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Windows 7 Catch-up: Disable Services

Interms of performance, Windows 7 is faster than it’s predecessor in all aspects. If you want to get a little ‘oomph’ more out of it on lower spec machines, you can slim down the Windows services running in the background.

Among the services that can be disabled (and this is by no means a comprehensive list):

  • Application Experience
  • Computer Browser (If your computer is not connected to any network)
  • Diagnostic Policy Service
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
  • IP Helper
  • Offline Files (for caching files accessed over networks)
  • Portable Device Enumerator Service
  • Print Spooler (if you don’t have Printer)
  • Protected Storage
  • Remote Registry (always disable this for security purposes)
  • Secondary Logon
  • Security Center
  • Server (if your computer is not connected to any network)
  • Tablet PC Input Service (if it’s not a tablet, of course)
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
  • Themes ( if you drop back to Windows Classic theme)
  • Windows Error Reporting Service (assuming you don’t want to call home to the Microsoft Mothership)
  • Windows Media Center Service Launcher
  • Windows Search (if you don’t use Windows Search feature frequently)
  • Windows Time (if you don’t want to update system tray clock time using Internet)

About Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.

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One thought on “Windows 7 Catch-up: Disable Services

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Beginner’s Guide”. The introduction of the various factors that should be considered was nicely ordered, progressing from the most basic to the more complex, and paralleled my own experiences.

    Posted by George W. Hastings | Apr 7, 2011, 1:25 pm

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