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Black Viper’s Windows XP x86 (32-bit) Service Pack 3 Service Configurations

 

Introduction

This information is valid for all versions of XP x86 (32-bit) running Service Pack 3. XP Pro x64 (64-bit) Service information and Configurations are also online.

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. If information on this page needs a revision or expanded, please feel free to comment below.

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default.

Two ** (asterisks) indicates changes from Service Pack 2 to Service Pack 3.

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.
  • If you wish to create a custom registry file, you can use my Custom Services Registry File Tool.
  • Service settings are global, meaning changes apply to all users.
  • All of these services are “Standard” with Windows XP after the installation of Service Pack 3. If you discover something other than these listed here running, another program installed them or they were installed with optional updates via Windows Update. Examples of this include .NET services and WMP services. 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 posting your question in the comments below, 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.
  • Viewing Instructions: If the information is hard to read, please check out your viewing options.

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.
  • “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 my 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.
  • “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

  • H ~ Windows XP Home
  • M ~ Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • P ~ Windows XP Pro
  • T ~ Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
Display
Name
Service Name
(Registry)
DEFAULT HomeDEFAULT MCE 2005DEFAULT ProDEFAULT Tablet PC Edition 2005"SAFE"TweakedBare-bones
AlerterAlerterDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Application Layer Gateway ServiceALGManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManualDisabled *
Application ManagementAppMgmtManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Automatic UpdateswuauservAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Background Intelligent Transfer ServiceBITSManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
ClipBookClipSrvDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
COM+ Event SystemEventSystemManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManualDisabled *
COM+ System ApplicationCOMSysAppManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Computer BrowserBrowserAutomatic (Not Started)Automatic (Not Started)Automatic (Not Started)Automatic (Not Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Cryptographic ServicesCryptSvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
DCOM Server Process LauncherDcomLaunchAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
DHCP ClientDhcpAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Distributed Link Tracking ClientTrkWksAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Manual *Manual *Disabled *
Distributed Transaction CoordinatorMSDTCManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
DNS ClientDnscacheAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Error Reporting ServiceERSvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Event LogEventlogAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Extensible Authentication Protocol Service **EapHostManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Fast User Switching CompatibilityFastUserSwitchingCompatibilityManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualDisabled *Disabled *
FaxFaxNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
FTP PublishingMSFtpsvcNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Health Key and Certificate Management Service **hkmsvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Help and SupporthelpsvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Manual *Disabled *Disabled *
HTTP SSLHTTPFilterManual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManual (Started)ManualDisabled *Disabled *
Human Interface Device AccessHidServDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
IIS AdminIISADMINNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
IMAPI CD-Burning COM ServiceImapiServiceManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Indexing ServicecisvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
IPSEC ServicesPolicyAgentAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
IPv6 Helper Service6to4Not InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Logical Disk ManagerdmserverManualAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Manual *Manual *Disabled *
Logical Disk Manager Administrative ServicedmadminManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Media Center Receiver ServiceehRecvrNot AvailableAutomatic (Started)Not AvailableNot AvailableAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Media Center Scheduler ServiceehSchedNot AvailableAutomatic (Started)Not AvailableNot AvailableAutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Message QueuingMSMQNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Message Queuing TriggersMSMQTriggersNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
MessengerMessengerDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
MHNMHNNot AvailableManualNot AvailableNot AvailableManualDisabled *Disabled *
MS Software Shadow Copy ProviderSwPrvManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Net LogonNetlogonManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
NetMeeting Remote Desktop SharingmnmsrvcManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Network Access Protection Agent **napagentManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Network ConnectionsNetmanManual (Started)ManualManualManualManualManualManual
Network DDENetDDEDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network DDE DSDMNetDDEdsdmDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA)NlaManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualManualDisabled *
Network Provisioning ServicexmlprovManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
NT LM Security Support ProviderNtLmSspManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Peer Name Resolution ProtocolPNRPSvcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Peer Networkingp2psvcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Peer Networking Group Authenticationp2pgasvcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Peer Networking Identity Managerp2pimsvcNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Performance Logs and AlertsSysmonLogManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Plug and PlayPlugPlayAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Portable Media Serial Number ServiceWmdmPmSNManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Print SpoolerSpoolerAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Protected StorageProtectedStorageAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
QoS RSVPRSVPManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Remote Access Auto Connection ManagerRasAutoManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Remote Access Connection ManagerRasManManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Remote Desktop Help Session ManagerRDSessMgrManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)RpcSsAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) LocatorRpcLocatorManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Remote RegistryRemoteRegistryNot AvailableAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Removable StorageNtmsSvcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
RIP ListenerIpripNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Routing and Remote AccessRemoteAccessDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Secondary LogonseclogonAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Security Accounts ManagerSamSsAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Security CenterwscsvcAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
ServerlanmanserverAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Shell Hardware DetectionShellHWDetectionAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)SMTPSVCNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Simple TCP/IP ServicesSimpTcpNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Smart CardSCardSvrManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
SNMP ServiceSNMPNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SNMP Trap ServiceSNMPTRAPNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SSDP Discovery ServiceSSDPSRVManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualDisabled *Disabled *
System Event NotificationSENSAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
System Restore ServicesrserviceAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Task SchedulerScheduleAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticDisabled *
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper ServiceLmHostsAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
TCP/IP Printer ServerLPDSVCNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
TelephonyTapiSrvManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
TelnetTlntSvrNot AvailableDisabledManualDisabledDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Terminal ServicesTermServiceManual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)Manual (Started)ManualDisabled *Disabled *
ThemesThemesAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
Uninterruptible Power SupplyUPSManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Universal Plug and Play Device HostupnphostManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Volume Shadow CopyVSSManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
WebClientWebClientAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Windows AudioAudioSrvAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Firewall / Internet Connection SharingSharedAccessAutomatic (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 Management Instrumentation Driver ExtensionWmiNot AvailableManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *
Windows TimeW32TimeAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
Wired AutoConfig **Dot3svcManualManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *
Wireless Zero ConfigurationWZCSVCAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticDisabled *Disabled *
WMI Performance AdapterWmiApSrvManualManualManualManualDisabled *Disabled *Disabled *
WorkstationlanmanworkstationAutomatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)Automatic (Started)AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
World Wide Web Publishingw3svcNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default.

Two ** (asterisks) indicates changes from Service Pack 2 to Service Pack 3.