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Introduction

Saturday, October 16, 2004 @ 7:03 PM PST

I have updated my Windows XP Services Configurations and Windows XP Services Information pages to include additional Service Pack 2 information. I still have several more pages to place online before I can call it complete. However, I wanted to provide another update of my findings. All dependencies have been updated and are accurate.

For the most part, Microsoft took 3 years to create a "default" configuration for Windows XP Services that took me only one month to test and post on July 28, 2001. Several services that I previously recommended to be disabled are either gone or disabled by default after the installation of Service Pack 2.

An * (asterisk) indicates changes from Service Pack 1a to Service Pack 2.

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.
  • Service settings are global, meaning changes apply to all users.
  • An "*" (asterisk) indicates changes from Service Pack 1a to Service Pack 2.
  • Additional recommenced configuration settings besides "Safe" is located on the Windows XP Services Configuration page.
  • For an easy method of creating multiple Service Configurations, please check out the Windows XP Services Profile Guide.
  • All of these services are "Standard" with Windows XP after the installation of Service Pack 2. If you discover something other than these listed here running, another program installed them. 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.
  • Before E-Mailing me, see if your question has been addressed in the FAQ!
  • More items about how to speed up your system can be found on the Windows XP Super Tweaks Page!
  • Disabling all of the "unneeded services" frees up 12-70 MB of RAM, depending on system.
  • Do you mean that out of 87 (Home), 96 (Pro) services, 32 (Home), 34 (Pro) are set to Automatic as DEFAULT, but, we MAY only need 6 running?!? YES.
  • Viewing Instructions: If the information is hard to read, please check out your viewing options.
  • Printable Version: A printable version will be posted as soon as all information is updated.

Table Header Information

  • Display Name ~ How it displays in the Services Control Panel.
  • Process Name ~ Name of the Process running in the background (displays in Task Manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del).
  • DEFAULT Home ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows XP Home.
  • DEFAULT Pro ~ What Bill G. thinks should be running on Windows XP Professional.
  • "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 minimizes 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.
  • Power User Configuration ~ This is the power user setup. A great way to test this setup is here. 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. A great way to test this setup is here. 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 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.

Black Viper's Windows XP Home and Professional Service Pack 2 Service Configurations

Display NameProcess NameDEFAULT
Home
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Power UserBare Bones
Alertersvchost.exe *Disabled *Disabled *DisabledDisabledDisabled
Application Layer Gateway Servicealg.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Application Managementsvchost.exeManualManualManualManualManual
Automatic Updatessvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Background Intelligent Transfer Servicesvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
ClipBookclipsrv.exeDisabled *Disabled *DisabledDisabledDisabled
COM+ Event Systemsvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
COM+ System Applicationdllhost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Computer Browsersvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Cryptographic Servicessvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
DCOM Server Process Launcher *svchost.exe *Automatic *Automatic *Automatic *Automatic *Disabled *
DHCP Clientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Distributed Link Tracking Clientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Distributed Transaction Coordinatormsdtc.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
DNS Clientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Error Reporting Servicesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Event Logservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Fast User Switching Compatibilitysvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Fax fxssvc.exe Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
Fax ServiceThis service is renamed to Fax * after the installation of Service Pack 2.
FTP Publishing * inetinfo.exe Not Available Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed Not Installed
FTP Publishing Service * This service is renamed to FTP Publishing * after the installation of Service Pack 2.
Display NameProcess NameDEFAULT
Home
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Power UserBare Bones
HTTP SSL * svchost.exe *Manual *Manual *Manual *Disabled *Disabled *
Help and Supportsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomatic Manual * DisabledDisabled
Human Interface Device Accesssvchost.exeDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
IIS Admininetinfo.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Serviceimapi.exeManualManualManual * DisabledDisabled
Indexing Servicecisvc.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Internet Connection Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing *This service is renamed to Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing * after the installation of Service Pack 2.
IPSEC Serviceslsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic *DisabledDisabled
IPv6 Helper Service *svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Logical Disk Managersvchost.exeManualAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Servicedmadmin.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Message Queuingmqsvc.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Display NameProcess NameDEFAULT
Home
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Power UserBare Bones
Message Queuing Triggersmqtgsvc.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Messengerservices.exeDisabled *Disabled *DisabledDisabledDisabled
MS Software Shadow Copy Providerdllhost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Net Logonlsass.exeManualManual *DisabledDisabledDisabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharingmnmsrvc.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network Connectionssvchost.exeManualManualManualManualDisabled
Network DDEnetdde.exeDisabled *Disabled *DisabledDisabledDisabled
Network DDE DSDMnetdde.exeDisabled *Disabled *DisabledDisabledDisabled
Network Location Awareness (NLA)svchost.exeManualManual Disabled * DisabledDisabled
Network Provisioning Service * svchost.exe *Manual *Manual *Disabled *Disabled *Disabled *
NT LM Security Support Provider lsass.exe Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled
Peer Name Resolution Protocol * svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Peer Networking *svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Peer Networking Group Authentication *svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Peer Networking Identity Manager *svchost.exe *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *Not Installed *
Performance Logs and Alertssmlogsvc.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Plug and Playservices.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Portable Media Serial NumberThis service is renamed to Portable Media Serial Number Service * after the installation of Service Pack 2.
Portable Media Serial Number Service *svchost.exe *Manual *Manual *DisabledDisabledDisabled
Print Spoolerspoolsv.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Protected Storagelsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
QoS RSVPrsvp.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Managersvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Connection Managersvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Remote Desktop Help Session Managersessmgr.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)svchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Display NameProcess NameDEFAULT
Home
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Power UserBare Bones
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locatorlocator.exeManualManualManualManualDisabled
Remote Registry Servicesvchost.exeNot AvailableAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Removable Storagesvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
RIP Listenersvchost.exeNot Installed *Not InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Routing and Remote Accesssvchost.exeDisabledDisabled *DisabledDisabledDisabled
Secondary Logonsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Security Accounts Managerlsass.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Security Center * svchost.exe *Automatic *Automatic * Disabled * Disabled *Disabled *
Serversvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Shell Hardware Detectionsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)inetinfo.exeNot AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Simple TCP/IP Servicestcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Smart CardSCardSvr.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Smart Card Helper *This service has been removed and combined with Smart Card after the installation of Service Pack 2.
SNMP Servicesnmp.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SNMP Trap Servicesnmptrap.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SSDP Discovery Servicesvchost.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
System Event Notificationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
System Restore Servicesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Task Schedulersvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Servicesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Display NameProcess NameDEFAULT
Home
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Power UserBare Bones
TCP/IP Printer Servertcpsvcs.exeNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Telephonysvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Telnettlntsvr.exeNot AvailableManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Terminal Servicessvchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Themessvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Uninterruptible Power Supplyups.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Universal Plug and Play Device Hostsvchost.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Upload Manager *This service is removed after the installation of Service Pack 2.
Volume Shadow Copyvssvc.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
WebClientsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows Audiosvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing *svchost.exe *Automatic *AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)svchost.exeManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Installermsiexec.exeManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Management Instrumentationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensionsvchost.exeNot AvailableManualManualManualDisabled
Windows Timesvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Wireless Zero Configurationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
WMI Performance Adapterwmiapsrv.exeManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Workstationsvchost.exeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
World Wide Web Publishing * inetinfo.exe *Not AvailableNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
World Wide Web Publishing Service *This service is renamed to World Wide Web Publishing * after the installation of Service Pack 2.

An "*" (asterisk) indicates changes from Service Pack 1a to Service Pack 2.