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Windows 7: Are these services safe to disable please?

31 Aug 2017   #1
Paul Black

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Are these services safe to disable please?

Good evening,

I have just clean installed my Windows 7 OS. Now having done this I want to get the best performance and speed out of my laptop before I create an OS image.
I came across this site outlining which services could be safely disabled along with the reasons why...

http://www.optimizingpc.com/windows7..._services.html

I have read through them and considered each one and I have come up with what I think I can safely disable without any impact on the functionality of my computer. I have listed each of them with what I am going to do.

If there is any reasons why I shouldn't disable some of them then please point me in the right direction.
The ones in BLUE are the ones I thought of changing.

Adaptive Brightness – mine is not supported so I am going to disable.
Application Experience – I am not going to change this.
BitLocker Drive Encryption Service – I do not encrypt files so I am going to disable.
Bluetooth Support Service – I don’t have Bluetooth devices I want to connect so I am going to disable.
Computer browser – I don’t share files so I am going to disable.
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager – Aero Glass not used so I am going to disable.
DiagnosticPolicy-service and Diagnostic System Host – I am going to keep this.
Disk Defragmenter – already disabled in task scheduler.
Distributed Link Tracking Client – I do not link files so I am going to disable.
Encrypting File System (EFS) – I do not encrypt files so I am going to disable.
Function Discovery Provider Host – I don’t share files so I am going to disable.
unction Discovery Resource Publication and Network discovery – I don’t share files so I am going to disable.
HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider – I don’t share files so I am going to disable.
Human Interface Device Access – I am not going to change this.
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) – do not share the internet connection so I am going to disable.
IP Helper – I am goingto disable this for security reasons.
Network List-service and Network Location Awareness – I am not going to change this.
Offline Files - I don’t use offline files so I am going to disable.
Portable Device Enumerator Service – I am not going to change this.
Remote Access Connection Manager and Remote Access Auto Connection Manager – I am not going to change this.
Remote Desktop Configuration, Remote Desktop Services and Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector – I do not use this I use TeamViewer so I am going to disable.

Remote Registry – I am going to disable this for security reasons.
Routing and Remote Access – no computers dial in to get access to the local network so I am going to disable.
Server and Workstation – I do not share files and printers with other computes so I am going to disable.
Shell Hardware Detection– I am not going to change this.
Tablet PC Input-service - computer is not a Tablet PC so I am going to disable.
Task Scheduler – I am not going to change this.
Themes – I am not going to change this.
Windows Audio and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder – I am not going to change this.
Windows Biometric Service – I am not going to change this.
Windows Defender – already disabled as I use AVG.
Windows Error Reporting-service – I am not going to change this.
Windows Firewall – provided by AVG.
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) - I am not going to change this.
Windows Media Player Network Sharing-service – I do not share media libraries so I am going to disable.
Windows Time – I am notgoing to change this.
WWAN AutoConfig – I am not going to change this.








Thanks very much in advance.


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31 Aug 2017   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Paul,

follow the guide here Black viper.
Black Vipers Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations | Black Viper | www.blackviper.com

Not checked his recommendations but leave computer browser system alone

Roy
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31 Aug 2017   #3
Paul Black

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the reply Roy, it is appreciated.

WOW, there is certainly a lot of information to absorb there, a job for the weekend I think.

Paul.
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12 Sep 2017   #4
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I used Black Viper when I had Win XP, and I didn't notice any difference in speed.
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14 Sep 2017   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Don't expect disabling services to provide noticeable performance gains.
While there are indeed many services "running" most of them are simply waiting for something to do and actually consume little resources. Even if you were to disable services on a massive scale to the point where functionality was seriously impaired you would be hard pressed to measure any performance gains. Any perceived gains will be due to the placebo effect.

On the other hand, there are some serious risks with disabling services. There are no publicly available sources that fully document what each service does. Many do more than what available documentation suggests.

Incidentally setting a service start to Manual is not a safe alternative to disabling it. In this state the system or application could start it if needed but don't expect that will actually happen. Unless the default state is Manual this likely won't happen.

In years past I experimented with disabling services and had some unfortunate experiences. I have no desire to repeat them.
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16 Sep 2017   #6
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I always disable just one, Windows Error Reporting Service, because it's a PITA.
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