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

18 Sep 2010   #1
NeroDevil

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 
Services I can safely remove from a fresh install?

Hey all, basically I've installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate on my rig, but I want to disable ALL unnecesary services and startup items. Can someone give me a list of services and startup programs that are safe to remove? Thanks in advance!


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18 Sep 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello MY5T.






It is a very bad idea to disable/remove services in Windows 7, forget what you learned with XP, that strategy doesn't work in W_7, it will cause untold problems; you will get better performance leaving it at default.

If you feel the need to tweak something, have a look at the tutorial at the link below to optimize Windows 7; leave services alone.


How to Speed Up the Performance of Windows 7
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18 Sep 2010   #3
NeroDevil

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks BFK! Although the reason I was going for services wasn't for performance, but because of a problem. When Windows boots, it can sometimes act insanely slow, like, theres a 2 second mouse lag and everything! Yet booting in safe mode is perfectly stable, so I diagnosed a possible service to be the culprit. I'm not sure if it's a correct concluion though. ^^;
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18 Sep 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.







Maybe it's a start-up program/app that is slowing you down, have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back to keep us informed.


Troubleshooting with MSCONFIG
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18 Sep 2010   #5
NeroDevil

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks, I'll give it a shot. Oh and it's a fresh install with nothing installed yet, so it's probably a Microsoft thing causing the issue. I'll post back if I get anywhere, just hope for the best!
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18 Sep 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

OK mate, do keep checking back as someone may have an idea for you at any time.
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18 Sep 2010   #7
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

As Bare Foot Kid said, if you aren't sure what effect disabling/removing services will do to your computer, it's best to leave them alone. However ... if you have the means to make a system image just in case something doesn't work out, you might give a look at Black Viper's website. A lot of his recommendations for "safe" tweaks involves changing some services from automatic to manual. You're not actually disabling them as they will run when needed, just not at startup and this could improve boot time.
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18 Sep 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
As Bare Foot Kid said, if you aren't sure what effect disabling/removing services will do to your computer, it's best to leave them alone. However ... if you have the means to make a system image just in case something doesn't work out, you might give a look at Black Viper's website. A lot of his recommendations for "safe" tweaks involves changing some services from automatic to manual. You're not actually disabling them as they will run when needed, just not at startup and this could improve boot time.




Imaging as an 'experiment' is an excellent idea; have a look at this tutorial.

Imaging with free Macrium
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18 Sep 2010   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

I let my services stay at default but checking to make sure that anything that allows remote access is not working. I recommend if you use Black Viper to print a copy and keep notes of what you change. Things that I do on fresh install is use Windows 7 built in Create a Repair Disc and the Create a Backup before changing anything.
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18 Sep 2010   #10
Hondajt

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Steve Ballmer Edition
 
 

OH oh oh!!! I might know this. I bet you have a USB mouse and keyboard, don't you? Try swapping them for serial ones, and I bet that fixes the problem.

OR

Just unplug the mouse, then restart the computer without a mouse. If that doesn't fix it, plug the mouse back in, and unplug the keyboard, then restart.

What was happening for me, was the computer was having issues with my USB port when a keyboard was plugged in that had special keys. I think it thought it was a storage device since it had special keys (like internet, email, volume, etc...). I learned how to fix the problem later, but first, you have to diagnose if that is the problem!

Keep us up to date!

OH, and you seriously need to add more RAM. I highly reccomend at least 2GB of RAM. Windows 7 runs much smoother then.
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