Aug 112015
 

Introduction

I updated the Windows 10 Service Configurations to include Surface 3 and Surface 3 Pro as well as added another recommendation column named “Tweaked”.

Here is some helpful information to get you started:

The columns can be sorted and individually hidden. Select the column header to sort by that field and/or use the column hiding GUI directly above the table search box. I highly recommend using the column hiding feature to reduce confusion associated with “too much information”.

Notes for Surface 3 and Surface 3 Pro users:

  • The Safe and Tweaked configurations assume a desktop environment as I do not own either device and cannot extensively test the configurations on them.
  • How I obtained the default service settings was by going into a local Best Buy and taking pictures of the service settings with my phone. Seriously. As such, they may not be “completely” accurate, but it is the best that I can do without spending a couple thousand dollars on the retail products. I thought about exploiting their 14 day no questions asked return policy, but decided to whip out my phone’s camera instead.
  • A bit of “thinking” may be required to make sure complete functionality of the tablet after adjusting service settings. Meaning, do not disable obvious services related to touch screen or tablet input actions. Example: “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service”.

Table Header Information

  • DEFAULT ~ What MS thinks should be running on Windows 10.
  • “Safe” Configuration ~ This is the configuration that 95% of the people will be able to use with little or no side effects. It will also minimizes the amount of “errors” that is reported in the Event Viewer. This does not guarantee it will work for you, but if adjusting your services scares you, this configuration would be a good starting point. One should also take a moment and think about issues that may arise; for example: if you use an Xbox and its’ game streaming capabilities, don’t disable the three Xbox services as I have.
    • 33 service settings out of 223 have been changed from the default annotated by an (*) asterisk.
  • “Tweaked” Configuration ~ This is the configuration that a lot of gamers, geeks and power users enjoy using and ask me for. Even though I follow this configuration myself, this does not guarantee it will work for you. I generally do not answer “my computer is broke, what is wrong” questions with those users who choose to use this configuration. If this scares you, use “Safe” instead! One should also take a moment and think about issues that may arise; for example: if you use an Xbox and its’ game streaming capabilities, don’t disable the three Xbox services as I have.
    • 51 service settings out of 223 have been changed from the default annotated by an (*) asterisk.