Windows 7 RTM Services you can disable

Monday, July 27, 2009

My last post provides a list of ALL Windows 7 services for Windows 7 RTM Ultimate 64 bit. This post is shorter and lists the services you can disable without crashing the system. Please read all my warning from the last post before doing this! Here is what I have disabled and have a pretty secure and quick Windows 7:

  • Adaptive brightness – disable if your machine does not have an ambient light sensor
  • Application Experience - disabled without noticing issues. Still researching
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption Service – disable if you do not use encryption (which you should)
  • Bluetooth Support Service – disable if you do not use Bluetooth devices
  • BranchCache – disable if not connected to any LAN
  • Certificate Propagation – disable if you do not use a smart card
  • Computer Browser – disable if not connected to any LAN
  • Credential Manager – disable if you do not save passwords
  • Desktop Windows Manager Session Manager - disable if not using Aero theme
  • DHCP Client – disable if static network configuration
  • Diagnostic Policy Service - disable if you don't want Windows troubleshooting assitance
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client – disable if not on LAN
  • DNS Client – disable if static DNS
  • Encrypting File System (EFS) – disable if not using EFS
  • Fax – disable if not using fax services
  • HomeGroup Listener – disable if not using homegroup
  • HomeGroup Provider – disable if not using homegroup
  • Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service – disable unless using iSCSI
  • Netlogon – disable if not on domain
  • Network Access Protection Agent – disable if not on domain or corporate network
  • Offline Files – disable if not using offline files
  • Parental Controls – disable if not using
  • Portable Device Enumerator Service - disable if no portable devices used
  • Print Spooler – disable if not printer
  • Protected Storage - disable if not used (not secure)
  • Remote Registry – disable if not using
  • Secondary Logon – disable if only one user account
  • Security Center - disable if using another security suite
  • Server - if not on a LAN
  • Smart Card – disable if no smart card
  • Smart Card Removal Policy – disable if not smart card
  • SNMP trap – disable if not connecting to SNMP devices
  • Tablet PC Input Service – disable if not tablet hardware
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper - disable if not using NetBIOS
  • Volume Shadow Copy – Disable if system restore or Windows backup is disabled
  • Windows Backup – disable if using another form of backup
  • Windows Biometric Service –disable if no biometric devices
  • Windows Error Reporting Services – disable if don't like error reports
  • Windows Firewall – disable if another firewall is in place
  • Windows Media services – disable if not sharing media
  • Windows Search – disable if not using search or have third party
  • Windows Time – disable if do not want to connect to time server
  • Windows Update – disable if no updates (not recommended)
  • Wired AutoConfig – disable if not using 802.1x authentication on ethernet interface
  • WLAN AutoConfig – disable if no Wireless adapter
  • WWAN AutoConfig – disable if no broadband wireless adapter

Once again before disabling or stopping any service make sure to read the description and ensure you are performing the correct action. When in doubt set the service to manual and test it out first. I hope your Windows 7 tweaking continues to be successful and please do not hesitate to leave a comment or question.

Till Next Time,

Jorge Orchilles


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