Originally Posted by phazer11
Cool what did you do? I've been trying to streamline mine as well
This is a loaded question, so I'll try to stick to the basics without detailing what I disable, what I leave enabled, etc. etc. I'll try to explain how I arrived at my current configuration so that you can customize your system to your usage habits.
First, I have been utilizing Black Viper's Service Configurations page since the days of Windows XP (prior to the service packs). So of course, I used his current guide for Windows 7:
What I do is I go through each service one by one like this:
- On his page, I click the service name to read more about it (for example, here's the first service)
- If he has something to say about it in his own words, then it's under the "Additional Information" heading. If there's something there to read, then I read it to make it easier to make my own decision about what setting I want to use for the service.
- If there's nothing under "Additional Information", then I'll depend on the Default Description as well as the Dependencies (however, I always review these anyway).
- I'll also review the Default Startup Type which can assist me in my decision at times
The result is that I either leave the setting alone, or I change it to either Manual or Disabled.
I repeat the above routine for each service until I go through all of them. I usually end up with about 15 less processes according to Task Manager (I go by the number on the bottom-left corner of the window).
Another thing I do is I review his Windows 7 Super Tweaks
page. This can help me further streamline Windows 7 after installation.
I also Google anything left in the Processes tab in Task Manager that I want to know more about. The result is that I tend to find new things I can disable, many of which I learn that I can just disable in the associated program's GUI.
I also check these three Registry keys and I even Google anything I'm not sure about. The idea is to delete any entries in these keys that are useless (of which there can be many):
Of course, I also turn off any Windows Features I don't need:
When I'm all done, I make a "custom Registry tool" for my Services using this:
(just in case you're wondering, I never use msconfig)