Speed Up Your Windows Machine By Trimming Services

Posted: 16/10/2012 in All Teched UP!, Geek Stuff, How to...., Microsoft, Windows, Windows 7, XP
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Every day I hear the words “My machine is running slow, can you help” (not always that polite). But never the less the answer is always ‘Yes’.

People understand that running disk clean up and defragging their machine will help keep their machine up to speed. But one thing that users are a bit apprehensive about  (and quite rightly so) is turning off Windows services in the fear that they will break something, so here is a list of safe services to turn off and how to do it.

Disable unnecessary Windows services to free up CPU and RAM usage, speed up boot and start up time. This procedure is very easy, just follow my steps correctly.

Click start, run, and type “services.msc”. And the services window will show up.

Now you are on the services page, just double click the service you want to disable and this window will show up. (Don’t worry keep reading there is a list of services soon)

Now here is the list of Windows services that are safe to disable.

  • Application Experience
  • Block Level Backup Engine Service
  • Certificate Propagation
  • IP Helper
  • Portable Device Enumerator Service
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • Protected Storage
  • Portable Device Enumerator Service
  • Secondary Logon
  • Software Protection
  • Server
  • Tablet PC Input Service
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
  • Windows Media Center Service Launcher
  • Windows Search
  • Remote Registry
  • Windows Time

Windows services that are safe to disable if…

  • Desktop Windows Manager Session Manager (if you are on a Netbook)
  • Diagnostic Policy Service (if you don’t use the troubleshooter)
  • Error Reporting Service
  • HomeGroup Listener (No Homegroup sharing)
  • HomeGroup Provider (No HomeGroup sharing)
  • Offline files
  • Print Spooler (if you don have a printer)
  • SSDP Discovery (No HomeGroup sharing)
  • Themes ( if you are on a Netbook)
  • Windows Defender (If you have an Antivirus installed)
  • Windows Firewall (Firewall installed)
  • Windows Image Acquisition (if you don’t have any imaging devices ie., camera, scanners)
  • Windows Media Player Network Sharing Services (No Homegroup sharing)

Disabling unwanted Windows services will eventually speed up your PC, prevent application crashes, frees up RAM and lowers CPU congestion.

While you are doing this if you see services you are not sure of just drop a request in the comments bellow and I’ll tell you if it is safe to disable.



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