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Old 10-04-2003, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Important services

Ive been looking for ways to optimize my computer, as its being a bit slugsih right now. Almost every post I look in about the subject says to go into MSCONFIG and turn off all unimportant services, or something to that effect. My question is how am I supposed to know which service is important to my particular system and which isn't? I'd like to know which proccess is going to crash my pc before I start pressing buttons.

PS. almost forgot, heres my specs

VIA Samuel 2 at 666 MHz
632 MB's of RAM
GeForce 2 MX 400 PCI
SoundBlaster Live! X-Gamer
Windows XP Home w/ SP 1a
Norton Anti Virus 2003
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Old 10-05-2003, 12:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, thanks for the quick response but, how do I export the msconfig file.
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Old 10-05-2003, 05:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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First use 'Services.msc' and secondly XP will NOT run (unlike W98) with Exporer only (in fact Explorer is not listed as an XP service, doh!!).

Go here:

http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
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Old 10-06-2003, 08:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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well, Im going to post the services.msc fiel because the other ones about 52 kb's to big
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Old 10-06-2003, 05:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Presuming you are on a stand alone machine:

A=Auto
D=Disabled
M=Manual

Alerter=D
ALGS=D (unless connection sharing then A)
App Management=M
Auto Upodate=D (TURN THIS JUNK OFF!!)
BITS=D
Clipbook=D
Com+=M
Com+Sys=M
Comp Browser=D
Crypt=A (Dont turn this off)
DHCP=D
DLTC=D
DTC=D
DNS=D
Epson=D
Error=D
Event Log=A
Fast User=D (or A if more than one account)
H & S=D
HIDA=D
IMAPI=D (or A if using crappy XP burning software)
Indexing=D (Turn this junk off!)
ICF=D (or A if using crappy XP firewall)
IPSEC=D
Logical Disk=M
Machine Debugger=D
Messenger=D (the source of nasty pop ups!)
MSSSCP=M
Net Remote=D
Network Connections=A
NetworkDDE=D
NLA=D
NTLM=D
Norton=A
Nvidia=D
PerfLA=D
P & p=A
Portable Media=D
Print Spooler=A
Protected Storage=A (or D for increased secutity)
QOS RSVP=D
RAACM = A (D if possible to connect to your ISP without it)
RACM=A (D if possible, as above)
Remote Desktop =D (Turn this OFF!!)
RPC=A (DO NOT TURN OFF)
RPCL=D
Removable Storage=A
Routing and Remote=D
Secondary Logon=A
SAM=D
SHD=M
Smart Card=D
Smart Helper=D
SSDP=D
Symantec=A
SEN=A (D if you havent a clue what it is!)
SRS=A (D if you live on the edge!)
TS=Do you use it?
TCP/IP Helper=D
Telephony=A (if on dial-up modem)
Terminal Services=D
Themes=Do you use themes?
UPS=D
UPP=D (BIG SECURITY RISK!)
UM=D
VSC=M
WC=D
Win Audio=A
Win Inst=M
WMI=A
Win Time=D (M$ Spyware?)
Wireless=Do you use it?
WMI PF=D
Workstation =A

Remember to press STOP on any running services when DISABLING!!

You'll think you have a new machine with all the crap turned off (and it'll be a dam site more secure!!).

HTH
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Old 10-06-2003, 09:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I do have a small in-home network between my fathers comp and my own. I use it primarily for printing and playing games(though his comp isnt good for much besides starcraft), so if any of these settings will stop that from working properly then please tell me now!!
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