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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.

Please note, this information is no longer updated.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 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.
  • 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.
  • “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

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default.

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

Display
Name
Service Name
(Registry)
DEFAULT Home DEFAULT MCE 2005 DEFAULT Pro DEFAULT Tablet PC Edition 2005 "SAFE" Tweaked Bare-bones
Alerter Alerter Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Application Layer Gateway Service ALG Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Manual Disabled *
Application Management AppMgmt Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Automatic Updates wuauserv Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Background Intelligent Transfer Service BITS Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
ClipBook ClipSrv Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
COM+ Event System EventSystem Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Manual Disabled *
COM+ System Application COMSysApp Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Computer Browser Browser Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic (Not Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Cryptographic Services CryptSvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
DCOM Server Process Launcher DcomLaunch Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
DHCP Client Dhcp Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Distributed Link Tracking Client TrkWks Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Manual * Manual * Disabled *
Distributed Transaction Coordinator MSDTC Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
DNS Client Dnscache Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Error Reporting Service ERSvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Event Log Eventlog Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Extensible Authentication Protocol Service ** EapHost Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Fast User Switching Compatibility FastUserSwitchingCompatibility Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Fax Fax Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
FTP Publishing MSFtpsvc Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Health Key and Certificate Management Service ** hkmsvc Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Help and Support helpsvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Manual * Disabled * Disabled *
HTTP SSL HTTPFilter Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Manual (Started) Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Human Interface Device Access HidServ Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
IIS Admin IISADMIN Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service ImapiService Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Indexing Service cisvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
IPSEC Services PolicyAgent Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
IPv6 Helper Service 6to4 Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Logical Disk Manager dmserver Manual Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Manual * Manual * Disabled *
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service dmadmin Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Media Center Receiver Service ehRecvr Not Available Automatic (Started) Not Available Not Available Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Media Center Scheduler Service ehSched Not Available Automatic (Started) Not Available Not Available Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Message Queuing MSMQ Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Message Queuing Triggers MSMQTriggers Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Messenger Messenger Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
MHN MHN Not Available Manual Not Available Not Available Manual Disabled * Disabled *
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider SwPrv Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Net Logon Netlogon Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing mnmsrvc Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Network Access Protection Agent ** napagent Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Network Connections Netman Manual (Started) Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Network DDE NetDDE Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Network DDE DSDM NetDDEdsdm Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA) Nla Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Manual Disabled *
Network Provisioning Service xmlprov Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
NT LM Security Support Provider NtLmSsp Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Peer Name Resolution Protocol PNRPSvc Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Peer Networking p2psvc Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Peer Networking Group Authentication p2pgasvc Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Peer Networking Identity Manager p2pimsvc Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Performance Logs and Alerts SysmonLog Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Plug and Play PlugPlay Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Portable Media Serial Number Service WmdmPmSN Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Print Spooler Spooler Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Protected Storage ProtectedStorage Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
QoS RSVP RSVP Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager RasAuto Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Remote Access Connection Manager RasMan Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager RDSessMgr Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) RpcSs Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator RpcLocator Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Remote Registry RemoteRegistry Not Available Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Removable Storage NtmsSvc Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
RIP Listener Iprip Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Routing and Remote Access RemoteAccess Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Secondary Logon seclogon Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Security Accounts Manager SamSs Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Security Center wscsvc Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Server lanmanserver Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Shell Hardware Detection ShellHWDetection Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) SMTPSVC Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Simple TCP/IP Services SimpTcp Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Smart Card SCardSvr Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
SNMP Service SNMP Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
SNMP Trap Service SNMPTRAP Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
SSDP Discovery Service SSDPSRV Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Disabled * Disabled *
System Event Notification SENS Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
System Restore Service srservice Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Task Scheduler Schedule Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service LmHosts Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
TCP/IP Printer Server LPDSVC Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Telephony TapiSrv Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Telnet TlntSvr Not Available Disabled Manual Disabled Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Terminal Services TermService Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual (Started) Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Themes Themes Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
Uninterruptible Power Supply UPS Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Universal Plug and Play Device Host upnphost Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Volume Shadow Copy VSS Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
WebClient WebClient Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Audio AudioSrv Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing SharedAccess Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Disabled *
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) stisvc Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Windows Installer MSIServer Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation winmgmt Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension Wmi Not Available Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled *
Windows Time W32Time Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Wired AutoConfig ** Dot3svc Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled *
Wireless Zero Configuration WZCSVC Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Disabled * Disabled *
WMI Performance Adapter WmiApSrv Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled * Disabled * Disabled *
Workstation lanmanworkstation Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started) Automatic Automatic Automatic
World Wide Web Publishing w3svc Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from the default.

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