Speed Tweak: Disable Unnecessary Services

How do I strip windows down to be faster on my laptop? – James M.

This is really kind of a loaded question. It’s highly dependent upon what you mean when you say “strip down”. My basic response to this would be to disable unnecessary services and removed unneeded components.

As you may well know, you can set the default status of all services in Windows by using the Services MMC snap-in. You can enter services.msc into the Run… dialog box to get started.

Right-clicking each services and choosing Properties… will give you an option to change it’s default startup behavior. Just use the table below for the most appropriate settings for the default services provided by Microsoft in Windows XP. They are separated by startup type.

Recommended Windows XP Home/Pro Services Settings

Automatic Startup
  • Automatic Updates
  • Cryptographic Services
  • Internet Connection Firewall (ICF)
  • Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Manual Startup
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service
  • Error Reporting Service
  • Intel File Transfer
  • Intel PDS
  • SSDP Discovery Service
  • Universal Plug and Play
  • Upload Manager
  • WebClient
Disabled
  • FTP Publishing Service
  • IIS Admin
  • Messenger
  • Net Logon
  • NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
  • Remote Registry Service
  • Routing and Remote Access
  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
  • Simple TCP/IP Services
  • SNMP Service
  • SNMP Trap Service
  • TCP/IP Printer Service
  • Telnet
  • World Wide Web Publishing Service

Of course, you may have other third-party services installed as well. Those will need to be set according to your needs. You may also find that you need to change some of these settings as well, but this should give you a pretty good start.

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