Disable Unwanted Windows Services

by on April 6, 2007
in Tips and Tricks




I have also shared this trick earlier to make your Windows XP faster, but still some people were having problems finding this. So, I have separated this out.

To disable unneeded startup services for a safer, faster XP, use the “Services” Admin Tool (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services). If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, you can disable the following items, with no ill effect.

Alerter
Clipbook
Computer Browser
Fast User Switching
Human Interface Access Devices
Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
Messenger
Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
Server
SSDP Discovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless “Universal P’n’P”, & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Telnet (disabled for extra security)
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Upload Manager
Windows Time
Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)
Workstation

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  • Larry Miller

    Be vey careful when disabling services. There is no is no publicly available list anywhere that fully explains what these services do. Many do more than what is shown in Control Panel and have implications that are far from obvious. You might disable service today and all seems well. Six months later you install a new device or application and it fails or behaves strangely. This can result in hours of difficult troubleshooting.

    The benefits of disabling services are highly overrated. Controlled testing has repaatedly shown that performance gains are very small, even on systems with limited RAM. In most cases the potential risks far outweigh the performance gains.

    Larry Miller
    Microsoft MCSA

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