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Black Viper’s Windows XP Pro x64 (64-bit) Service Pack 2 Service Configurations

Introduction

This information is valid for all versions of XP x64 (64-bit) running Service Pack 2.

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.

Please note: this information is no longer updated.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! (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.
  • Service settings are global, meaning changes apply to all users.
  • All of these services are “Standard” with Windows XP Pro x64 (64-bit) 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.
  • 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.
  • Service Name ~ What name is used in the registry.
  • DEFAULT ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
  • “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 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
Service Name (Registry) DEFAULT Pro x64 "SAFE" Tweaked Bare-bones
Alerter Alerter Disabled ** Disabled Disabled Disabled
Application Experience Lookup Service AeLookupSvc Automatic Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Application Layer Gateway Service ALG Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Application Management AppMgmt Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Automatic Updates wuauserv Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Background Intelligent Transfer Service BITS Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
ClipBook ClipSrv Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
COM+ Event System EventSystem Automatic Manual * Disabled * Disabled *
COM+ System Application COMSysApp Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Computer Browser Browser Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Cryptographic Services CryptSvc Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled *
DCOM Server Process Launcher ** DcomLaunch Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
DHCP Client Dhcp Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Distributed Link Tracking Client TrkWks Automatic Manual * Disabled * Disabled *
Distributed Transaction Coordinator MSDTC Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
DNS Client DNScache Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Error Reporting Service ERSvc Automatic Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Event Log Eventlog Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Fax Fax Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
FTP Publishing ** MSFTPSVC Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Help and Support helpsvc Automatic Manual * Manual * Manual *
HTTP SSL HTTPFilter Manual Manual Manual Manual
Human Interface Device Access HidServ Automatic Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
IAS Jet Database Access IASJet Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
IIS Admin IISADMIN Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service ImapiService Manual Manual Manual Manual
Indexing Service cisvc Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
IPSEC Services PolicyAgent Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
IPv6 Helper Service 6to4 Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Logical Disk Manager dmserver Automatic Manual * Manual * Manual *
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service dmadmin Manual Manual Manual Manual
Message Queuing MSMQ Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Message Queuing Triggers MSMQTriggers Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Messenger Messenger Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider SwPrv Manual Manual Manual Manual
Net Logon Netlogon Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing mnmsrvc Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Network Connections Netman Manual Manual Manual Manual
Network DDE NetDDE Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Network DDE DSDM NetDDEdsdm Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Network Location Awareness (NLA) Nla Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Network Provisioning Service ** xmlprov Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
NT LM Security Support Provider NtLmSsp Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Peer Name Resolution Protocol ** PNRPSvc Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Peer Networking ** p2psvc Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Peer Networking Group Authentication ** p2pgasvc Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Peer Networking Identity Manager ** p2pimsvc Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Performance Logs and Alerts SysmonLog Automatic Manual * Disabled * Disabled *
Plug and Play PlugPlay Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Portable Media Serial Number Service ** WmdmPmSN Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Print Spooler Spooler Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Protected Storage ProtectedStorage Automatic Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
QoS RSVP RSVP Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager RasAuto Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Remote Access Connection Manager RasMan Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager RDSessMgr Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) RpcSs Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator RpcLocator Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Remote Registry RemoteRegistry Automatic Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Removable Storage NtmsSvc Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
RIP Listener Iprip Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Routing and Remote Access RemoteAccess Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Secondary Logon seclogon Automatic Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Security Accounts Manager SamSs Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Security Center ** wscsvc Automatic Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Server lanmanserver Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Shell Hardware Detection ShellHWDetection Automatic Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) SMTPSVC Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Simple TCP/IP Services SimpTcp Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Smart Card SCardSvr Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
SNMP Service SNMP Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
SNMP Trap Service SNMPTRAP Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
SSDP Discovery Service SSDPSRV Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
System Event Notification SENS Automatic Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
System Restore Service srservice Automatic Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Task Scheduler Schedule Automatic Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service LmHosts Automatic Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
TCP/IP Printer Server LPDSVC Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Telephony TapiSrv Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Telnet TlntSvr Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Terminal Services TermService Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Themes Themes Automatic Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Uninterruptible Power Supply UPS Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Universal Plug and Play Device Host upnphost Automatic Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Virtual Disk Service vds Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Volume Shadow Copy VSS Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
WebClient WebClient Automatic Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Audio AudioSrv Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing ** SharedAccess Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) stisvc Automatic Manual * Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Installer MSIServer Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation winmgmt Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension Wmi Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Windows Time W32Time Automatic Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Windows User Mode Driver Framework UMWdf Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service WinHttpAutoProxySvc Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Wireless Zero Configuration WZCSVC Automatic Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
WMI Performance Adapter WmiApSrv Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Workstation lanmanworkstation Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
World Wide Web Publishing ** w3svc Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed