Boosting Performance by Disabling Unnecessary Services on Windows XP Home Edition


This tutorial shows you how to boost performance by stopping and disabling unnecessary services on Windows XP Home Edition systems with Service Pack 2 installed. In the end, 46 services could be disabled; 16 services could be defined to run in "Manual" mode; only 17 services need to be defined to run in "Automatic" mode.


If you followed our Disabling Unnecessary Services tutorial on a Windows XP Home Edition system with Service Pack 2 installed, you can reduce the running services to a minimum level of 33 essential services need to be running in "Automatic" or "Manual" mode. All other 56 services can be disabled.

With less services running, your system will need less than 140MB of memory to start up. This will greatly boost your system performance.

The suggested minimum set of running services can still allow you to visit Internet. But local network services are not supported.

Summary of suggested services settings for Windows XP Home Edition SP2 system:
Service NameStartup TypeUsage Note
AlerterDisabledUsed for delivering local network alerts.
Application Layer Gateway ServiceDisabledBase service for Windows firewall or Internet Connection Sharing.
Application ManagementDisabledMay needed for removing applications.
ASP.NET State ServiceDisabledUsed by ASP .NET applications.
Automatic UpdatesDisabledAutomatically getting system updates from Microsoft Websites.
Background Intelligent Transfer ServiceDisabledUsed by Automatic Updates to transfer files.
ClipBookDisabledUsed by ClipBook Viewer.
COM+ Event SystemDisabledUsed for System Event Notification.
COM+ System ApplicationDisabledUsed to support COM+ components.
Computer BrowserDisabledMaintains a list of computers on the local network.
Cryptographic ServicesManualMay needed for Windows Media Player.
DCOM Server Process LauncherAutomaticNeeded for Windows fireall functions.
DHCP ClientAutomaticNeeded for Internet connections.
Distributed Link Tracking ClientDisabledUsed for tracking files over local networks.
Distributed Transaction CoordinatorDisabledUsed for local network resource management.
DNS ClientDisabledUsed to resolve DNS names.
Error Reporting ServiceDisabledUsed to send error reports to Microsoft support center.
Event LogAutomaticThis is an essential service.
Fast User Switching CompatibilityDisabledUsed for switching between logged in users.
FaxDisabledUsed for sending and receiving fax.
Help and SupportDisabledUsed for getting on-line support documents from Microsoft.
HTTP SSLManualUsed for visiting secure Websites with HTTPS protocol.
Human Interface Device AccessDisabledUsed to support hot buttons on special input devices.
IMAPI CD-Burning COM ServiceDisabledUsed to support Windows built-in CD burning function.
Indexing ServiceDisabledUsed to index and share files over local networks.

Continue to Part II.

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