Windows 7 Services Guide

Notes
  • Click service name for full detail page on that service, including description, consequences of disabling it, services required for it to run, and services that rely on that service!
  • My configurations are not guaranteed to work with every computer, nor to do everything you want. Read the descriptions and make decisions based on your needs. What I find useless, you may not.
  • Use services.msc to manage services
  • ‘*’ denotes that the process cannot be stopped, or changed from ‘Automatic’ setting
  • Automatic (DS) = Automatic (Delayed Start)
  • .reg scripts for all these configurations are available here
  • This page is updated daily.
  • Any suggestions, corrections, comments? Go to the detail page, and drop a comment.
  • NA indicates that the service is not installed on that version of Win7

Disclaimer: Use this site at your own risk. I am not responsible for damage to your computer, or anything else. This list may change at any time.

Safe: Services that do not affect the user experience in any way. You should not even notice a difference when using these settings, but it is possible. Disables unnecessary services.
Tweaked: Many heavy and most likely unused services have been disabled. This is much lighter than ‘Safe’. Aero disabled, but Themes left alone, as many people will blindly run this without reading what services are gone, and will be surprised/angry to see themes disappear.
Minimal: All services that are not necessary to every day use and windows update have been disabled. Themes is disabled, Aero is disabled, firewall disabled. This assumes you have your OWN firewall/AV software installed!
 
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV)?Manual?Manual...
Adaptive Brightness ?Manual?Manual...
Application Experience?Manual?AutomaticAutomaticManualDisabled
Application Identity?Manual?Manual...
Application Information?Manual?ManualManualManualManual
Application Layer Gateway Service?Manual?ManualManualManualDisabled
Application Management?NA?ManualManualManualDisabled
Background Intelligent Transfer Service?Automatic (DS)?Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)ManualManual
Base Filtering System?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
BitLocker Drive Encryption Service?Manual?Manual...
Block Level Backup Engine Service?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Bluetooth Support Service?Manual?Manual...
BranchCache?NA?Manual...
Certificate Propagation?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
CNG Key Isolation?Manual?ManualManualManualDisabled
COM+ Event System?Automatic?AutomaticManualManualManual
COM+ System Application?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Computer Browser?Automatic?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Credential Manager?Manual?Manual...
Cryptographic Services?Automatic?AutomaticManualManualManual
DCOM Server Process Launcher?Automatic*?Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
DHCP Client?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Diagnostic Policy Service?Automatic?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
Diagnostic Service Host?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Diagnostic System Host?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Disk Defragmenter?Manual?Manual...
Distributed Link Tracking Client?Automatic?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Distributed Transaction Coordinator?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
DNS Client?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Encrypted File System (EFS)?Manual?Manual...
Extensible Authentication Protocol?Manual?ManualManualManualDisabled
Fax ?Manual?ManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Function Discovery Provider Host?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Function Discovery Resource Publication?Automatic?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Group Policy Client?Automatic*?Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
Health Key and Certificate Management?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
HomeGroup Listener?Manual?Manual...
HomeGroup Provider?Manual?Manual...
Human Interface Device Access?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules?Manual?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Interactive Services Detection?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)?Disabled?DisabledManualDisabledDisabled
IP Helper?Automatic?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
IPsec Policy Agent?Manual?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator?Manual?Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)DisabledDisabled
Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Media Center Extender Service?Disabled?Disabled...
Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN?Manual?ManualManualManualManual
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Multimedia Class Scheduler?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service?Disabled?DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Netlogon?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Network Access Protection Agent?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Network Connections?Manual?ManualManualManualDisabled
Network List Service?Automatic?ManualManualManualDisabled
Network Location Awareness?Automatic?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Network Store Interface Service?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Offline Files?NA?AutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
Parental Controls?Manual?ManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Peer Name Resolution Protocol?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Peer Networking Grouping?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Peer Networking Identity Manager?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Performance Counter DLL Host?NA?Manual...
Performance Logs & Alerts?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Plug and Play?Automatic*?Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
PnP-X IP Bus Enumerator?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
PNRP Machine Name Publication Service?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Portable Device Enumerator Service?Manual?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Power?Automatic?Automatic...
Print Spooler?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Program Compatibility Assistant Service?Manual?AutomaticAutomaticManualDisabled
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
Protected Storage?Manual?ManualManualManualDisabled
Quality Windows Audio Video Experience?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Connection Manager?Manual?ManualManualManualDisabled
Remote Desktop Configuration?Manual?Manual...
Remote Desktop Services?Manual?Manual...
Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector?NA?Manual...
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)?Automatic*?Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator?Manual?ManualManualManualDisabled
Remote Registry?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Routing and Remote Access?Disabled?DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
RPC Endpoint Mapper?Automatic?Automatic...
Secondary Logon?Manual?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service?Manual?Manual...
Security Accounts Manager?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Security Center?Automatic (DS)?Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)ManualDisabled
Server?Automatic?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Shell Hardware Detection?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Smart Card?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Smart Card Removal Policy?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
SNMP Trap?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Software Protection?Automatic (DS)?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
SPP Notification Service?Manual?Manual...
SSDP Discovery?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Superfetch?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
System Event Notification Service?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Tablet PC Input Service?Manual?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Task Scheduler?Automatic*?Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper?Automatic?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Telephony?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Terminal Services UserMode Port Redirector?NA?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Themes?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Thread Ordering Server?Manual?ManualManualManualDisabled
TPM Base Services?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
UPnP Device Host?Manual?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
User Profile Service?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Virtual Disk?Manual?ManualManualManualManual
Volume Shadow Copy?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
WebClient?Manual?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Audio?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Audio Endpoint Builder?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Backup?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Biometric Service?Manual?Manual...
Windows CardSpace?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Color System?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Connect Now – Config Registrar?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Defender?Automatic (DS)?AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Windows Driver Foundation – User-mode Driver Framework?Automatic?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Error Reporting Service?Manual?AutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Event Collector?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
Windows Event Log?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows Firewall?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Windows Font Cache Service?Manual?Manual...
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)?Automatic?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Installer?Manual?ManualManualManualManual
Windows Management Instrumentation?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticManualManual
Windows Media Center Receiver Service?Manual?ManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows Media Center Scheduler Service?Manual?ManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service?Automatic (DS)?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Modules Installer?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Search?Automatic (DS)?AutomaticAutomaticManualDisabled
Windows Time?Manual?AutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Windows Update?Automatic (DS)?Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)DisabledManual
WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service?Manual?ManualManualManualManual
Wired AutoConfig?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
WLAN AutoConfig?Automatic?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
WMI Performance Adapter?Manual?ManualManualDisabledDisabled
Workstation?Automatic?AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
WWAN AutoConfig?Manual?Manual...
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