www.BlackViper.com: Windows 2000 Professional and Server Service Pack 4 Services Configuration 411

Notes for a happier Computer and User

  • Before disabling ANY service, check out the information I have about each service by clicking on the name.
  • Service settings are global, meaning changes apply to all users.
  • Still unsure? Put your setting to "manual" or the listing under "Safe." Manual allows Windows 2000 to start the service when it needs to (or when ever it feels like it), but not at boot up. NOTE: Depending on your configuration, not all services will start when required while in Manual mode. If you find you need a service, place it in Automatic.
  • After adjusting your service settings, reboot your computer.
  • All of these services are "Standard" with Windows 2000 Pro and Server using Service Pack 4. If you discover something other than these listed here running, they were installed by another program. I have listed a few of the more common ones for Windows XP. Most, if not all, are valid for Windows 2000, also. View the Info!
  • Disabling all of the "unneeded services" frees up 12-70 MB of RAM, depending on system.

Table Header Information

  • The columns are sortable. Select the column header to sort by that field.
  • Display Name ~ is how it is displayed in the Services Control Panel
  • Process Name ~ name of the Process running in the background (displays in Task Manager by hitting Ctrl+Shift+Esc).
  • Dependencies ~ describe what services this service needs for proper functionality.
  • DEFAULT Server ~ this is what runs by default on Windows 2000 Server.
  • DEFAULT Pro ~ this is what runs by default on Windows 2000 Professional.
  • "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 this scares you, this configuration would be a good starting point. Note: This is not for Windows 2000 Server in a corporate environment. Every network is different. Only you can decide what you need.

Configuration Information

  • Automatic ~ With a service in this state, it will start at boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. However, this is very rare. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
  • Manual ~ Manual mode allows Windows to start a service when needed. However, very few services will start up when required in Manual mode. If you find you need a service, place it into Automatic.
  • Disabled ~ This setting will stop a service from starting, even if needed. Errors in the Event Viewer will show up complaining of that fact. Some services, while Disabled, will constantly complain. However, this situation is taken care of if placed in Manual. The service descriptions identifies those that should be in Manual vice Disabled.

Black Viper's Windows 2000 Professional and Server SP4 Service Configurations

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Display Name Process Name DEFAULT Server DEFAULT Pro "SAFE"
Application Management services.exe Manual Manual Manual
Automatic Updates svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic
Background Intelligent Transfer Service svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual
Boot Information Negotiation Layertcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot Available
COM+ Event System svchost.exeManualManualManual
Computer Browserservices.exeAutomaticAutomatic Disabled
DHCP Client services.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
DHCP Server tcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Distributed File SystemDfssvc.exeAutomaticNot Available
Distributed Link Tracking Clientservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticManual
Distributed Link Tracking Serverservices.exeManualNot Available
Distributed Transaction Coordinatormsdtc.exeAutomaticManualManual
DNS Client services.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
DNS Server dns.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Event Logservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Fax Servicefaxsvc.exeManualManualDisabled
File Replicationntfrs.exeManualNot Available
FTP Publishing Serviceinetinfo.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
IIS Admin Serviceinetinfo.exeAutomaticNot InstalledNot Installed
Indexing Servicecisvc.exeManualManualDisabled
Internet Authentication Servicesvchost.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Internet Connection Sharingsvchost.exeManualManualManual
Intersite Messagingismserv.exeDisabledNot Available
IPSEC Policy Agentlsass.exe Manual Manual Manual
Kerberos Key Distribution Centerlsass.exeDisabledNot Available
License Logging Servicellssrv.exeAutomaticNot Available
Logical Disk Managerservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service dmadmin.exe Manual Manual Manual
Message Queuingmqsvc.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Net Logon lsass.exeManualManual Disabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharingmnmsrvc.exeManualManualDisabled
Network Connectionssvchost.exeManualManualAutomatic
Network DDEnetdde.exeManualManual Disabled
Network DDE DSDMnetdde.exeManualManual Disabled
Network News Transport Protocol (NNTP)inetinfo.exeNot InstalledNot Available
NT LM Security Support Providerlsass.exeManualManualManual
On-line Presentation Broadcastnslservice.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Performance Logs and Alertssmlogsvc.exeManualManual Disabled
Plug and Playservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Print Server for Macintochsfmprint.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Print Spoolerspoolsv.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Protected Storageservices.exeAutomaticAutomatic Automatic
QoS RSVPrsvp.exeManualManualDisabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Managersvchost.exeManualManual Manual
Remote Access Connection Managersvchost.exeManualManual Manual
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)svchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locatorlocator.exeManualManualManual
Remote Registry Serviceregsvc.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Remote Storage EngineRsEng.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Remote Storage FileRsFsa.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Remote Storage MediaRsSub.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Remote Storage NotificationRsFsa.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Removable Storagesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomatic Disabled
RIP Listenersvchost.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Routing and Remote Accesssvchost.exeDisabledDisabledDisabled
RunAs Serviceservices.exeAutomaticAutomatic Disabled
Security Accounts Managerlsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)inetinfo.exeAutomaticNot InstalledNot Installed
Simple TCP/IP Services tcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Single Instance Storage Grovelergrovel.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Site Server ILS Serviceinetinfo.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Smart CardSCardSvr.exeManualManualDisabled
Smart Card HelperSCardSvr.exeManualManualDisabled
SNMP Servicesnmp.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SNMP Trap Servicesnmptrap.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
System Event Notificationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Task SchedulerMSTask.exeAutomaticAutomatic Automatic
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service services.exeAutomaticAutomaticManual
TCP/IP Print Server tcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Telephonysvchost.exeManualManual Manual
Terminal Servicestermsrv.exeDisabledNot Available
Terminal Services Licensinglserver.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Trivial FTP Daemontftpd.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Uninterruptible Power Supplyups.exeManualManualDisabled
Utility ManagerUtilMan.exeManualManualDisabled
Windows Installermsiexec.exeManualManualManual
Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)wins.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Windows Management InstrumentationWinMgmt.exeManualManual Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensionservices.exeManualManualManual
Windows Media Monitor Servicenspmon.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Windows Media Program Servicenspm.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Windows Media Station Servicenscm.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Windows Media Unicast Servicensum.exeNot InstalledNot Available
Windows Timeservices.exeManualManualDisabled
Wireless Configuration svchost.exe Manual Manual Disabled
World Wide Web Publishing Serviceinetinfo.exeAutomaticNot InstalledNot Installed