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ok so this is going to help to improve your computer so much. Its going to stop running a bunch of stupid and useless program XP is allways running for nothing ! GO to RUn and type services.msc ah and then i got lazy...didnt highlight everything ...

Alerter - Notifies selected users and computers of administrative alerts. Normal users won't need this. - Disabled

Application Layer Gateway Service - Enables support for programs that need Internet Connection Sharing. Zonealarm is one such program. If you use a software firewall or a third party plugin that requires internet connection, you will need this service. - Disable

Application Management - You need this service to change/remove software services and program installations. - Manual

Automatic Updates - Windows XP update won't function without this service. If you use Windows Update server, you must have this service set to automatic. This does not mean that Automatic Updates are turned on. This is just the base service. - Disabled


Background Intelligent Transfer
- Enables data transfer from HTTP1.1 servers. Windows Update website may refuse to function if this is disabled. - Disabled

ClipBook - Enable sharing of clipboard information with other computers. Highly unnecessary. - Disabled

COM+ Event System - Base service for System Event Notification. Average users don't need this, but it is useful for advanced users trying to track down an error in their systems. The Event Log will report an error if this service is disabled, don't worry. - Disabled

COM+ System Application - Used in conjunction with COM+ Event System service. If you have disabled that one, this service is useless. - Disabled


Computer Browser
- Provides a list of computers in your network. Unless your machine is a part of a separate network system (such as in your office on-campus or a home network of several machines) you won't need this. - Disabled

Cryptographic Services - Used to check certifications of Windows drivers. If you have this service disabled, you will end up getting frustrating amounts of uncertified driver warnings and Windows Update may refuse to launch. - Automatic


DHCP Client
- Connects to your DHCP server and obtains a Dynamic IP address. Internet Connection Sharing systems need this. If your machine uses a static IP or is a standalone system, you may disable this service.- Automatic

Distributed Link Tracking Client - Keeps the links of NTFS files on your machine and NTFS files in your domain intact. Pretty much useless unless you use active links to files on other machines in your local area network (who does?). - Disabled


Distributed Transaction Coordinator
- Manages the transactions with files on several different sources. Required only if you use Message Queuing (MSMQ) service. - Disabled

DNS Client - Service used to resolve DNS names and use domain controller functions. If you are using IP Security Policy service (IPSEC), keep this, otherwise disable it. - Disabled

Error Reporting Service - Service to report application errors to Microsoft. Sounds way more useful than it actually is. Don't waste your resources on this one. - Disabled

Event Log - Provides access to application messages in Event Viewer. This one's useful if you'd like to figure out what is going on during the startup process of XP. This process is also a requirement for Windows Management Instrumentation service. - Disabled

Fast User Switching Compatibility - If you share the same machine with multiple users, this process will enable user switching without logging out. Not recommended unless there is a queue of family members behind you waiting to check their emails. - Disabled

Fax Service - This one is not installed by default. It's available on the XP installation CD. Install it only if you need it. - Disabled


Help and Support
Your key to Microsoft online help documentation. If you disable this one you will end up getting numerous warnings and errors whenever you try to do anything remotely connected to the Microsoft online help system. Save yourself some headache and leave it on. Disabled


HTTP SSL
Coming with Service Pack 2, this is the service for secure hypertext transfer protocol (HTTPS) using Secure Socket Layer (SSL)technology. If disabled this will cause SSL dependent services/applications fail. Automatic

Human Interface Device (HID) Access Enables access to several peripheral devices including but not limited to USB devices, such as USB mice, USB keyboards, etc. Disabled

IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service If you are using the drag and drop CD burning feature of Windows XP, keep this on. Not necessary if you do all your burning through third party applications. Disabled

Indexing Service Claimed to be very helpful for local searches but for that it consumes a HUGE amount of resources. This is the very first service to be disabled or even removed from the machine (via the Add/Remove Programs -> Add/Remove Windows Components in the Control Panel). DISABLED

Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) Small changes with SP2, as this one is now listed as Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Windows Firewall and Internet Connection Sharing Service. You need this if you are utilizing services that require this service running. If you use another firewall and don't need ICS service you may try to disable this. Just like Automatic Updates, running this service does not necessarily mean that the Windows Firewall is active. I'd recommend to keep this on even if you don't use the Firewall. Automatic

Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) See above. Allows all computers on your local network to access the Internet via a single account. see above


IPSEC Services
IP Security Protocol. Required for some advanced user services. If you don't know what IP security protocol is good for, you don't need this service. Disabled

Logical Disk Manager If you are dealing with dynamic volumes, you need this to open the Disk Management MMC console. Disabled

Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service Part of the service above. Disabled

Message Queuing This is not installed by default. Finds very limited usage in hands of a normal user. I say disable. If you absolutely need this service, you will have to start a couple of other services required for this one (like Distributed Transaction Coordinator service). User discretion

Message Queuing Triggers If you use Message Queuing service, you will need this one too. see above

Messenger This one's often confused with MSN Messenger. This is NOT MSN MESSENGER service. This one merely sends messages between clients and servers. Chances are you won't EVER need this one. Then again, if you uninstall the application XP will bug you, so just disable and forget about it. Disabled


MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
Backup Service utilizes this one. If you use Volume Shadow Copy Service, enable this one too. If you disable this one you may see a warning in the Event Log, never mind that. Disabled

Net Logon Service to log on to a Domain Controller. Useless if your machine is not part of a domain (such as student machines domain at a college). Disabled

NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Allows remote access to your computer using NetMeeting. Unless you really need this, don't activate this service. Disabled


Network Connections
Service to network connectivity management. Not used in a standalone machine. If you do not mess with network settings often you can disable this one (you will have to remember to turn it back on if you need to change the smallest something pretaining to network settings). Won't hurt to leave it on though. Automatic


Network DDE
Part of ClipBook service, hence useless as well. Disabled

Network DDE DSDM Ditto. Disabled

Network Location Awareness (NLA) Not needed unless your machine is the server that runs the Internet Connection Sharing Service in your network. Disabled

NT LM Security Support Provider
Use this only if your machine is a Message Queuing Server or a Telnet server. Otherwise disable. Disabled
Nvidia Driver Helper Service Now, this one's not a native XP service but since there are many users that have problems with this service I decided to add it here. If your system has an Nvidia 3-D graphics card installed you will find this one among your services. If you experience system hangs during shutdowns or shutdowns taking minutes, this service is most probably the culprit. Doesn't matter what anyone else claims, YOU DON'T NEED THIS. Disabled

Performance Logs and Alerts Service that collects performance data on a set schedule and logs the information. It can invoke alerts if set to do so. Useful for a few people. I am not among them. Disabled

Plug and Play If there are a handful of services that you should NOT disable, this is one of them. If you choose to do so, you can still disable this but Windows XP will be clueless most of the time thereafter. Leave this on Automatic. Automatic

Portable Media Serial Number If you connect a portable media device (read: music player) to your machine, this service logs its serial number. That way you will end up owning a nice list of numbers to look at and wonder, why? Disabled

Print Spooler Used for print queuing. If you have a printer installed in Windows XP (local or network) set this to Automatic. Automatic

Protected Storage This service saves local passwords and AutoComplete entries. If you want your passwords saved in applications, so you won't have to type them again (e.g. Dialup Network dialog) use this service. The information is secure but if you're a security freak better leave this alone. Automatic


QoS RSVP
QoS packet driver service for controlling the traffic on a network. The network must use IPSEC protocol and run applications that support QoS, plus have an adapter that supports it. Hopefully you got it by now: YOU DON'T NEED THIS unless absolutely necessary. For some odd reason this service is installed by default if you setup any TCP/IP connection. So, you have this running. Disable it. Disabled


Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
If a program asks for a remote address this service connects your machine to the requested network automatically. Normally you don't need this. If an application complains about not being able to connect to some network, enable this. Otherwise you can keep it disabled. Manual would be a good choice here


Remote Access Connection Manager
Used in conjunction with the service above to create a network connection. This service is required if you use Internet Connection Sharing. If you lose your internet connectivity when you disable this service, turn it back on. Otherwise you may leave it disabled. Manual would be a good starting point

Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Remote Assistance tasks need this service to function properly. If you do not use remote help, disable it. Disabled

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) If there is one service that you MUST have, this is it. It's the heart of XP and pretty much everything depends on this service. That's the main reason why you cannot disable it here. If you want to disable this one, uninstall Windows XP while you're at it, cuz it won't function without this service anyway. Automatic. DON'T TOUCH IT!

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Service for the RPC name service database. Part of the RPC family, meaning leave it on Automatic. Look somewhere else if you have to disable a service. Automatic

Remote Registry Service If for some reason you want someone to gain access to your local registry, this is the service you need to get running. That also leaves your machine 100% vulnerable. Disable it. Disabled

Removable Storage You may disable this service if you do not use
removable storage devices. Disable

RIP Listener This is another service that is not installed by default. RIP is Routing Information Protocol, which teaches your machine different routes on a network. Unless you are a system admin that needs different access routes in a specific network, you don't need this. User discretion


Routing and Remote Access
Use this to allow routing services to local area works and wide area networks. Activate if necessary. Disabled


Secondary Logon
Service necessary to start processes under alternate credentials. Could never find a good use for this one. Disabled

Security Accounts Manager Stores security information for local users (see also Protected Storage). IIS Admins need this one, normal users don't. Disabled


Server
Service to enable file and print sharing from your computer. Message Queuing needs this service too. If you only need access other machines on your local network, Workstation service will be sufficient. Activate this if you want your machine to serve files to others or if the printer is physically connected to your machine. Automatic

Shell Hardware Detection Manages the Autoplay function. This is especially good when you connect an external card reader or a USB storage device to access the files inside. Automatic

Smart Card Enables Smart Card authentication of a local or network computer. Not needed unless you use a Smart Card to accomplish that task. Disabled

Smart Card Helper No Smart Card, no Helper service. Period. Disabled

SNMP Service Another service not installed by default. If you happen to possess a networking equipment that uses SNMP as a mode of management you will find a use for this service. User discretion

SNMP Trap Service Part of the service above. Not installed by default. see above

SSDP Discovery Service Used in conjunction with Universal Plug and Play Device Host. This service detects and configures UPnP devices on your network over TCP/IP. Normally you won't find much use for this one. Disabled

System Event Notification If you use COM+ Event System activate this service to obtain a list of system events. If you notice warnings in the Event Log due to disabling this service, do not worry. Normally you do not need this service. Disabled

System Restore Service This service creates restore points. If this service is on, and you use it to create a restore point, you can go back to that point anytime. It's a good idea to use this service when experimenting with the Services. Be aware though that System Restore Service is a close second to
Indexing Service when it comes to consuming resources. If you are not in the habit of taking unnecessary risks with your XP system , you may very well live with this service disabled. Then again, the fact that you're reading this list warrants the use of this service Disabled but only if you are okay with that

Task Scheduler Service to setup automated tasks at scheduled times. Needed if you use programs that perform regular automatic updates. Disabled

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service Legacy support for networks using NetBios over TCP/IP. It's unlikely that you will need this one. However if your network specifically uses NetBios, this will be the service needed. Disabled

TCP/IP Printer Not installed by default. The purpose of this service is to create and setup a local UNIX print server. User discretion


Telephony
Provides Telephony API support for telephony devices on the local computer. Required for dial-up modem connectivity. If you are using another method for connection (ADSL, Cable Modem, T1 etc), disable it. Disabled, Automatic if you use dialup

Telnet Makes your machine a telnet server and allows others to connect to and run programs on your machine. Not needed. Disabled

Terminal Services Service to manage remote logins to your machine. You need this service if you use Fast User Switching, Remote Desktop, and Remote Assistance. Disabled

Themes Manages the look of Windows XP. If you are like me, who wants to keep the old 98 look, disable it. If you like the new desktop themes, annoyingly candybar-ish menus and colored taskbar etc, keep this on Automatic. Disabled, Automatic if you love the new XP look

Uninterruptible Power Supply If you own a UPS, you need this. Otherwise disable. Disabled

Universal Plug and Play Device Host Used in parallel with the SSDP Discovery Service, this service is used to setup and configure Universal PnP devices on your network. This has nothing to do with the PnP service. You can very well disable this one whereas YOU SHOULD NOT DISABLE the PnP service. Disabled

Volume Shadow Copy Part of the MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Service. Backup function uses these services. You can safely disable this one if you use another backup option. Disabled

WebClient Enables Windows programs create/access/modify web-based files. You accessing those files means someone else might access your machine as well. In other words, this service will leave your machine more vulnerable to web-based attacks. - Disabled

Windows Audio Backbone of the Windows sound system. If you disable this you won't hear any sounds. Keep on Automatic. Automatic


Windows Image Acquisition
(WIA) Used to acquire images from scanners and cameras. Most programs have their own routines to do this but if you need to access the scanner directly from Windows XP, use this service. Manual

Windows Installer Required for all installations through MSI files. MSI is the file type that the Windows Installer uses. Office application is a good example of an MSI file. A great number of third party applications use MS Installer, so you will need this. Automatic

Windows Management Instrumentation Activates the dependencies in service configurations. Disabling this may cause some serious headache. Automatic


Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension
Retrieves Windows Management Instrumentation information from removable devices. Accompanies WMI service. If you use the previous one, activate this one too. Automatic


Windows Service Pack Installer
update service Enables Windows update to finish up the post-reboot tasks. - Disabled

Windows Time Date and time synchronization service for all machines on a network. Neat idea although I never really found it that useful. Disabled

Wireless Zero Configuration Automatic configuration for 802.11 (b, g, and a) wireless network devices. If you have one of those, use this service, otherwise disable it. Disabled


WMI Performance Adapter
Provides access to the performance library information from WMI providers. Absolutely useless. Disabled

Workstation Service used in conjunction with Server service. Use this to connect your computer to a remote computer. File and Print Sharing depends on this service. Unless you have a standalone machine, leave this one on Automatic. Disabled


World Wide Web Publishing Service
Last but not least another service not installed by default. Service to setup a local web server on your machine. Disabled
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Wow man you own, now my services are really cleaned up!

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i guess nobody cares about how xp runs a bunch of programs that consederably slow down your computer. I disabled a bunch of stuff and theres a big difference !!!
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These are my setting and everything runs well. I Disabled some more services compared to the list ! Enjoy !
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Ok a warning to people who use a TV tuner like myself do NOT disable these or it will cause the TV tuner to fail to start... Also a tweak... set them to automatic and the TV Tuner seems to work better in media center 2005...



EDIT: Something caused my PC to restart! And windows takes ages to load! What the hell is with these tweaks im going though them again now...
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Ok something has wreaked my system is unstable now what the hell
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you guys have to read each one and see if you can disabled it. If you not sure then put it to manual and reboot if it start then leave it like that or put it to automatic. Manual is better because it will only start it if it need it !
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When its set to menual this means that XP will only use that service when required as when you have it enabled it will always be started up as soon as Windows XP loads....i have all ther services which are safe to turn off it in my second optimizer guid..they are not all listed as i have only reccomended the one you can just pretty much remove.
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