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Black Viper’s Windows Vista Service Configurations

Introduction

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

Some updates will fail if a particular service is not set to its default value or disabled. At this time, it is best for you to ensure that all services are set to the default values before updating your system. Windows Vista Default Service Registry Patches are online.

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Please note: this information is no longer updated.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!
  • Service settings are global, meaning changes apply to all users.
  • All of these services are “Standard” with Windows Vista. If you discover a service that is not listed here, another application, driver or program installed them. A few of the more common ones are listed here.
  • Still unsure? Put your setting to “Manual” or the listing under “Safe.” Manual allows Windows Vista 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 Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows Vista.
  • “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.
    • 18 service settings have been changed from the default annotated by an (*) asterisk.
  • “Tweaked” ~ This is the configuration that I have developed to reduce the “Safe” services started, but maintain system security. This does not guarantee it will work for you.
    • 56 service settings have been changed from the default annotated by an (*) asterisk.
    • This configuration is a system that is still able to perform many LAN networking functions, such as file and print sharing and uses wireless networking (laptop) plus leaves several security related “features” like the Windows Defender, Windows Firewall and Windows Update active.
    • This configuration is not for a Windows Media Center PC. In this case, use “Safe”.
    • The possiblility exists that Windows Update will not perform properly and some updates will fail to install. If this is the case for you, I highly recommend using “Safe” to avoid the issue.
  • “Bare-bones” ~ WARNING(!!) ~ This configuration disables many built in features of Windows Vista as well as several security features.
    • 76 service settings have been changed from the default annotated by an (*) asterisk.
    • This configuration is not for a system that is directly connected to the internet as Windows Defender and Windows Firewall are disabled.
    • This configuration is not for a laptop system as wireless networking (as well as Defender and Firewall) are disabled and will not be able to counter attacks while roaming on some random wireless connection outside of the home.
    • This configuration is not for a system that internal network attacks are an issue. For example: Multiple PC’s with multiple family members and inexperienced users. For this situation, I highly recommend “Safe” to ensure network security and Windows Update compatibility.
    • This is not for a system that provides networked resources, such as printers, Media Center, and WMP library to other LAN connected computers.
    • Use this configuration at your own risk. It is only provided here as a reference for me to adjust my system setting. If you wish to tweak your Vista OS, use “Safe.”

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 ~ 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.

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default.

Display
Name
DEFAULT Home Basic DEFAULT Home Premium DEFAULT Business DEFAULT Ultimate "Safe" Tweaked Bare-bones
Application Experience Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Application Information Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Manual Manual
Application Layer Gateway Service Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Application Management Not Available Not Available Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Background Intelligent Transfer Service Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start)
Base Filtering Engine Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Block Level Backup Engine Service Not Available Not Available Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Certificate Propagation Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
CNG Key Isolation Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
COM+ Event System Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
COM+ System Application Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Computer Browser Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Cryptographic Services Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
DCOM Server Process Launcher Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
DFS Replication Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
DHCP Client Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Diagnostic Policy Service Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Diagnostic Service Host Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Diagnostic System Host Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Distributed Link Tracking Client Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Distributed Transaction Coordinator Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
DNS Client Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Extensible Authentication Protocol Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Fax Not Installed Not Installed Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Function Discovery Provider Host Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Function Discovery Resource Publication Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Group Policy Client Automatic Automatic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Health Key and Certificate Management Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Human Interface Device Access Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Indexing Service Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Interactive Services Detection Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled * Disabled *
IP Helper Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
IPsec Policy Agent Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Message Queuing Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Message Queuing Triggers Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v2.0.50727 Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Multimedia Class Scheduler Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Netlogon Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Network Access Protection Agent Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Network Connections Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Manual Manual
Network List Service Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Network Location Awareness Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Network Store Interface Service Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Offline Files Not Available Not Available Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Parental Controls Manual Manual Not Installed Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Peer Name Resolution Protocol Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Peer Networking Grouping Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Peer Networking Identity Manager Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Performance Logs & Alerts Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Plug and Play Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
PNRP Machine Name Publication Service Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Portable Device Enumerator Service Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Print Spooler Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Program Compatibility Assistant Service Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Protected Storage Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Quality Windows Audio Video Experience Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
ReadyBoost Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Remote Access Connection Manager Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Remote Registry Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Removable Storage Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
RIP Listener Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Routing and Remote Access Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Secondary Logon Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Security Accounts Manager Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Security Center Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Disabled *
Server Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Shell Hardware Detection Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Simple TCP/IP Services Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
SL UI Notification Service Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Manual Manual Manual
Smart Card Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Smart Card Removal Policy Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
SNMP Trap Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Software Licensing Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
SSDP Discovery Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Manual Manual
Superfetch Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
System Event Notification Service Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Tablet PC Input Service Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Task Scheduler Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Telephony Manual Manual Manual (Started) Manual Manual Manual Manual
Telnet Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Terminal Services Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Terminal Services Configuration Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Terminal Services UserMode Port Redirector Not Available Not Available Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Themes Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Thread Ordering Server Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
TPM Base Services Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
UPnP Device Host Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
User Profile Service Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Virtual Disk Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Volume Shadow Copy Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
WebClient Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Audio Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Audio Endpoint Builder Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Backup Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows CardSpace Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Color System Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Defender Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Error Reporting Service Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Event Collector Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Event Log Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Firewall Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Installer Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Media Center Extender Service Not Available Disabled Not Installed Disabled Disabled Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Media Center Receiver Service Not Available Manual Not Installed Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Media Center Scheduler Service Not Available Manual Not Installed Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Media Center Service Launcher Not Available Automatic (Delayed Start) Not Installed Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Modules Installer Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0 Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Windows Process Activation Service Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Search Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Time Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Update Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start) Automatic (Delayed Start)
WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Wired AutoConfig Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
WLAN AutoConfig Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
WMI Performance Adapter Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Workstation Automatic Automatic Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
World Wide Web Publishing Service Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default.