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Black Viper’s Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Service Configurations

 

Introduction

To continue my fine tradition of optimizing MS’s latest OS, I have here my findings to date.

Before adjusting your service settings, ensure that your system has already installed all updates by “checking now” for any available updates via Windows Update. At this time, it is best for you to ensure that all services are set to the default values before updating your system. Windows Vista SP1 Default Service Registry Patches are online as well as Windows Vista Retail Default Service Registry Patches.

Breakdown of all changes to date: Vista Information Changelog.

I cannot possibly test all configurations extensively (meaning, each persons specific computer needs), but what I can offer is what “works for me” and the obstacles I have came across so you do not have to discover them on your own. If information on this page needs a revision or expanded, please feel free to comment below.

Notes for a Happier Computer and User

  • Do not use “msconfig” to disable services, type “services.msc” in the Run box instead!
  • Before disabling any service, check out the service information about each by selecting the service name links provided.
  • If you do not wish to select/change each service by hand, I offer up Service Registry files to adjust them with only a few clicks. Currently, “Default” and “Safe” are available.
  • Service settings are global, meaning changes apply to all users.
  • All of these services are “Standard” with Windows Vista SP1 . If you discover a service that is not listed here, another application, driver or program installed them. A few of the more common ones are listed here.
  • Still unsure? Put your setting to “Manual” or the listing under “Safe.” Manual allows Windows Vista to start the service when it needs to (or when ever it feels like it), but not at boot up. 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.
  • Before E-Mailing me, see if your question has been addressed in the FAQ!
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Table Header Information

  • The columns are sortable. Select the column header to sort by that field.
  • DEFAULT ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows Vista.
  • “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.
    • 17 service settings have been changed from the default annotated by an (*) asterisk.
  • “Tweaked” ~ This is the configuration that I have developed to reduce the “Safe” services started, but maintain system security. This does not guarantee it will work for you.
    • 52 service settings have been changed from the default annotated by an (*) asterisk.
    • This configuration is a system that is still able to perform many LAN networking functions, such as file and print sharing and uses wireless networking (laptop) plus leaves several security related “features” like the Windows Defender, Windows Firewall and Windows Update active.
    • This configuration is not for a Windows Media Center PC. In this case, use “Safe”.
  • “Bare-bones” ~ WARNING(!!) ~ This configuration disables many built in features of Windows Vista as well as several security features.
    • 76 service settings have been changed from the default annotated by an (*) asterisk.
    • This configuration is not for a system that is directly connected to the internet as Windows Defender and Windows Firewall are disabled.
    • This configuration is not for a laptop system as wireless networking (as well as Defender and Firewall) are disabled and will not be able to counter attacks while roaming on some random wireless connection outside of the home.
    • This configuration is not for a system that internal network attacks are an issue. For example: Multiple PC’s with multiple family members and inexperienced users. For this situation, I highly recommend “Safe” to ensure network security and Windows Update compatibility.
    • This is not for a system that provides networked resources, such as printers, Media Center, and WMP library to other LAN connected computers.
    • Use this configuration at your own risk. It is only provided here as a reference for me to adjust my system setting. If you tweak your Vista OS, use “Safe.”

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. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
  • Automatic (Delayed Start) ~ With a service in this state, it will start just after boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. 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.
  • “Started” ~ A service that either set to Manual or Automatic that is running by default at or shortly after boot time.
  • “Not Started” ~ A service set into Automatic that is not running by default at or shortly after boot time.

Service Dependency Abbreviation Information

  • HB ~ Windows Vista Home Basic
  • HP ~ Windows Vista Home Premium
  • B ~ Windows Vista Business
  • U ~ Windows Vista Ultimate

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default.

Two ** (asterisks) indicates changes from Retail to Service Pack 1.

Display
Name
Service Name
(Registry)
DEFAULT Home BasicDEFAULT Home PremiumDEFAULT BusinessDEFAULT Ultimate"Safe"TweakedBare-bones
Application ExperienceAeLookupSvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Application InformationAppinfoManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManualManual
Application Layer Gateway ServiceALGManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Application ManagementAppMgmtNot AvailableNot AvailableManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Background Intelligent Transfer ServiceBITSAutomatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start)Automatic (Delayed Start)Automatic (Delayed Start)
Base Filtering EngineBFEAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Block Level Backup Engine ServicewbengineNot AvailableNot AvailableManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Certificate PropagationCertPropSvcManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
CNG Key IsolationKeyIsoManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
COM+ Event SystemEventSystemAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
COM+ System ApplicationCOMSysAppManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Computer BrowserBrowserAutomatic (Started) **Automatic (Started) **Automatic (Started) **Automatic (Started) **AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Cryptographic ServicesCryptSvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
DCOM Server Process LauncherDcomLaunchAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Desktop Window Manager Session ManagerUxSmsAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
DFS ReplicationDFSRManualManualManualManualManualUninstalled *Uninstalled *
DHCP ClientDhcpAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Diagnostic Policy ServiceDPSAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Diagnostic Service HostWdiServiceHostManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Diagnostic System HostWdiSystemHostManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualDisabled *Disabled *
Distributed Link Tracking ClientTrkWksAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Distributed Transaction CoordinatorMSDTCManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
DNS ClientDnscacheAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Extensible Authentication ProtocolEapHostManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
FaxFaxNot AvailableNot AvailableManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Function Discovery Provider HostfdPHostManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Function Discovery Resource PublicationFDResPubAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Group Policy ClientgpsvcAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Health Key and Certificate ManagementhkmsvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Human Interface Device AccesshidservManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying ModulesIKEEXTAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Indexing ServiceCISVCNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Interactive Services Detection **UI0DetectManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)SharedAccessDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
IP HelperiphlpsvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
IPsec Policy AgentPolicyAgentAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
KtmRm for Distributed Transaction CoordinatorKtmRMAutomatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start)Automatic (Delayed Start)Disabled *
Link-Layer Topology Discovery MapperlltdsvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Message QueuingMSMQNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Message Queuing TriggersMSMQ TriggersNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v2.0.50727clr_optimization_v2.0.50727ManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator ServiceMSiSCSIManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Microsoft Software Shadow Copy ProviderswprvManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Multimedia Class SchedulerMMCSSAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Net.Tcp Port Sharing ServiceNetTcpPortSharingDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
NetlogonNetlogonManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Network Access Protection AgentnapagentManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Network ConnectionsNetmanManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManualManual
Network List ServicenetprofmAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Network Location AwarenessNlaSvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Network Store Interface ServicensiAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Offline FilesCscServiceNot AvailableNot AvailableAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Parental ControlsWPCSvcManualManualNot InstalledManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Peer Name Resolution ProtocolPNRPsvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Peer Networking Groupingp2psvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Peer Networking Identity Managerp2pimsvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Performance Logs & AlertsplaManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Plug and PlayPlugPlayAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
PnP-X IP Bus EnumeratorIPBusEnumManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
PNRP Machine Name Publication ServicePNRPAutoRegManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Portable Device Enumerator ServiceWPDBusEnumAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Print SpoolerSpoolerAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel SupportwercplsupportManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Program Compatibility Assistant ServicePcaSvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Protected StorageProtectedStorageManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Quality Windows Audio Video ExperienceQWAVEManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
ReadyBoostEMDMgmtAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Remote Access Auto Connection ManagerRasAutoManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Remote Access Connection ManagerRasManManualManualManual (Started) **Manual (Started) **ManualManualManual
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)RpcSsAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) LocatorRpcLocatorManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Remote RegistryRemoteRegistryManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Removable StorageNtmsSvcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
RIP ListeneripripNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Routing and Remote AccessRemoteAccessDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Secondary LogonseclogonAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service **SstpSvcManualManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManualManual
Security Accounts ManagerSamSsAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Security CenterwscsvcAutomatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start)Automatic (Delayed Start)Disabled *
ServerLanmanServerAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Shell Hardware DetectionShellHWDetectionAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Simple TCP/IP ServicessimptcpNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SL UI Notification ServiceSLUINotifyManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManualManualManual
Smart CardSCardSvrManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Smart Card Removal PolicySCPolicySvcManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
SNMP TrapSNMPTRAPManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Software LicensingslsvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
SSDP DiscoverySSDPSRVManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManualManual
SuperfetchSysMainAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
System Event Notification ServiceSENSAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Tablet PC Input ServiceTabletInputServiceAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Task SchedulerScheduleAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
TCP/IP NetBIOS HelperlmhostsAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
TelephonyTapiSrvManualManualManual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManualManual
TelnetTlntSvrNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Terminal ServicesTermServiceAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Terminal Services ConfigurationSessionEnvManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Terminal Services UserMode Port RedirectorUmRdpServiceNot AvailableNot AvailableManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
ThemesThemesAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Thread Ordering ServerTHREADORDERManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
TPM Base ServicesTBSAutomatic (Delayed Start) **Automatic (Delayed Start) **Automatic (Delayed Start) **Automatic (Delayed Start) **Manual *Manual *Manual *
UPnP Device HostupnphostAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
User Profile ServiceProfSvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Virtual DiskvdsManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Volume Shadow CopyVSSManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
WebClientWebClientAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Windows AudioAudioSrvAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Audio Endpoint BuilderAudioEndpointBuilderAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows BackupSDRSVCManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Windows CardSpaceidsvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Windows Color SystemWcsPlugInServiceManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Windows Connect Now - Config RegistrarwcncsvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Windows DefenderWinDefendAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver FrameworkwudfsvcManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Error Reporting ServiceWerSvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Windows Event CollectorWecsvcManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Event LogEventlogAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows FirewallMpsSvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)stisvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Windows InstallermsiserverManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Management InstrumentationWinmgmtAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Media Center Extender ServiceMcx2SvcNot AvailableDisabledNot InstalledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows Media Center Receiver ServiceehRecvrNot AvailableManualNot InstalledManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Windows Media Center Scheduler ServiceehSchedNot AvailableManualNot InstalledManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Windows Media Center Service LauncherehstartNot AvailableAutomatic (Delayed Start)Not InstalledAutomatic (Delayed Start)Automatic (Delayed Start)Disabled *Disabled *
Windows Media Player Network Sharing ServiceWMPNetworkSvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Windows Modules InstallerTrustedInstallerManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0FontCache3.0.0.0ManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Windows Process Activation ServiceWASNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)WinRMManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Windows SearchWsearchAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Windows TimeW32TimeAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows UpdatewuauservAutomatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)Automatic (Delayed Start)Automatic (Delayed Start)Automatic (Delayed Start)
WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery ServiceWinHttpAutoProxySvcManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Wired AutoConfigdot3svcManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
WLAN AutoConfigWlansvcManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
WMI Performance AdapterwmiApSrvManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
WorkstationLanmanWorkstationAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
World Wide Web Publishing ServiceW3SVCNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default.

Two ** (asterisks) indicates changes from Retail to Service Pack 1.