IMAPI CD-Burning COM
Service: Set this to manual to save
memory and time. Do not turn it off if you
have a CD writer or a DVD writer attached to
Indexing Service: Turn it off, it
uses lots of CPU. If you are an avid
searcher, like a maniac, on your computer,
leave it on since it will help you. If you
know where your files are and do not use
search that often, then disable it for your
InstallDriver Table Manager: Disable
it, it does no harm in doing so.
IPSEC Services: Set this to manual.
Windows Messenger: Disable this if
you are not on a network, it uses too much
memory and it is a hog. Also, it does no
good and sometimes it is likely to become a
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider: Set
this to manual.
Net Logon: Disable if you are not on
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing:
Disable this if you do not use Remote
Desktop feature; in my opinion, it is a
pretty useless feature.
Network Provisioning Service: Disable
this, iti s useless if you are not on a
NT LM Security Support Provider:
Disable this, its useless too.
NVIDIA Display Driver Service: If you
do not use the features of nVidia Desktop,
this service must be disabled; it is a big
hog of memory.
Office Source Engine: Disable it if
you have a MS Office CD handy always, its
helpful if your installation goes corrupt.
Portable Media Serial Number Service:
Set it to manual if you connect portable
media to your computer, otherwise disable
Print Spooler: Disable it if you
donít have a printer.
Protected Storage: Disable it if you donít
allow strangers to sit on your encrypted
Volume Shadow Copy:
Disable it if you donít backup using System
Restore or Windows Backup.
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection
Sharing (ICS): Disable this if you have
another firewall such as Norton or Zone
Alarm installed, otherwise let it remain ON
for better security.
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) : If
you donít connect/use a camera/scanner with
your computer, disable this service, else
set it to manual.
Windows Media Connect: Disable this
if you donít use things such as an iPod etcÖ
for your Windows Media Player.
Windows Media Connect (WMC) Helper:
Disable this if you disabled the one above
or if you donít need help.
Windows Time: Disable if not on a
Wireless Zero Configuration: Disable
if not on a wireless network.
WMI Performance Adapters: Disable it,
useless service for basic usage.
Workstation: Disable if you arenít on
a network. Or simply, if you are a gamer,
just shut this one.
Remote Desktop Help
Disable it if you donít use Remote Desktop
feature for help and support from Microsoft
which most probably is a "Yes".
Remote Procedure Call Locator: Set it
Remote Registry: Serious security
threat if turned on, disable it no matter
Removable Storage: Disable it if you
donít use removable storage drives, else
turn it manual.
Routing and Remote Access: Set it to
Secondary Logon: Useless feature for
most, disable it or turn it manual.
Security Accounts Manager: Disable
it, it's pretty useless, unless you use NTFS
Security Center: Damn useless and
irritating feature. Disable it.
Server: Set it to manual or disable
it if you are not on network.
Smart Card: Disable it if you donít
use smart cards on your computer.
SSDP Discovery Service: Disable it of
not on network or donít have UPnP devices on
Task Scheduler: Disable it if you
donít schedule tasks like defragmentation,
error scans etcÖ and plan to do it your self
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper: Set it to
manual if on network, otherwise disable it.
Telnet: Set it to manual if you use
this feature, otherwise disable it,
especially if you are home users.
Terminal Services: Since you arenít
using Remote Desktop etcÖ disable it for
Uninterrupted Power Supply: Disable
it if you donít have an UPS attached to the
serial port of your computer.
Universal Plug and Play Device Host:
Set it to manual.
User Privilege Service: Set it to
1. To enter service manager, go to Start >
Run > Type services.msc and hit enter.
2. To toggle the startup type of a service
between Automatic, Manual and Disabled,
double-click on the required service and
choose the specific option from the listbox
titled ĎStartup Typeí in the General tab.
3. If you are unsure about a service or for
some reason, think it's important, leave it
alone or turn it to manual instead of
disabling. It will help protect from damage.
4. Completely mastering service management
is a task possible only by trial and error.
5. There are risks involved in turning down
important services, better read the
description before attempting to change a
serviceís startup type.
I hope I have been clear enough for you to
understand what to disable and what not to.
Enjoy a faster and healthier computer.
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