Black Viper’s Windows XP x86 (32-bit) Service Configurations


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.
  • Service settings are global, meaning changes apply to all users.
  • All of these services are “Standard” with Windows XP. 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.
  • Before E-Mailing me, see if your question has been addressed in the FAQ!
  • 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.
  • Process Name ~ Name of the Process running in the background (displays in Task Manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del).
  • DEFAULT Home ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows XP Home.
  • DEFAULT Pro ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows XP 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 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.
  • Power User Configuration ~ This is the power user setup. A great way to test this setup is here. 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. A great way to test this setup is here. 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.
DEFAULT HomeDEFAULT Pro"SAFE"Power UserBare-bones
Application Layer Gateway Servicealg.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Application Managementsvchost.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Automatic Updatessvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Background Intelligent Transfer Servicesvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
COM+ Event Systemsvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
COM+ System Applicationdllhost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Computer Browsersvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Cryptographic Servicessvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
DHCP Clientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Distributed Link Tracking Clientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Distributed Transaction Coordinatormsdtc.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
DNS Clientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Error Reporting Servicesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Event Logservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Fast User Switching Compatibilitysvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Fax Servicefxssvc.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
FTP Publishing Serviceinetinfo.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Help and Supportsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Human Interface Device Accesssvchost.exeDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
IIS Admininetinfo.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Serviceimapi.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Indexing Servicecisvc.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Internet Connection Firewall/Internet Connection Sharingsvchost.exeManualAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
IPSEC Serviceslsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Logical Disk Managersvchost.exeManualAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Servicedmadmin.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Message Queuingmqsvc.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Message Queuing Triggersmqtgsvc.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
MS Software Shadow Copy Providerdllhost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Net Logonlsass.exeManualAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharingmnmsrvc.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network Connectionssvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManual
Network DDEnetdde.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network DDE DSDMnetdde.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA)svchost.exeManualManualManualManualDisabled
NT LM Security Support Providerlsass.exeManualManualManualManualDisabled
Performance Logs and Alertssmlogsvc.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Plug and Playservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Portable Media Serial Numbersvchost.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Print Spoolerspoolsv.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Protected Storagelsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
QoS RSVPrsvp.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Managersvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Connection Managersvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Remote Desktop Help Session Managersessmgr.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)svchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locatorlocator.exeManualManualManualManualDisabled
Remote Registrysvchost.exeNot AvailableAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Removable Storagesvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
RIP Listenersvchost.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Routing and Remote Accesssvchost.exeDisabledManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Secondary Logonsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Security Accounts Managerlsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Shell Hardware Detectionsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)inetinfo.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Simple TCP/IP Servicestcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Smart CardSCardSvr.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Smart Card HelperSCardSvr.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
SNMP Servicesnmp.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SNMP Trap Servicesnmptrap.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SSDP Discovery Servicesvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
System Event Notificationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
System Restore Servicesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Task Schedulersvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Servicesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
TCP/IP Printer Servertcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Telnettlntsvr.exeNot AvailableManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Terminal Servicessvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Uninterruptible Power Supplyups.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Universal Plug and Play Device Hostsvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Volume Shadow Copyvssvc.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Audiosvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)svchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Installermsiexec.exeManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Management Instrumentationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensionsvchost.exeNot AvailableManualManualManualDisabled
Windows Timesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Wireless Zero Configurationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
WMI Performance Adapterwmiapsrv.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
World Wide Web Publishing Serviceinetinfo.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed