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.
Aug 032015
 

Since Windows 10 has arrived, I thought I would share my findings to date.

The Windows 10 Services Configurations have been updated to include Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro as well as Windows 10 Education and Enterprise with Default and Safe configurations online. Windows 10 Technical Preview has been replaced with this update.

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

Enjoy!

Coming Soon – Windows Services Updates and Website Improvements

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Apr 172015
 

Due to a successful start of my GoFundMe Campaign, in the coming weeks, I will make a solid pass through all Windows Services as well as Windows 7/8/8.1/10 Service Configurations.

Soon, I will also enable the ability to register and login so my readers may post comments directly on my guides.

For now, you can offer feedback in the way of shooting off an email or let me know via my Twitch.tv Live Stream chat.

I have also begun correcting errors in presentation (I bumped up the table font size and made the website wider to display more information) as well as correct grammar/spelling errors.

Stay tuned! Much more to come!

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.