Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Windows XP Services Configuration: Turn Off / Disable Background Services to Improve System Performance

Here are the Steps to Turn Off / Disable Background Services to Improve System Performance

1. Right-click on My Computer icon on desktop and select Manage, it'll open a window, in which go to: Services & Application -> Services. To disable or Set a service to MANUAL, double-click on the service and select the desired option in Startup list box.

2. You can also opSo here is the list of services that can be safely set to MANUAL (Many of them may be disabled automatically on some systems):

  • Alerter
  • Computer Browser
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client (If you have NTFS partition, then don't disable it)
  • Fast User Switching Capability (removes Switch Users option)
  • Indexing service
  • Internet Connection Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing
  • Messenger
  • Remote Registry (Always disable it for Security purposes)
  • Secondary Logon
  • Server
  • System Restore (If you don't use System Restore)
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service (If you are not in a workgroup network)
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • Upload Manager
  • Wireless Zero Configuration

PS: You can see the details of each service so that you can determine whether it should be disabled or not.en the same by going to Administrative Tools and open Computer Management.


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