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

Introduction

This information is valid for all versions of XP x86 (32-bit) running Service Pack 0 (Retail).

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Please note: this information is no longer updated.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

  • Please note: this information is no longer updated. Please take that fact into consideration when reviewing this information.
  • 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.
  • All of these services are “Standard” with Windows XP. 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.
  • 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 Pro ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows XP Professional.
  • “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 Home DEFAULT Pro "SAFE" Power User Bare-bones
Alerter svchost.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Application Layer Gateway Service alg.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Application Management svchost.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Automatic Updates svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Background Intelligent Transfer Service svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
ClipBook clipsrv.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
COM+ Event System svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
COM+ System Application dllhost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Computer Browser svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled
Cryptographic Services svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
DHCP Client svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled
Distributed Link Tracking Client svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Manual Disabled Disabled
Distributed Transaction Coordinator msdtc.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
DNS Client svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Error Reporting Service svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled Disabled
Event Log services.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Fast User Switching Compatibility svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Fax Service fxssvc.exe Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
FTP Publishing Service inetinfo.exe Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Help and Support svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Manual Disabled Disabled
Human Interface Device Access svchost.exe Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
IIS Admin inetinfo.exe Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service imapi.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Indexing Service cisvc.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Internet Connection Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing svchost.exe Manual Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
IPSEC Services lsass.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Logical Disk Manager svchost.exe Manual Automatic Manual Disabled Disabled
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service dmadmin.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Message Queuing mqsvc.exe Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Message Queuing Triggers mqtgsvc.exe Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Messenger services.exe Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled Disabled
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider dllhost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Net Logon lsass.exe Manual Automatic Disabled Disabled Disabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing mnmsrvc.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Network Connections svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Network DDE netdde.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Network DDE DSDM netdde.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA) svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled
NT LM Security Support Provider lsass.exe Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled
Performance Logs and Alerts smlogsvc.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Plug and Play services.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Portable Media Serial Number svchost.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Print Spooler spoolsv.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled
Protected Storage lsass.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
QoS RSVP rsvp.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Remote Access Connection Manager svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager sessmgr.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator locator.exe Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled
Remote Registry svchost.exe Not Available Automatic Disabled Disabled Disabled
Removable Storage svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
RIP Listener svchost.exe Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Routing and Remote Access svchost.exe Disabled Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Secondary Logon svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled Disabled
Security Accounts Manager lsass.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Server svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled
Shell Hardware Detection svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) inetinfo.exe Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Simple TCP/IP Services tcpsvcs.exe Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Smart Card SCardSvr.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Smart Card Helper SCardSvr.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
SNMP Service snmp.exe Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
SNMP Trap Service snmptrap.exe Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
SSDP Discovery Service svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
System Event Notification svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
System Restore Service svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Task Scheduler svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled Disabled
TCP/IP Printer Server tcpsvcs.exe Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Telephony svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Telnet tlntsvr.exe Not Available Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Terminal Services svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Themes svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Uninterruptible Power Supply ups.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Universal Plug and Play Device Host svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Volume Shadow Copy vssvc.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
WebClient svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled Disabled
Windows Audio svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) svchost.exe Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Windows Installer msiexec.exe Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension svchost.exe Not Available Manual Manual Manual Disabled
Windows Time svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled Disabled
Wireless Zero Configuration svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
WMI Performance Adapter wmiapsrv.exe Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Workstation svchost.exe Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
World Wide Web Publishing Service inetinfo.exe Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed