Windows XP Services Removal GuideFormer staff writer - February 1, 2002
Windows Services ListWell, that's a long list! There maybe other entries in your services that I have not listed. Some programs install a service so that their program will run when windows boots up. For example, Norton anti-virus may have an entry in your services list. If you want, you could disable it. (Just remember your pc wouldn't be secure from viruses) ZoneAlarm firewall, has two entries in my services list. I keep them enabled so my firewall runs when I bootup. If you have a Nvidia video card, then you will see an entry called Nivdia Driver Helper Service. If you disable this, you will see a big improvement when you shutdown and startup your system.
I got an email from Magnus T, and he told me about a neat little trick you can do with a batch file and with services. Here is what he had to say: "I have made a cmd file which I run before I start Grand Prix Legends (which is a really demanding game). This batch file stops the unnecessary services while I play the game. Then I can restart them with a batch script or reboot... Even the antivirus stuff can go while I'm playing (my well known game exe of course)"
You can make your own batch file, and I recommend you do just that. This is really for the more advance users, so if you have no idea how to make a batch file, how to run a batch, ect. Don't try this! Below is a list of some services that "Magnus T" stops when he wants to play a game, that requires a lot of resources and memory.
net stop "AVSync Manager"
net stop "Automatic Updates"
net stop "Computer Browser"
net stop "Cryptographic Services"
net stop "Distributed Link Tracking Client"
net stop "Help and Support"
net stop "Logical Disk Manager" net stop "Messenger"
net stop "Print Spooler"
net stop "Protected Storage" net stop "Server"
net stop "Shell Hardware Detection"
net stop "System Event Notification"
net stop "System Restore Service"
net stop "Task Scheduler"
net stop "TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper" net stop "Themes"
net stop "Upload Manager"
net stop "WebClient"
net stop "Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)"
net stop "Windows Management Instrumentation"
net stop "Windows Time"
net stop "Workstation"
net stop "System Event Notification" net stop "COM+ Event System"
net stop "Network Connections"
net stop "Network Location Awareness (NLA)"
net stop "Remote Access Auto Connection Manager"
net stop "SSDP Discovery Service"
net stop "DHCP Client"
net stop "DNS Client"
For an example, in my batch file I would leave out net stop "Network Connections" because my DSL requires this to run. So make your own batch file! Not everyone's configuration is the same. You might be asking what "pskill" is? Well, it's a program that kills background processes. You can leave all of that out of your batch file and just shutdown services. If you want to gain the extra memory before you play a game, you should shutdown all background processes that are not needed. You can download pskill here. Like I said above, everyone's configuration is different.
Okay, you have finished playing your game of Medal of Honor, how do you start the services back? Well, you need to make a separate batch file with all of the services you have listed in your previous batch file. However, you need to change all of the services from "net stop" to "net start" for example:
net start "AVSync Manager"
would start the AVSync Manager.
I thought this was a pretty good tip! Special thanks Magnus T for sending it in!
Update 03/30/04: One of our readers from downunder sent this in: Hey there, just a note on the batch file setup, you don't need pskill.exe as Windows XP comes with its own task killing application called taskkill, heres what i use to kill VMWare in the mornings,
C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskkill.exe /F /IM Vmware.exe /T
Taskkill /? naturally works as well to show all the available commands.
If anyone has any input for this guide please email me and let me know. I will continue to update this page as I gain more information about the services within Windows.