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Your Windows operating system uses a number of services to support the many features of Windows. Third party software will add even more services to your system. Your computer runs slower and may experience a slow-startup process (often taking 10-15 minutes) as a result of too many support services consuming resources and causing a delay during initialization.
How do I tell which services are running?
You can determine which Windows Services are running on your system by pressing ALT/CTRL/DEL and entering the Task Manager Screen. Once you have entered the Task Manager Utility, select the ‘Services’ tab at the top of the dialogue box as shown below:
Do I need all the Windows Support Services that are running?
The answer to this question is most often a resounding ‘NO’. There are many services that support features you may not use, especially networking services not needed by the home user.
How do I stop a Windows Service?
There are three options for service start-up: automatic, manual or disabled. In some versions of Windows you can see the current startup status by right clicking on the service and going to properties or by clicking the services button seen in the lower right hand of the image above. Many Windows services depend on other services to work properly and others are normally disabled. Changing a service from ‘automatic’ to ‘manual’ will eliminate the service from startup but will allow it to run when called for by a program or another service. (See below)
Which Windows Services can be safely disabled to optimize performance?
The following services can be disabled if not used. Be sure to read the description before disabling the service. To test the effect first, right click the service and select ‘Stop’.
Alerter: This program generates administrative alerts over a network for IT purposes and is most often not needed.
Computer Browser: This service is only need if you are connected to a network and wish to view other computer hard drives.
Distributed Link Tracking Client: This service is only used to update network file locations. If a file has been moved to another location, the link will be updated by this service.
Error Reporting Service: This service enables error reporting of system issues to Microsoft.
Fast User Switching Compatibility: Fast switching of user accounts makes it possible to leave your application open without saving your data. If not needed, don't enable this function, as it is known to cause hang-ups.
Indexing Service: With this indexing service, you are able to search faster on your computer. It is often not worth the speed in this area as it slows down your system overall.
Messenger: The Messenger service makes it possible sending messages over the network (this is not Live Messenger). This service is also available from the internet, which makes it a security risk; the user is advised to disable this service.
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing: This service provides the possibility to invite others to access your computer as a remote desktop.
Performance Logs and Alerts: If you do not access your logs, then this service is not needed.
Remote Registry: This service allows external users to make changes to the registry keys over the network connection. This option leaves your system vulnerable to hackers and viruses.
Routing and Remote Access: This function enables others to dial into your computer.
Server: This process allows the sharing of local files and printers with other computers on your network. If there you are not on a network or do not need to share this function should be disabled.
System Restore Service: This service makes it possible to restore your system to an earlier date is you are experiencing errors. This service often doesn’t function properly and consumes abundant resources. The user is better advised to create a restore CD and disable this service.
Themes: If you don't wish to have Custom Windows themes this service can be disabled.
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA): This service is used when downloading images from your camera, web cam or scanner. Moving this service to manual will allow it to operate without consuming resources when not needed.
After changing the status type on any un-needed services, simply re-start your computer and enjoy the improved performance and quicker start-up times.