Many people have asked for a “one-click” type of solution to Windows XP Pro x64 (64-bit) Services. This page is my answer. Even though it takes more than just “one-click,” it will make things faster for you and assist in configuring your system for optimal performance.
If you wish to create your own custom file, you can: Windows XP Pro x64 (64-bit) Custom Services Registry File.
Warning: Before you do anything, read EVERYTHING!
Notes for a Happier Computer and User
- Do not use “msconfig” to disable services, type “services.msc” in the Run box instead! (why?)
- Before disabling any service, check out the Windows XP Pro x64 (64-bit) Services Information.
- For an easy method of creating multiple Service Configurations, please check out the Windows XP Services Profile Guide.
- All of these services are “Standard” with Windows XP. If you discover something other than these listed here running, another program installed them. View a listing of the more common ones.
- After adjusting your service settings, reboot your computer.
- Before posting your question in the comments below, see if your question has been addressed in the FAQ!
- DO back up your current registry settings before editing or replacing any information. This is accomplished by following this Microsoft Knowledge base article:
- DO back up any files that you cannot be without.
- DO understand that editing the registry, no matter what method or extent, has risks.
- DO use this information at your own risk.
The Don’t list
- DON’T tweak your system randomly. Knowledge is power. Read and utilize the information I have available on my Services Configuration Guide, Services 411 Guide.
- DON’T EVER, NEVER download and install a registry patch without first looking to see what you are applying!
Points to note
- Modifying your services registry start up settings via these patches are GLOBAL. This means that what ever you do will effect all users and all services hardware profiles except when, in a hardware profile, you specify “disable” in the options. In that case, hardware profiles override the “global” settings.
- Everyone should download and view the files on their local system to see what is in there before applying.
- To EDIT the file, Extract the .zip file and save it somewhere on your local hard drive. Use “notepad” to view the file or just right-click, select “edit” and away you go!
- To APPLY the patch, or restore your previous backup registry file, double-click the file or right-click and select “merge.”
- After applying the registry patch, reboot to see the effects of your tweaking.
- I have tested these files on multiple systems and you should have no problems UNLESS you do not follow the instructions on this page. 🙂
Services “Start” Key Modification
This section contains files with ONLY the “Start” key. For example:
The “Alerter” service, this information is applied for the “Default” configuration:
For the key “Start,” the values are:
- 00000002 ~ Automatic
- 00000003 ~ Manual
- 00000004 ~ Disabled
Default Windows XP x64 (64-bit) Service Pack 2 Services Start Key:
- Download the XP Pro x64 File:
Default XP Pro x64 SP2 Start v2.06.zip ~ Size – 891 bytes ~ Version 2.06 ~ August 5, 2010
Safe Windows XP x64 (64-bit) Service Pack 2 Services Start Key:
- Download the XP Pro x64 File:
Safe XP Pro x64 SP2 Start v2.06.zip ~ Size – 931 bytes ~ Version 2.06 ~ August 5, 2010