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Black Viper’s Windows 8 Service Configurations

Introduction

This information is based upon the Desktop versions of Windows 8.

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.

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Please note: this information is no longer updated.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 (Windows Key + R)  instead!
  • 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 8 and installed by default or Add/Remove Windows Features. If you discover a service that is not listed here, another application, driver or program installed them.
  • WLAN Autoconfig service is required for normal operation of your wireless network card. It is listed here as Manual due to most desktops not needing wireless access, but if you do have a wireless network card installed (laptop), it will be in Automatic by default.
  • Still unsure? Put your setting to “Manual” or the listing under “Safe.” Manual allows Windows 8 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.

Table Header Information

  • The columns are sortable. Select the column header to sort by that field.
  • DEFAULT ~ What MS thinks should be running on Windows 8.
  • “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.
    • 26 service settings have been changed from the default annotated by an (*) asterisk.

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 (Trigger Start) ~ This is a version of Manual mode that allows Windows to start a service when specifically called and Microsoft’s answer to “too many services running all the time”.
  • 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.
  • “Not Available” ~ A service that does not apply to the particular version.
  • “Uninstalled” ~ The ability to uninstall a service that I recommend to be removed by using Add/Remove Windows Features.

Service Dependency Abbreviation Information

  • W8 – Windows 8
  • W8P – Windows 8 Pro
  • W8E – Windows 8 Enterprise

Service Default Registry Entries

  • These entries are exported directly from the registry of a default Windows 8 installation.
  • They are in the .reg file format (many entries are in hex notation), not as you would actually view the content via regedit.exe.
  • The particular location extracted is under: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default

Two ** (asterisks) indicates you can add or remove this service by:

  1. Head to Start (Windows Key)
  2. Type Control Panel (or enough letters so it appears in the results)
  3. Select Control Panel (under Results)
  4. Select Programs
  5. Select Programs and Features
  6. Select Turn Windows Features on or off
Or
  1. Head to Start (Windows Key)
  2. Right Click an EMPTY area
  3. Select All Apps (bottom right)
  4. Select Control Panel (under Windows System)
  5. Select Programs
  6. Select Programs and Features
  7. Select Turn Windows Features on or off
Display Name Service Name (Registry) DEFAULT
Windows 8
DEFAULT
Windows 8
Pro
Default
Windows 8
Enterprise
"Safe"
ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV) AxInstSV Manual Manual Manual Manual
Application Experience AeLookupSvc Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Application Host Helper Service ** AppHostSvc Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Application Identity AppIDSvc Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Application Information Appinfo Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
Application Layer Gateway Service ALG Manual Manual Manual Manual
Application Management AppMgmt Not Available Manual Manual Disabled *
ASP.NET State Service ** aspnet_state Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed
Background Intelligent Transfer Service BITS Manual (Stopped at boot, Started when needed) Manual (Stopped at boot, Started when needed) Manual (Stopped at boot, Started when needed) Manual
Background Tasks Infrastructure Service BrokerInfrastructure Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Base Filtering Engine BFE Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
BitLocker Drive Encryption Service BDESVC Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Block Level Backup Engine Service wbengine Manual Manual Manual Manual
Bluetooth Support Service bthserv Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
BranchCache PeerDistSvc Not Available Manual Manual Disabled *
Certificate Propagation CertPropSvc Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Claims to Windows Token Service ** c2wts Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed
Client for NFS NfsClnt Not Available Not Available Manual Disabled *
CNG Key Isolation KeyIso Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
COM+ Event System EventSystem Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
COM+ System Application COMSysApp Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
Computer Browser Browser Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Credential Manager VaultSvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Cryptographic Services CryptSvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
DCOM Server Process Launcher DcomLaunch Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Device Association Service DeviceAssociationService Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Automatic
Device Install Service DeviceInstall Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Device Setup Manager DsmSVC Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
DHCP Client Dhcp Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Diagnostic Policy Service DPS Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Diagnostic Service Host WdiServiceHost Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
Diagnostic System Host WdiSystemHost Manual Manual Manual Manual
Distributed Link Tracking Client TrkWks Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled *
Distributed Transaction Coordinator MSDTC Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
DNS Client Dnscache Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic
DS Role Server ** DsRoleSvc Not Available Not installed (Manual) Not installed (Manual) Not installed
Encrypting File System (EFS) EFS Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Extensible Authentication Protocol EapHost Manual Manual Manual Manual
Family Safety WPCSvc Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Fax ** Fax Manual Manual Manual Manual
File History Service fhsvc Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Function Discovery Provider Host fdPHost Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
Function Discovery Resource Publication FDResPub Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
Group Policy Client gpsvc Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic
Health Key and Certificate Management hkmsvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
HomeGroup Listener HomeGroupListener Manual Manual Manual Manual
HomeGroup Provider HomeGroupProvider Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual
Human Interface Device Access hidserv Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Hyper-V Data Exchange Service vmickvpexchange Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service vmicshutdown Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
Hyper-V Heartbeat Service vmicheartbeat Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
Hyper-V Remote Desktop Virtualization Service vmicrdv Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
Hyper-V Time Synchronization Service vmictimesync Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requestor vmicvss Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
IIS Admin Service ** IISADMIN Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules IKEEXT Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Interactive Services Detection UI0Detect Manual Manual Manual Manual
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) SharedAccess Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
IP Helper iphlpsvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled *
IPsec Policy Agent PolicyAgent Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator KtmRm Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper lltdsvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Local Session Manager LSM Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
LPD Service ** LPDSVC Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Message Queuing ** MSMQ Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Message Queuing Triggers ** MSMQTriggers Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant wlidsvc Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Microsoft FTP Service ** ftpsvc Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service MSiSCSI Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider swprv Manual (Started at boot, then stops) Manual (Started at boot, then stops) Manual (Started at boot, then stops) Manual
Multimedia Class Scheduler MMCSS Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Net.Msmq Listener Adapter ** NetMsmqActivator Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Net.Pipe Listener Adapter ** NetPipeActivator Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Net.Tcp Listener Adapter ** NetTcpActivator Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service ** NetTcpPortSharing Disabled (Changed to Manual and Started if the previous 3 Services are installed) Disabled (Changed to Manual and Started if the previous 3 Services are installed) Disabled (Changed to Manual and Started if the previous 3 Services are installed) Uninstalled *
Netlogon Netlogon Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Network Access Protection Agent napagent Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup NcdAutoSetup Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual
Network Connections Netman Manual Manual Manual Manual
Network Connectivity Assistant NcaSVC Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Network List Service netprofm Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
Network Location Awareness NlaSvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Network Store Interface Service nsi Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Offline Files CscService Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
Optimize Drives defragsvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Peer Name Resolution Protocol PNRPsvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Peer Networking Grouping p2psvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Peer Networking Identity Manager p2pimsvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Performance Logs & Alerts pla Manual Manual Manual Manual
Plug and Play PlugPlay Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
PNRP Machine Name Publication Service PNRPAutoReg Manual Manual Manual Manual
Portable Device Enumerator Service WPDBusEnum Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Power Power Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Print Spooler Spooler Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Printer Extensions and Notifications PrintNotify Manual Manual Manual Manual
Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support wercplsupport Manual Manual Manual Manual
Program Compatibility Assistant Service PcaSvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Quality Windows Audio Video Experience QWAVE Manual Manual Manual Manual
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager RasAuto Manual Manual Manual Manual
Remote Access Connection Manager RasMan Manual Manual Manual Manual
Remote Desktop Configuration SessionEnv Manual (Maybe Started when using Remote Desktop) Manual (Maybe Started when using Remote Desktop) Manual (Maybe Started when using Remote Desktop) Manual
Remote Desktop Services TermService Manual (Maybe Started when using Remote Desktop) Manual (Maybe Started when using Remote Desktop) Manual (Maybe Started when using Remote Desktop) Manual
Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector UmRdpService Manual (Maybe Started when using Remote Desktop) Manual (Maybe Started when using Remote Desktop) Manual (Maybe Started when using Remote Desktop) Manual
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) RpcSs Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator RpcLocator Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Remote Registry RemoteRegistry Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
RIP Listener ** iprip Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Routing and Remote Access RemoteAccess Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
RPC Endpoint Mapper RpcEptMapper Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Secondary Logon seclogon Manual Manual Manual Manual
Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service SstpSvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Security Accounts Manager SamSs Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Security Center wscsvc Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start)
Sensor Monitoring Service SensrSvc Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
Server LanmanServer Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Shell Hardware Detection ShellHWDetection Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Simple TCP/IP Services ** simptcp Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
Smart Card SCardSvr Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Smart Card Removal Policy SCPolicySvc Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
SNMP Service ** SNMP Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
SNMP Trap SNMPTRAP Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Software Protection sppsvc Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start)
Spot Verifier svsvc Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
SSDP Discovery SSDPSRV Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
Still Image Acquisition Events WiaRpc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Storage Service StorSvc Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Disabled *
Superfetch SysMain Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
System Event Notification Service SENS Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
System Events Broker SystemEventsBroker Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual
Task Scheduler Schedule Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper lmhosts Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic
Telephony TapiSrv Manual Manual Manual Manual
Telnet ** TlntSvr Not Installed (Disabled) Not Installed (Disabled) Not Installed (Disabled) Not Installed
Themes Themes Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Thread Ordering Server THREADORDER Manual Manual Manual Manual
Time Broker TimeBroker Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual (Trigger Start, Started) Manual
Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service TabletInputService Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
UPnP Device Host upnphost Manual Manual Manual Manual
User Profile Service ProfSvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Virtual Disk vds Manual Manual Manual Manual
Volume Shadow Copy VSS Manual Manual Manual Manual
Web Management Service ** WMSVC Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed
WebClient WebClient Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Windows All User Install Agent AllUserInstallAgent Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Windows Audio AudioSrv Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Windows Audio Endpoint Builder AudioEndpointBuilder Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Windows Backup SDRSVC Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Biometric Service WbioSrvc Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Windows Color System WcsPlugInService Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar wcncsvc Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Windows Connection Manager Wcmsvc Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic
Windows Defender Service WinDefend Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic (Trigger Start, Started) Automatic
Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework wudfsvc Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Windows Error Reporting Service WerSvc Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Windows Event Collector Wecsvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Event Log EventLog Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Windows Firewall MpsSvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Windows Font Cache Service FontCache Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) StiSvc Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Installer msiserver Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation Winmgmt Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service ** WMPNetworkSvc Manual Manual Manual Disabled * (Uninstalled)
Windows Modules Installer TrustedInstaller Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0 ** FontCache3.0.0.0 Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed (Manual) Not Installed
Windows Process Activation Service ** WAS Not Installed (Manual, Started) Not Installed (Manual, Started) Not Installed (Manual, Started) Not Installed
Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) WinRM Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Search ** WSearch Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start)
Windows Store Service (WSService) WSService Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Windows Time W32Time Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
Windows Update wuauserv Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual (Trigger Start) Manual
WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service WinHttpAutoProxySvc Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual
Wired AutoConfig dot3svc Manual Manual Manual Manual
WLAN AutoConfig WlanSvc Manual (Automatic with Wireless Card Installed) Manual (Automatic with Wireless Card Installed) Manual (Automatic with Wireless Card Installed) Manual
WMI Performance Adapter wmiApSrv Manual Manual Manual Manual
Workstation LanmanWorkstation Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic
World Wide Web Publishing Service ** W3SVC Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed (Automatic, Started) Not Installed
WWAN AutoConfig WwanSvc Manual Manual Manual Manual

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default

Two ** (asterisks) indicates you can add or remove this service by:

  1. Head to Start (Windows Key)
  2. Type Control Panel (or enough letters so it appears in the results)
  3. Select Control Panel (under Results)
  4. Select Programs
  5. Select Programs and Features
  6. Select Turn Windows Features on or off
Or
  1. Head to Start (Windows Key)
  2. Right Click an EMPTY area
  3. Select All Apps (bottom right)
  4. Select Control Panel (under Windows System)
  5. Select Programs
  6. Select Programs and Features
  7. Select Turn Windows Features on or off