup as insurance consult the expert advise at Black Viper Web Site, keep it simple and you have nothing to fear. I don't even start my computer in the mornings without a full set of backups because with Windows anything might happen and its always advisable to have a full set of backups ready to use.

If you have any doubts or apprehensions about learning the intricacies of what 150+ different Win 7 services do and how they interact with and depend on each other then just leave the services as they are especially if you have a powerful computer that services won't slow down unless you're one of those people like me who doesn't like to carry excess unneeded junk no matter how fast the computer is.

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