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Oct 012014
 

Since Windows 10 Technical Preview has been released, I wanted to kick out this update.

The Windows 10 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 10 Technical Preview with Default and Safe configurations online.

All Windows 10 Services Pages will be updated to include the latest information in due time (and a lot of it).

Enjoy!

Sep 262013
 

Since Windows 8.1 is just around the corner, I wanted to kick out this update before it happens.

The Windows 8.1 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro as well as Windows 8.1 Enterprise with Default and Safe configurations online. Windows 8.1 Preview has been replaced with this update.

All Windows 8.1 Services Pages will be updated to include the latest information in due time (and a lot of it).

Enjoy!

Aug 192012
 

The Windows 8 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro as well as Windows 8 Enterprise with Default and Safe configurations online.

All Windows 8 Services Pages will be updated to include the latest dependency information in due time.

All Services pages have been cleaned up a bit to clear out unneeded HTML as well as add in a tabbed feature.

Stay Tuned.

 

 

 

Jul 062012
 

Windows 8 Release Preview Service Configurations are now updated. This included the “Default” as well as “Safe” settings. Information in the table is likely to be adjusted with additional findings over the next several months. It will also be ran through after Windows 8 has been released. “Tweaked” and “Bare-bones” configurations are in the works, but it takes a bit more time to figure those settings out, so I will refrain from adding/updating those columns until after Windows 8 has been released.

Information with “???” is being worked through and verified over time.

Each individual service page is being worked on as updated information is discovered and translated to a constant format. More information about this update is here.

Several Services in the latest version have either been renamed or completely removed. However, a bunch have been added. As such, links to those services are not updated, but will be online as time allows. Windows 8 Release Preview also includes dependency information and that will be added as time allows as well.

Jul 062012
 

Just to give everyone a few words on what I am working on with regards to Windows 8 Services:

It is in progress.

I have a lot to update behind the scenes with regards to transferring information from the old wiki format to WordPress with tons of “extra code” and HTML left over. This also is a good time to update the general format to remove the links (table of contents) to the information and instead replace them with tabs for each OS. It makes it cleaner looking as well as more consistent experience.

An example of what each services page (should eventually) look like is here: http://www.blackviper.com/windows-services/activex-installer-axinstsv/. Near the top of the post, I will have General Information and then a tabbed layout to display only the particular OS desired, followed by Additional Reading.

Also, the original version I used for W8 Services information (WDP) that I currently have posted did not have any dependency information and the Release Preview now does. This also increases the time it takes to do only one service with updated information and with over 160+ default pages/services for Windows 8 alone to change into a tabbed browsing experience… it will take time. Lots of it. :)

I hope to finish this up by the time W8 hits RTM, and then do another run through to polish up.

I am not very enthusiastic, as it is, about using Windows 8 in general, but I will try to push through to give my readers what they expect from me as well as rely on.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Oct 302011
 

I have been monitoring the server performance for the last several weeks (and experiencing it myself while surfing my own site) and it was not up to my standards. I previously attempted to enable APC to speed performance up and failed numerous times for various reasons, becoming frustrated in the process. Today, however, I thought I would give XCache a try with great success. It looks as though CPU usage dropped by around 50% while page rendering and crawl time also dropped by 50%. I am pretty happy with the results.

Now, I can get back to converting my Wiki content over to WordPress so users can experience no ads while logged in and comment directly on Service pages.

An example of converted content is here. It is still a bit rough around the edges, but optimization will come in time.

Dec 162010
 

Introduction

Many people have asked for a “one-click” type of solution to Windows 7 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.

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 7 Service Pack 1 Services Information.
  • All of these services are “Standard” with Windows 7 Service Pack 1. If you discover something other than these listed here running, another program installed them.
  • 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!

To-do List

  • 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.
  • You should recieve no errors when applying these patches.
  • Safe mode is not required.

Additional Information

  • 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. :)
  • All services that have the ability to be installed or uninstalled via Add/Remove Windows Components are not listed here. This is in an effort to not break existing configurations.
  • Several services that normally are “not” enabled are placed into automatic with these files. Two such services are Bitlocker Drive Encryption Service and WLAN AutoConfig. This is also in an effort to not break existing configurations (like a laptop connecting wirelessly) when, for the most part, people download these files to “fix” things.
  • A few services cannot be modified with a registry file. They are not listed here.

Files:

Services “Start” Key Modification

This section contains files with ONLY the “Start” key and “DelayedAutoStart”. For example:

The “Application Experience” service, this information is applied for the “Default” configuration:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AeLookupSvc]

“Start”=dword:00000003

For the key “Start,” the values are:

  • 00000001 ~ A system service that loads/starts very early on. Will not be used here.
  • 00000002 ~ Automatic
  • 00000003 ~ Manual
  • 00000004 ~ Disabled

Also, for the key “DelayedAutoStart,” the values are:

  • 00000000 ~ No
  • 00000001 ~ Yes

Default Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Services Start Key:

“Safe” Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Services Start Key:

Aug 102010
 

In an effort to improve the readability and functionality of my Service Configuration Examples, I have made a few changes:

  • Table columns are now sortable by clicking on the header.
  • Table columns can now be hidden or shown individually.
  • Table headers are now replicated every 10 rows.
  • Table rows are colored even/odd.

These changes are valid whether you chose the Black or White color scheme and tested with Firefox 3.6, Chrome 5, IE 8, IE 9 and for giggles, Android 2.1 and 2.2.

I hope you enjoy the new Services Table Features!