Black Viper’s Windows XP x86 (32-bit) Service Pack 2 Service Configurations

 

Introduction

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from Service Pack 1a to Service Pack 2.

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.
  • An “*” (asterisk) indicates changes from Service Pack 1a to Service Pack 2.
  • All of these services are “Standard” with Windows XP 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.
  • 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 MCE 2005 ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows Media Center Edition 2005.
  • DEFAULT Pro ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows XP Professional.
  • DEFAULT Tablet PC 2005 ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
  • “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.
Display
Name
Process
Name
DEFAULT HomeDEFAULT MCE 2005DEFAULT ProDEFAULT Tablet PC Edition 2005"SAFE"Power UserBare-bones
Alertersvchost.exe *Disabled *DisabledDisabled *DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Application Layer Gateway Servicealg.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Application Managementsvchost.exeManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Automatic Updatessvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Background Intelligent Transfer Servicesvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
ClipBookclipsrv.exeDisabled *DisabledDisabled *DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
COM+ Event Systemsvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
COM+ System Applicationdllhost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Computer Browsersvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Cryptographic Servicessvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
DCOM Server Process Launcher *svchost.exe *Automatic *AutomaticAutomatic *AutomaticAutomatic *AutomaticAutomatic
DHCP Clientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Distributed Link Tracking Clientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Distributed Transaction Coordinatormsdtc.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
DNS Clientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Error Reporting Servicesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Event Logservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Fast User Switching Compatibilitysvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Faxfxssvc.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
FTP Publishing *inetinfo.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Help and Supportsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManual *DisabledDisabled
HTTP SSL *svchost.exe *Manual *ManualManual *ManualManual *Disabled *Disabled *
Human Interface Device Accesssvchost.exeDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
IIS Admininetinfo.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Serviceimapi.exeManualManualManualManualManual *DisabledDisabled
Indexing Servicecisvc.exeManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
IPSEC Serviceslsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic *DisabledDisabled
IPv6 Helper Service *svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Logical Disk Managersvchost.exeManualAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Servicedmadmin.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Media Center Receiver ServiceehRecvr.exeNot AvailableAutomaticNot AvailableNot AvailableAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Media Center Scheduler ServiceehRecvr.exeNot AvailableAutomaticNot AvailableNot AvailableAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Message Queuingmqsvc.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Message Queuing Triggersmqtgsvc.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Messengerservices.exeDisabled *DisabledDisabled *DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
MHNsvchost.exeNot AvailableManualNot AvailableNot AvailableManualDisabledDisabled
MS Software Shadow Copy Providerdllhost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Net Logonlsass.exeManualManualManual *ManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharingmnmsrvc.exeManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network Connectionssvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Network DDEnetdde.exeDisabled *DisabledDisabled *DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network DDE DSDMnetdde.exeDisabled *DisabledDisabled *DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA)svchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Network Provisioning Service *svchost.exe *Manual *ManualManual *ManualDisabled *DisabledDisabled
NT LM Security Support Providerlsass.exeManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Peer Name Resolution Protocol *svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not InstalledNot Installed *Not InstalledNot Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Peer Networking *svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not InstalledNot Installed *Not InstalledNot Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Peer Networking Group Authentication *svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not InstalledNot Installed *Not InstalledNot Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Peer Networking Identity Manager *svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not InstalledNot Installed *Not InstalledNot Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Performance Logs and Alertssmlogsvc.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Plug and Playservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Portable Media Serial Number Service *svchost.exe *Manual *ManualManual *ManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Print Spoolerspoolsv.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Protected Storagelsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
QoS RSVPrsvp.exeManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Managersvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Connection Managersvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Remote Desktop Help Session Managersessmgr.exeManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)svchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locatorlocator.exeManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Remote Registrysvchost.exeNot AvailableAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Removable Storagesvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
RIP Listenersvchost.exeNot Installed *Not InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Routing and Remote Accesssvchost.exeDisabledDisabledDisabled *DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Secondary Logonsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Security Accounts Managerlsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Security Center *svchost.exe *Automatic *AutomaticAutomatic *AutomaticAutomatic *DisabledDisabled
Serversvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Shell Hardware Detectionsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)inetinfo.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Simple TCP/IP Servicestcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Smart CardSCardSvr.exeManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
SNMP Servicesnmp.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SNMP Trap Servicesnmptrap.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SSDP Discovery Servicesvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
System Event Notificationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
System Restore Servicesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Task Schedulersvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Servicesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
TCP/IP Printer Servertcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Telephonysvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Telnettlntsvr.exeNot AvailableDisabledManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Terminal Servicessvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Themessvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Uninterruptible Power Supplyups.exeManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Universal Plug and Play Device Hostsvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Volume Shadow Copyvssvc.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
WebClientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows Audiosvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing *svchost.exe *Automatic *AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)svchost.exeManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Installermsiexec.exeManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Management Instrumentationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensionsvchost.exeNot AvailableManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Windows Timesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows User Mode Driver Frameworkwdfmgr.exeNot AvailableManualNot AvailableNot AvailableManualDisabledDisabled
Wireless Zero Configurationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
WMI Performance Adapterwmiapsrv.exeManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Workstationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
World Wide Web Publishing *inetinfo.exe *Not AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed

Renamed or Removed Services:

  • Fax Service – This service is renamed to Fax * after the installation of Service Pack 2.
  • FTP Publishing Service – This service is renamed to FTP Publishing * after the installation of Service Pack 2.
  • Internet Connection Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing – This service is renamed to Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing * after the installation of Service Pack 2.
  • Portable Media Serial Number – This service is renamed to Portable Media Serial Number Service * after the installation of Service Pack 2.
  • Smart Card Helper – This service has been removed and combined with Smart Card after the installation of Service Pack 2.
  • Upload Manager – This service is removed after the installation of Service Pack 2.
  • World Wide Web Publishing Service – This service is renamed to World Wide Web Publishing * after the installation of Service Pack 2.