There are quite a few services you can disable from starting
automatically. This would be to speed up your boot time and free
resources.They are only suggestions so I suggestion you read the
description of each one when you run Services and that you turn
them off one at a time.
Some possibilities are:
- Alerter - Sends alert messages to specified users that
are connected to the server computer.
- Application Management - Allows software to tap directly
into the Add/Remove Programs feature via the Windows Installer
- Background Intelligent Transfer Service - The Background
Intelligent Transfer service is used by programs (such as Windows
AutoUpdate) to download files by using spare bandwidth.
- Clipbook - ClipBook permits you to cut and paste text
and graphics over the network.
- Error Reporting Service - Allows applications to send
error reports to Microsoft in the event of an application
- Fast User Switching - Windows XP allows users to switch
quickly between accounts, without requiring them to log off.
- Help and Support - Allows the XP Built-in Help and
Support Center to run.
- IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service - You don't need this if
you have other software to create CDs.
- Indexing Service - Indexes contents and properties of
files on local and remote computers; provides rapid access to files
through flexible querying language.
- IP SEC - Manages IP security policy and starts the
ISAKMP/Oakley (IKE) and the IP security driver. If you are not on a
domain, you likely don't need this running.
- Messenger - Transmits net send and Alerter service
messages between clients and servers. This is how a lot of pop-up
windows start appearing on your desktop.
- Net Logon - Supports pass-through authentication of
account logon events for computers in a domain. If you are not on a
domain, you don't need this running
- Network DDE - Provides network transport and security
for Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) for programs running on the same
computer or on different computers.
- NT LM Security Support Provider - Provides security to
remote procedure call (RPC) programs that use transports other than
- Performance Logs and Alerts - Collects performance data
from local or remote computers based on preconfigured schedule
parameters, then writes the data to a log or triggers an alert. If
you don't need to monitor your performance logs, then you don't
need this service.
- Portable Media Serial Number - Retrieves the serial
number of any portable music player connected to your computer
- QOS RSVP - Provides network signaling and local traffic
control setup functionality for QoS-aware programs and control
- Remote Desktop Help Session Manager - Manages and
controls Remote Assistance. If you are not using Remote Desktop you
don't need this service.
- Remote Registry - Enables remote users to modify
registry settings on this computer.
- Routing & Remote Access - Offers routing services to
businesses in local area and wide area network environments. Allows
- Secondary Login - Enables starting processes under
alternate credentials. This is what allows you to run an
application as another user.
- Smart Card - Manages access to smart cards read by this
- Smart Card Helper - Enables support for legacy non-plug
and play smart-card readers used by this computer.
- SSDP Discovery Service - Enables discovery of UPnP
devices on your home network.
- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper - Enables support for NetBIOS over
TCP/IP (NetBT) service and NetBIOS name resolution. This should not
be needed in today's network environment.
- Telnet - Enables a remote user to log on to this
computer and run programs, and supports various TCP/IP Telnet
- Uninterruptible Power Supply Service - Manages an
uninterruptible power supply (UPS) connected to the computer.
- Universal Plug and Play Device Host - Provides support
to host Universal Plug and Play devices
- Upload Manager - Manages synchronous and asynchronous
file transfers between clients and servers on the network.
- Volume Shadow Copy Service - Manages and implements
Volume Shadow Copies used for backup and other purposes.
- Web Client - Enables Windows-based programs to create,
access, and modify non-local files across the Internet.
- Wireless Zero Configuration - Provides automatic
configuration for the 802.11 adapters
- WMI Performance Adapter - Provides performance library
information from WMI HiPerf providers.