Services are programs that run when the computer starts up and continue to run as they aid the operating system in functionality. There are many services that load and are not needed which take up memory space and CPU time. Disabling these services will free up system resources which will speed up your overall computer experience.
List of Services to Disable to Increase Speed
- Smart Card / Smart Card Helper – If you don’t have a smart card system, you don’t need this service. As smart cards have really never taken off… i doubt you need this. Kill it.
- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service – Unless you run NetBIOS on your system, you don’t need this service. Kill it.
- Uninterruptible Power Supply – Although I should have a UPS, I don’t. If you don’t, then disable this service.
- Remote Registry service – This service allows one to remotely edit the registry through a network connection. If you are editing your registry remotely, then you are too jedi-ninja to be reading this guide. The rest of us should have this off for security alone.
- Error Reporting Service – A program crashes and microsoft wants to know about it. Give up your extra CPU cycles to help Gates polish his OS, or you can just disable it.
- Wireless Zero Configuration - Unless you use wi-fi, you can safely stop this service. If you use wi-fi, this is actually a nice little service.
- Alerter – This is so useless SP2 turns this off for you. For the rest of you folks, you should turn it off too.
- Clipbook – This service allows you to cut and paste across your private network. Most programs that actually allow you to do this use their own ways for doing this.Useless.Stop it.
- Computer Browser – If you are on a LAN, keep it enabled. If not, stop it. It allows you to see the other computers on your network.
- FastUser Switching Compatibility – If you keep multiple users/logins on your current computer, you should leave this enabled. If you always log-in the same way as the same person, you should disable this.
- Messenger Service – Kill it, kill it. We’ve been saying to kill this forever.
- NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Service – If you don’t use NetMeeting, you should stop this service.
- Network DDE/Network DDE DSDM – DDE DSDM was an excellent idea by Microsoft that flopped. Disable both of these.
- Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Service – I use remote desktop all the time. However, you should not have it enabled unless you use it.
- Telnet Service – This allows you to use telnet to log into your system from a remote location. It’s a security risk so don’t keep it enabled unless you use it.SP2 disables it by default now.