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    Disable unwanted Services in Windows XP to improve the performance

    What is Windows Service?

    A Windows service is like any other program in start up folder which starts when Windows is booted and runs in the background as long as PC is restarted/shutdown. Each service in windows handles some work. For ex: Spooler service is used to handle print jobs. But, what if you don’t have a printer? It is better to disable that service.Windows XP

    I always wanted my PC to be fast and responsive. Due to this, I started finding out some of the services that are running and which are not needed. If you also want to disable unwanted services in Windows XP to improve the performance then continue reading…

    To start/stop or enable/disable the services.
    – Go to Start > Run and type msconfig and hit Enter.
    – After services window is opened, click on the Services tab.
    – Here you will see all the services registered under your Windows XP machine.

    After doing some trial and error or research – whatever you want to call it. I found some of the services that can be disabled. I am listing out the services names that can be disabled.

    – Find any service name you want to disable.
    – Right click on it and select Disable.

    Remember: You have to be 100% sure that the service you are going disable is not used by any application or device. After you disable the service, if something stops working or not properly working. Just revert it

    Disable unwanted services in Windows XP:

    • Alerter
    • Application Management
    • Clipbook
    • Fast UserSwitching
    • Indexing Service
    • Messenger
    • Net Logon
    • NetMeeting
    • QOS RSVP
    • Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
    • Remote Registry
    • Routing & Remote Access
    • SSDP Discovery Service
    • Universal Plug and Play Device Host
    • Web Client

    Make the changes at your own risk. I am again mentioning this point. If at anytime after disabling them, you find that your applications are not behaving as they should be, then enable them back.

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    1. Read 2 Know says:

      Nice tip. Used to do all these things while in College. After that… 🙂

    2. Jaq Seoman says:

      My laptop is getting really cranky, so I’m definitely going to try disabling some of these in order to maybe speed things up a bit. Thanks for the tips, Nihar! Maybe I should eliminate some of the Firefox addons while I’m at it….

    3. Lyndi says:

      I am a very impatient person and because of that I will use every chance I have to squeeze every drop of speed out of a machine. I will be giving this a try. Thanks.

    4. Nihar says:

      @Best CSS Gallery, I am glad that you liked the tip!

      @Jaq, Yeah try removing unnecessary services. It helped me a lot.

      @Lyndi, Me to. I don’t like if PC takes lot of time to respond.

    5. Services which I immediately excludes:
      # Alerter
      # Fast UserSwitching
      # Messenger
      # NetMeeting
      # QOS RSVP
      # Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
      # Remote Registry
      # Routing & Remote Access
      And the computer begins to fly.

    6. Anish k.S says:

      Nice tip Nihar, or run ccleaner , check/un check for start up programs.
      .-= Anish k.S´s last blog ..Kangana Ranaut & Janardhan Baba With Salman Khan on 10 Ka Dum =-.

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