Boosting Performance by Disabling Unnecessary Services on Windows XP Pro SP2 Systems
This tutorial shows you how to boost performance by stopping and disabling unnecessary services on Windows XP Professional systems with Service Pack 2. In the end, 52 services could be disabled; 15 services could be defined to run in "Manual" mode; only 20 services need to be defined to run in "Automatic" mode.
If you followed our Disabling Unnecessary Services tutorial on a Windows XP Professional system with Service Pack 2 installed, you can reduce the running services to a minimum level of 35 essential services need to be running in "Automatic" or "Manual" mode. All other 52 services can be disabled.
With less services running, your system will need less than 190MB 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 and use all local network services.
Summary of suggested services settings for Windows XP Pro SP2 system:
|Service Name||Startup Type||Usage Note|
|Alerter||Disabled||Used for delivering local network alerts.|
|Application Layer Gateway Service||Disabled||Base service for Windows firewall or Internet Connection Sharing.|
|Application Management||Disabled||May needed for removing applications.|
|ASP.NET State Service||Disabled||Used by ASP .NET applications.|
|ATI HotKey Poller||Disabled||Support hot keys to control multiple monitors.|
|Automatic Updates||Disabled||Automatically getting system updates from Microsoft Websites.|
|Background Intelligent Transfer Service||Disabled||Used by Automatic Updates to transfer files.|
|Bluetooth Service||Disabled||Used to support Bluetooth devices.|
|ClipBook||Disabled||Used by ClipBook Viewer.|
|COM+ Event System||Disabled||Used for System Event Notification.|
|COM+ System Application||Disabled||Used to support COM+ components.|
|Computer Browser||Disabled||Maintains a list of computers on the local network.|
|Cryptographic Services||Automatic||May needed for Windows Media Player.|
|DCOM Server Process Launcher||Automatic||Needed for Windows firewall functions.|
|DHCP Client||Automatic||Needed for Internet connections.|
|Distributed Link Tracking Client||Disabled||Used for tracking files over local networks.|
|Distributed Transaction Coordinator||Disabled||Used for local network resource management.|
|DNS Client||Automatic||Used to resolve DNS names.|
|Error Reporting Service||Disabled||Used to send error reports to Microsoft support center.|
|Event Log||Automatic||This is an essential service.|
|Fast User Switching Compatibility||Disabled||Used for switching between logged in users.|
|Help and Support||Disabled||Used for getting on-line support documents from Microsoft.|
|HTTP SSL||Manual||Used for visiting secure Websites with HTTPS protocol.|
|Human Interface Device Access||Disabled||Used to support hot buttons on special input devices.|
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