Im going to go and disable all the services that I dont need to free up some mem and possibly make it faster... what services can I safely turn off? I want all the services I dont use to be turned off... anyone know what I can turn off and what I need to keep on?
let me set everybody straight...the only thing you are going to improve is the boot.
XP will release the ram you need from the services that are not in use when you need it...if the service is not in use, the ram is available, if the service is in use, you should not be disabling it.
this does not mean I'm against setting to manual the services YOU KNOW you don't use...like workstation, and qos...by all means disable the services YOU KNOW you don't use.
your boot time will improve...but that's the only real benefit...speeding the box...no
here's a perfect example of what I'm talking about...suppose someone told me turning off indexing would speed me up...I turned it off, and perhaps I noticed a marginal improvement in computing...maybe so, however, when I do a search, indexing speeds me by minutes each and every search...minutes wasted in searches, verses nansecinds in closeing an application...hmmm...obviously, for me, turning off indexing will slow me down, not speed me up.
mostly, if you want to exoeriment with services, set to manual, rahter then dissable...but this all goes to learning about your box, so please feel free to experiment, with care.
you can be slowing yourself down, and you would never know it, and never have the oportunity to have it realized...
the case in point is the indexing...
clearly a superb slow down for anyone that knows how to refine their search,,,yet most people think not having it speeds them up...ha..if it speeds them up, then they don't do many searches.
the only real benefit is the boot speed, so MAKE SURE YOU DON'T USE THE SERVICES YOU TURN OFF, AS YOU MIGHT NEVER NOTICE THE SLOWDOWN YOU BROUGHT UPON YOURSELF
so many people have desktops that they think they've sped up...processor speeds twice my laptop, as it clocks down when I'm on batteries...they are amaxed that my little box outoerforms theirs at the same tasks.
I'ts then very hard to figure out exactly what they did to slow themselfs down, as it's comulative.
a little here, a little there, and boom...big slow downs.
that's all I'm saying..go ahead and experiment, but make sure you know you don't use the service you turn off
Here's the one that I disabled on my computer....always backup before doing anything and the services that are disabled on my computer are for "MY COMPUTER" so it doesn't mean that they can all apply to you
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
COM+ Event System
COM+ System Application
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Distributed Transaction Coordinator
Error Reporting Service
Human Interface Device Access
IMAPI CD Burning COM Service
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Logical Disk Manager
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Performance Logs And Alerts
Portable Media Serial Number
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Remote procesure Call (RPC) Locator
Routing And Remote Access
Security Account Manager
Smart Card Helper
SSDP Discovery Service
System Event Notification
TCP/IP NetBios Helper
Uninterrupted Power Supply
Universal Plug And Play Device Host
Volume Shadow Copy
Wireless Zero Configuration
WMI Performance Adaptor
That's what I disabled on my computer but other may need some of those services so it's up to you to see which ones you need or which ones you don't
I really don't believe that you have disabled all these services. Here is what Blackviper (he disables about everything possible) writes about Remote Procedure Call (RPC):
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) ~ This service is rather Vital. Just about everything depends on this service to be running. This is also the only service that you cannot disable via the Services MMC. Previously, if you disabled this service in Windows 2000, your computer would become unbootable. What I am trying to tell you is leave this service on Automatic and absolutely DO NOT disable it in msconfig.
I'm curious. Has anyone measured how much ram they get back from disabling a few services? What about the new speed of boot up.
I find it difficult to believe that disabling a handfull of services can really make much difference to the performance of a system. And if it does than surly theres an argument for the fact that the system in question should perhaps have a bit more ram, its almost as cheep as chips these days.
If you are running StyleXP, the service for it uses approx. 14MB of RAM. Disable that service and you will also notice a pickup because you are allowing XP to do the work, and not another third party program. =)
Now if someone wants to follow everything that is said in any forums it's up to them. I made a mistake and rectified it later on but as always before disabling or tweaking anything it's always recommended to backup and get more informations about what you're about to do.
I hope I did not create any problems for anybody, just trying to help like others here.