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Notes for a happier Computer and User

  • Before disabling ANY service, check out the information I have about each service by clicking on the name.
  • Service settings are global, meaning changes apply to all users.
  • Only disable a few services at a time to avoid changing "50" settings and trying to figure out "what broke it." It is also VERY difficult for me to figure out how you broke your system if you disable everything at one time.
  • Still unsure? Put your setting to "manual" or the listing under "Safe." Manual allows Windows 2000 to start the service when it needs to (or when ever it feels like it), but not at boot up. NOTE: 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 find this page helpful and you wish to use this information (forums, web sites), please link directly back to this page and do not copy or redistribute it. The information is updated often and I do not want anyone posting old content.
  • All of these services are "Standard" with Windows 2000 Pro and Server using Service Pack 4. If you discover something other than these listed here running, they were installed by another program. I have listed a few of the more common ones for Windows XP. Most, if not all, are valid for Windows 2000, also. View the Info HERE!
  • Disabling all of the "unneeded services" frees up 12-70 MB of RAM, depending on system.
  • Viewing Instructions: If the table is hard to read, download the PDF file below or please check out your viewing options.
  • Printable Version: Includes this HTML page, Windows 2000 Services Information and several strange processes.

Table Header Information

  • Display Name ~ is how it is displayed in the Services Control Panel
  • Process Name ~ name of the Process running in the background (displays in Task Manager by hitting Ctrl+Shift+Esc).
  • Dependencies ~ describe what services this service needs for proper functionality.
  • DEFAULT Server ~ this is what runs by default on Windows 2000 Server.
  • DEFAULT Pro ~ this is what runs by default on Windows 2000 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 this scares you, this configuration would be a good starting point. Note: This is not for Windows 2000 Server in a corporate environment. Every network is different. Only you can decide what you need.
  • Internet Gateway Configuration ~ setup to allow multiple computers on a network to share one access point using Microsoft's "Internet Connection Sharing" software. If you do not have this type of setup, compare the differences between "SAFE" and "GAMING" to find a middle ground that works for your system. Other software or hardware type firewall and gateway software may require a slightly different configuration.
  • Gaming Configuration ~ this is the power user setup. 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 DSL/cable connections. Try "Internet Gateway" Configuration first.
  • Super Tweak Configuration ~ this is the Super Geek setup. 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 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 may display "errors" of not being able to start certain services. 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 2000 Professional and Server Service Configurations

Display NameProcess NameDependenciesDEFAULT
Server
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Internet GatewayGaming SystemSuper Tweak
Alerterservices.exeWorkstationAutomaticManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Application Management services.exe None Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Automatic Updates svchost.exe None Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Background Intelligent Transfer Service svchost.exe System Event Notification, Remote Procedure Call (RPC), Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension, Workstation Manual Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Boot Information Negotiation Layertcpsvcs.exeServerNot InstalledNot Available
ClipBookclipsrv.exeNetwork DDEManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
COM+ Event System svchost.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)ManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Computer Browserservices.exeServer, WorkstationAutomaticAutomatic Disabled AutomaticDisabledDisabled
DHCP Client services.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled DisabledDisabled
DHCP Server tcpsvcs.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC), Security Accounts ManagerNot InstalledNot Available
Distributed File SystemDfssvc.exeServer, WorkstationAutomaticNot Available
Distributed Link Tracking Clientservices.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)AutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Distributed Link Tracking Serverservices.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)ManualNot Available
Distributed Transaction Coordinatormsdtc.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC), Security Accounts ManagerAutomaticManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
DNS Client services.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
DNS Server dns.exeNT LM Security Support Provider, Remote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot Available
Event Logservices.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Fax Servicefaxsvc.exePlug and Play, Print Spooler, Remote Procedure Call (RPC), TelephonyManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
File Replicationntfrs.exeEvent Log, Remote Procedure Call (RPC)ManualNot Available
FTP Publishing Serviceinetinfo.exeIIS Admin ServiceNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
IIS Admin Serviceinetinfo.exeProtected Storage, Remote Procedure Call (RPC)AutomaticNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Indexing Servicecisvc.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)ManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Display NameProcess NameDependenciesDEFAULT
Server
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Internet GatewayGaming SystemSuper Tweak
Internet Authentication Servicesvchost.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot Available
Internet Connection Sharingsvchost.exeRemote Access Connection ManagerManualManualManualAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Intersite Messagingismserv.exeSecurity Accounts ManagerDisabledNot Available
IPSEC Policy Agentlsass.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)AutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Kerberos Key Distribution Centerlsass.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)DisabledNot Available
License Logging Servicellssrv.exeNoneAutomaticNot Available
Logical Disk Managerservices.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service dmadmin.exe None Manual Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled
Message Queuingmqsvc.exeDistributed Transaction Coordinator, NT LM Security Support Provider, Protected Storage, Remote Procedure Call (RPC), Security Accounts Manager, ServerNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Messengerservices.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC), WorkstationAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Net Logon lsass.exeWorkstationManualManual Disabled DisabledDisabledDisabled
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharingmnmsrvc.exeNoneManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network Connectionssvchost.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)ManualManualAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabled
Network DDEnetdde.exeNetwork DDE DSDMManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network DDE DSDMnetdde.exeNoneManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Network News Transport Protocol (NNTP)inetinfo.exeIIS Admin ServiceNot InstalledNot Available
NT LM Security Support Providerlsass.exeNoneManualManualManual Manual DisabledDisabled
On-line Presentation Broadcastnslservice.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot Available
Performance Logs and Alertssmlogsvc.exeNoneManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Plug and Playservices.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Display NameProcess NameDependenciesDEFAULT
Server
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Internet GatewayGaming SystemSuper Tweak
Print Server for Macintochsfmprint.exePrint SpoolerNot InstalledNot Available
Print Spoolerspoolsv.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Protected Storageservices.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)AutomaticAutomatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled
QoS RSVPrsvp.exeNoneManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Managersvchost.exeRemote Access Connection Manager, TelephonyManualManual Manual AutomaticDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Connection Managersvchost.exeTelephonyManualManual Manual AutomaticDisabledDisabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)svchost.exeNone (but everything depends on it)AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locatorlocator.exeWorkstationManualManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Remote Registry Serviceregsvc.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Remote Storage EngineRsEng.exeEvent Log, Remote Procedure Call (RPC), Remote Storage File, Remote Storage Media, Task SchedulerNot InstalledNot Available
Remote Storage FileRsFsa.exeEvent Log, Remote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot Available
Remote Storage MediaRsSub.exeEvent Log, Remote Procedure Call (RPC), Removable StorageNot InstalledNot Available
Remote Storage NotificationRsFsa.exeEvent Log, Remote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot Available
Removable Storagesvchost.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)AutomaticAutomatic Disabled DisabledDisabledDisabled
RIP Listenersvchost.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Routing and Remote Accesssvchost.exeNetBIOSGroup, Remote Procedure Call (RPC) DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
RunAs Serviceservices.exeNoneAutomaticAutomatic Disabled DisabledDisabledDisabled
Security Accounts Managerlsass.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Serverservices.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic DisabledDisabled
Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)inetinfo.exeIIS Admin ServiceAutomaticNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Display NameProcess NameDependenciesDEFAULT
Server
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Internet GatewayGaming SystemSuper Tweak
Simple TCP/IP Services tcpsvcs.exeNoneNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Single Instance Storage Grovelergrovel.exeNoneNot InstalledNot Available
Site Server ILS Serviceinetinfo.exeIIS Admin ServiceNot InstalledNot Available
Smart CardSCardSvr.exePlug and PlayManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Smart Card HelperSCardSvr.exeNoneManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
SNMP Servicesnmp.exeEvent LogNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
SNMP Trap Servicesnmptrap.exeEvent LogNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
System Event Notificationsvchost.exeCOM+ Event SystemAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic AutomaticDisabledDisabled
Task SchedulerMSTask.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)AutomaticAutomatic Automatic AutomaticDisabledDisabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service services.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
TCP/IP Print Server tcpsvcs.exePrint SpoolerNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed
Telephonysvchost.exePlug and Play, Remote Procedure Call (RPC)ManualManual Manual ManualDisabledDisabled
Telnettlntsvr.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)ManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Terminal Servicestermsrv.exeNoneDisabledNot Available
Terminal Services Licensinglserver.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot Available
Trivial FTP Daemontftpd.exeNoneNot InstalledNot Available
Uninterruptible Power Supplyups.exeNoneManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Utility ManagerUtilMan.exeNoneManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows Installermsiexec.exeNoneManualManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)wins.exeNT LM Security Support Provider, Remote Procedure Call (RPC), Security Accounts ManagerNot InstalledNot Available
Display NameProcess NameDependenciesDEFAULT
Server
DEFAULT
Pro
"SAFE"Internet GatewayGaming SystemSuper Tweak
Windows Management InstrumentationWinMgmt.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)ManualManual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensionservices.exeNoneManualManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Media Monitor Servicenspmon.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot Available
Windows Media Program Servicenspm.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC), Windows Media Station ServiceNot InstalledNot Available
Windows Media Station Servicenscm.exeRemote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot Available
Windows Media Unicast Servicensum.exeNT LM Security Support Provider, Remote Procedure Call (RPC)Not InstalledNot Available
Windows Timeservices.exeNoneManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Wireless Configuration svchost.exe Protected Storage, Remote Procedure Call (RPC), Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension Manual Manual Disabled Disabled Disabled Disabled
Workstationservices.exeNoneAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
World Wide Web Publishing Serviceinetinfo.exeIIS Admin ServiceAutomaticNot InstalledNot InstalledNot InstalledNot Installed

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