Windows Vista 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 Vista

 

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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
Application ExperienceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabled
Application InformationManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Application Layer Gateway ServiceManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Application ManagementNANAManualManualManualManualDisabled
Background Intelligent Transfer ServiceAutomatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)ManualManual
Base Filtering SystemAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Block Level Backup Engine ServiceNANAManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Certificate PropagationManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
CNG Key IsolationManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
COM+ Event SystemManualAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualManualManual
COM+ System ApplicationManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Computer BrowserAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Cryptographic ServicesAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualManualManual
DCOM Server Process LauncherAutomatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
Desktop Window Manager Session ManagerAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
DFS ReplicationManualManualManualAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
DHCP ClientAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Diagnostic Policy ServiceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Diagnostic Service HostManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Diagnostic System HostManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Distributed Link Tracking ClientAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Distributed Transaction CoordinatorManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
DNS ClientAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Extensible Authentication ProtocolManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
Fax NANAManualManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Function Discovery Provider HostManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Function Discovery Resource PublicationManualManualManualAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Group Policy ClientAutomatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
Health Key and Certificate ManagementManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Human Interface Device AccessManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
IKE and AuthIP Ipsec Keying ModulesAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Interactive Services DetectionManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)DisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledManualDisabledDisabled
IP HelperAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
IPsec Policy AgentAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
KtmRm for Distributed Transaction CoordinatorAutomatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)DisabledDisabled
Link-Layer Topology Discovery MapperManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Microsoft .NET Framework NGENManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator ServiceManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Microsoft Software Shadow Copy ProviderManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Multimedia Class SchedulerAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Net.Tcp Port Sharing ServiceDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
NetlogonManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Network Access Protection AgentManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Network ConnectionsManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Network List ServiceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualManualManualDisabled
Network Location AwarenessAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Network Store Interface ServiceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Offline FilesNANAAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabledDisabled
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
Parental ControlsManualManualNAManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Peer Name Resolution ProtocolManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Peer Networking GroupingManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Peer Networking Identity ManagerManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Performance Logs & AlertsManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Plug and PlayAutomatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
PnP-X IP Bus EnumeratorManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
PNRP Machine Name Publication ServiceManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Portable Device Enumerator ServiceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Print SpoolerAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel SupportManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Program Compatibility Assistant ServiceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabled
Protected StorageManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Quality Windows Audio Video ExperienceManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
ReadyBoostAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Remote Access Auto Connection ManagerManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Remote Access Connection ManagerManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) LocatorManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Remote RegistryManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Routing and Remote AccessDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Secondary LogonAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Security Accounts ManagerAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Security CenterAutomatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)ManualDisabled
ServerAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
Shell Hardware DetectionAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
SL UI Notification ServiceManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
Smart CardManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Smart Card Removal PolicyManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
SNMP TrapManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Software LicensingAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
SSDP DiscoveryManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
SuperfetchAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
System Event Notification ServiceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Tablet PC Input ServiceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Task SchedulerAutomatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*Automatic*
TCP/IP NetBIOS HelperAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
TelephonyManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Terminal ServicesAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabled
Terminal Services ConfigurationManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Terminal Services UserMode Port RedirectorNANAManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
ThemesAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Thread Ordering ServerManualManualManualManualManualManualDisabled
TPM Base ServicesManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
UPnP Device HostManualManualManualAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
User Profile ServiceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Virtual DiskManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Volume Shadow CopyManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
WebClientAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Windows AudioAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
Windows Audio Endpoint BuilderAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows BackupManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows CardSpaceManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Color SystemManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Connect Now – Config RegistrarManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows DefenderAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Windows Driver Foundation – User-mode Driver FrameworkManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Error Reporting ServiceAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Event CollectorManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Event LogAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Windows FirewallAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)ManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows InstallerManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Windows Management InstrumentationAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualManual
Windows Media Center Extender ServiceNADisabledNADisabledDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows Media Center Receiver ServiceNAManualNAManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows Media Center Scheduler ServiceNAManualNAManualDisabledDisabledDisabled
Windows Media Center Service LauncherNAAutomatic (DS)NAAutomatic (DS)DisabledManualDisabled
Windows Media Player Network Sharing ServiceManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Modules InstallerManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0ManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)ManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
Windows SearchAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualDisabled
Windows TimeAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabledDisabled
Windows UpdateAutomatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)Automatic (DS)DisabledManual
ServiceHome BasicHome PremiumBusinessUltimate‘Safe’TweakedMinimal
WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery ServiceManualManualManualManualManualManualManual
Wired AutoConfigManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
WLAN AutoConfigManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
WMI Performance AdapterManualManualManualManualManualDisabledDisabled
WorkstationAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticDisabled
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