WinXP Optimization

I just recently installed WinXP Home Edition, and I was curious which processes (services) I can get rid of without causing my system to be unstable? I'd like to close all those un-needed, extra services/processes to lighten the load that the OS puts on my memory. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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  1. <A HREF="http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm" target="_new">Windows XP Home and Professional Service Configurations</A>

    This guy tends to go a little overboard with disabling Services, but if you read the information carefully, and keep an eye on your Event Logs after rebooting, you shouldn't haven't any problems deciding which Services are actually needed, and/or which can be set to manual or disabled.

    This is how my list looks:

    Alerter -- Manual
    Application Layer Gateway Service -- Manual
    Application Management -- Manual
    Automatic Updates -- Manual
    Background Intelligent Transfer Service -- Started -- Automatic
    ClipBook -- Manual
    COM+ Event System -- Started -- Manual
    COM + System Application -- Manual
    Computer Browser -- Disabled
    Cryptographic Services -- Started -- Automatic
    DHCP Client -- Started -- Automatic
    Diskeeper -- Manual
    Distributed Link Tracking Client -- Manual
    Distributed Transaction Coordinator -- Manual
    DNS Client -- Started -- Automatic
    Error Reporting Service -- Manual
    Event Log -- Started -- Automatic
    Fast User Switching Compatibility -- Disabled
    Fax Service -- Manual
    Help and Support -- Started -- Automatic
    Human Interface Device Access -- Disabled
    IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service -- Manual
    Indexing Service -- Disabled
    ICF/Internet Connection Sharing -- Manual
    IPSEC Services -- Started -- Automatic
    Logical Disk Manager -- Started -- Automatic
    Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service -- Manual
    Messenger -- Started -- Automatic
    MS Software Shadow Copy Provider -- Manual
    Net Logon -- Manual
    NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing -- Manual
    Network Connections -- Started -- Manual
    Network DDE -- Manual
    Network DDE DSDM -- Manual
    Network Location Awareness -- Started -- Manual
    NT LM Security Support Provider -- Manual
    NVIDIA Driver Helper Service -- Disabled
    Performance Logs and Alerts -- Manual
    Plug and Play -- Started -- Automatic
    Portable Media Serial Number -- Disabled
    Print Spooler -- Started -- Automatic
    Protected Storage -- Started -- Automatic
    QoS RSVP -- Disabled
    Remote Access Auto Connection Manager -- Started -- Manual
    Remote Access Connection Manager -- Started -- Manual
    Remote Desktop Help Session Manager -- Manual
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC) -- Started -- Automatic
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator -- Manual
    Remote Registry -- Disabled
    Removable Storage -- Manual
    Routing and Remote Access -- Disabled
    Secondary Logon -- Manual
    Security Accounts Manager -- Started -- Automatic
    Server -- Started -- Automatic
    Shell Hardware Detection -- Started -- Automatic
    Smart Card -- Manual
    Smart Card Helper -- Manual
    SSDP Discovery Service -- Disabled
    System Event Notification -- Started -- Automatic
    System Restore Service -- Started -- Automatic
    Task Scheduler -- Disabled
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service -- Disabled
    Telephony -- Started -- Manual
    Telnet -- Manual
    Terminal Services -- Started -- Manual
    Themes -- Started -- Automatic
    Uninterruptible Power Supply -- Manual
    Universal Play and Play Device Host -- Disabled
    Upload Manager -- Started -- Automatic
    Volume Shadow Copy -- Manual
    WebClient -- Started -- Automatic
    Windows Audio -- Started -- Automatic
    Windows Image Acquisition -- Manual
    Windows Installer -- Manual
    Windows Management Instrumentation -- Started -- Automatic
    Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions -- Manual
    Windows Time -- Manual
    Wireless Zero Configuration -- Disabled
    WMI Performance Adapter -- Manual
    Workstation -- Started -- Automatic

    In this situation, though, you should realize several things. One, with the Task Scheduler disabled, WinXP prefetching is not operational. I prefer to delete all the items in the Windows\Prefetch folder, and then reboot the system. Afterwards, I launch each frequently used program in the computer several times (including games and third-party software), and reboot two or three times for good measure. Then I disable the Task Scheduler. This seems to give me the best launch and boot speeds with the system. Plus, continuous prefetching can sometimes cause driver conflicts (oddly enough) that I'd rather avoid.

    Fast User Switching is disabled because there is only one person using the system.

    I also have System Restore enabled, which is something of a performance hit, although it is much less than with previous versions, such as was found in WinME. I have found the utility to be far too useful on too many occasions to disable it, although I only have it activated to monitor the system partition that contains the Windows core files, and it is set to use no more than 5% of the free space in the partition. Believe me, it's better to do regular maintenance on the system and periodically create your own manual restore points in WinXP than to completely disable the utility.

    This is a functional configuration for me ... your system may end up being a little different, depending on your work habits.

    Toejam31

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  2. oh, I didn't realize you were blkviper. I've been using your page for a while now whenever I setup a new system. Thanks a lot for all the hard work.

    One goofball thing I did a few weeks ago: I delivered a system to a friend of mine, and when they got it the audio was greyed out, wouldn't work etc. After a lot of investigation, I discovered I had accidentally disabled windows audio. Doh!

    <i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
  3. Actually, no ... that's not me. I just used the title of his page as part of the link. It's edited now to avoid confusion! LOL!

    I know exactly what you mean about doing a goofball thing. I had a friend call me the other day, and he said that he couldn't play MIDI files with his new sound card. They would start to play, but after leaving the computer running for a while, they would cut out. He has a VIA mainboard and a SoundBlaster card, so the first thing that went through my head was moving the card to another PCI slot, installing new chipset drivers, applying latency patches ... maybe even replacing the card. He was pretty upset after the conversation.

    When I got out to his house and took a look, all that was needed was to set up the MS Wavetable Synth for MIDI playback. It took about thirty seconds to see the problem and make the change. As for any other audio files in the system ... the volume control was set to Mute all.

    My buddy has a 8 year old son with a sense of humor. He kept slipping back into the room and muting the control when his father got up to grab a beer or make a pit stop. Just a practical joke. :lol: We were all glad that the solution was simple, but someone nearly got his hide tanned. They both would have been a little "sore" if I had charged for the visit.

    I didn't.

    So much for my doom-and-gloom conversation with my friend, and causing him to massively freak out. Sometimes, you do so much troubleshooting, trying to work through seemingly impossible situations, that it's the simple stuff that gets right past you! :smile:

    ... T

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  4. Thanks a lot for all the information! One of these days I'll have to go through all that! =)
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