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Black Viper’s Windows XP Pro x64 (64-bit) Service Pack 2 Service Configurations



This information is valid for all versions of XP x64 (64-bit) running Service Pack 2.

Before adjusting your service settings, ensure that you or your system has already installed all updates by “checking now” for any available updates via Windows Update.

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.

Please note: this information is no longer updated. Please take that fact into consideration when reviewing this information.

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 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 XP Pro x64 (64-bit) after the installation of Service Pack 2. If you discover something other than these listed here running, another program installed them. View a listing of the more common ones.
  • Still unsure? Put your setting to “Manual” or the listing under “Safe.” Manual allows Windows XP 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.
  • If you do not have some of these services listed, do not panic! If your computer manufacture “pre-installed” your XP, they choose not to have certain services installed for you. This is, in most cases, a fact with OEM versions of Windows XP Home.
  • Disabling all of the “unneeded services” reduces the footprint of the OS by up to 70%, depending on system.

Table Header Information

  • The columns are sortable. Select the column header to sort by that field.
  • Display Name ~ How it displays in the Services Control Panel.
  • Service Name ~ What name is used in the registry.
  • DEFAULT ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
  • “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 minimize 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.
  • Tweaked Configuration ~ This is the power user setup. This setup is a system that connects through a network (such as a gateway / router) to the internet, provides file and print sharing resources and gaming enjoyment. Some things may not function with this setup. No passwords save. Its use is not for a computer with analog modems or some direct DSL/cable connections. Try the “Safe” Configuration first.
  • Bare-bones Configuration ~ This is the super geek setup. This setup is a system that connects through a network (such as a gateway / router) to the internet with a static IP address. This system does not provide file and print sharing resources, nor have the ability to print. Its use is not for a computer with analog modems or many direct DSL/cable connections. You can use this configuration for extreme tweaking and testing purposes. Many things may not function with this setup. No passwords save. The Event Log will display “errors” of not being able to start certain services. Built in Windows CDR-RW functions may no longer work. Please do not ask, “How do I fix” questions while using this configuration. The answer will be “Use SAFE.” This information’s intention is for reference only.

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.
Service Name (Registry)DEFAULT Pro x64"SAFE"TweakedBare-bones
AlerterAlerterDisabled **DisabledDisabledDisabled
Application Experience Lookup ServiceAeLookupSvcAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Application Layer Gateway ServiceALGManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Application ManagementAppMgmtManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Automatic UpdateswuauservAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Background Intelligent Transfer ServiceBITSManualManualManualDisabled *
ClipBookClipSrvManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
COM+ Event SystemEventSystemAutomaticManual *Disabled *Disabled *
COM+ System ApplicationCOMSysAppManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Computer BrowserBrowserAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Cryptographic ServicesCryptSvcAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
DCOM Server Process Launcher **DcomLaunchAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
DHCP ClientDhcpAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Distributed Link Tracking ClientTrkWksAutomaticManual *Disabled *Disabled *
Distributed Transaction CoordinatorMSDTCManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
DNS ClientDNScacheAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Error Reporting ServiceERSvcAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Event LogEventlogAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
FaxFaxNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
FTP Publishing **MSFTPSVCNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Help and SupporthelpsvcAutomaticManual *Manual *Manual *
HTTP SSLHTTPFilterManualManualManualManual
Human Interface Device AccessHidServAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
IAS Jet Database AccessIASJetManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
IIS AdminIISADMINNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
IMAPI CD-Burning COM ServiceImapiServiceManualManualManualManual
Indexing ServicecisvcManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
IPSEC ServicesPolicyAgentAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
IPv6 Helper Service6to4Not InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Logical Disk ManagerdmserverAutomaticManual *Manual *Manual *
Logical Disk Manager Administrative ServicedmadminManualManualManualManual
Message QueuingMSMQNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Message Queuing TriggersMSMQTriggersNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Microsoft Software Shadow Copy ProviderSwPrvManualManualManualManual
Net LogonNetlogonManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
NetMeeting Remote Desktop SharingmnmsrvcManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Network ConnectionsNetmanManualManualManualManual
Network DDENetDDEManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Network DDE DSDMNetDDEdsdmManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Network Location Awareness (NLA)NlaManualManualManualDisabled *
Network Provisioning Service **xmlprovManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
NT LM Security Support ProviderNtLmSspManualManualManualDisabled *
Peer Name Resolution Protocol **PNRPSvcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Peer Networking **p2psvcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Peer Networking Group Authentication **p2pgasvcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Peer Networking Identity Manager **p2pimsvcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Performance Logs and AlertsSysmonLogAutomaticManual *Disabled *Disabled *
Plug and PlayPlugPlayAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Portable Media Serial Number Service **WmdmPmSNManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Print SpoolerSpoolerAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Protected StorageProtectedStorageAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
QoS RSVPRSVPNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Remote Access Auto Connection ManagerRasAutoManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Remote Access Connection ManagerRasManManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Remote Desktop Help Session ManagerRDSessMgrManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)RpcSsAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) LocatorRpcLocatorManualManualManualDisabled *
Remote RegistryRemoteRegistryAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Removable StorageNtmsSvcManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
RIP ListenerIpripNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Routing and Remote AccessRemoteAccessDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Secondary LogonseclogonAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Security Accounts ManagerSamSsAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Security Center **wscsvcAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
ServerlanmanserverAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Shell Hardware DetectionShellHWDetectionAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)SMTPSVCNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Simple TCP/IP ServicesSimpTcpNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Smart CardSCardSvrManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
SNMP ServiceSNMPNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SNMP Trap ServiceSNMPTRAPNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SSDP Discovery ServiceSSDPSRVManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
System Event NotificationSENSAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
System Restore ServicesrserviceAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Task SchedulerScheduleAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper ServiceLmHostsAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
TCP/IP Printer ServerLPDSVCNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
TelephonyTapiSrvManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Terminal ServicesTermServiceManualManualManualDisabled *
ThemesThemesAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Uninterruptible Power SupplyUPSManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Universal Plug and Play Device HostupnphostAutomaticManualDisabled *Disabled *
Virtual Disk ServicevdsManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Volume Shadow CopyVSSManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
WebClientWebClientAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Windows AudioAudioSrvAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing **SharedAccessAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)stisvcAutomaticManual *Disabled *Disabled *
Windows InstallerMSIServerManualManualManualManual
Windows Management InstrumentationwinmgmtAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver ExtensionWmiManualManualManualDisabled *
Windows TimeW32TimeAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Windows User Mode Driver FrameworkUMWdfAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery ServiceWinHttpAutoProxySvcManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Wireless Zero ConfigurationWZCSVCAutomaticAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
WMI Performance AdapterWmiApSrvManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
World Wide Web Publishing **w3svcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed