Beginner’s Guide to Safely Configure / Disable Windows 10 Services

This tutorial is the 5th addition to our exclusive "Beginner's guide to safely configure / disable Windows services" series. In past we have posted similar tutorials for other Windows versions which can be found at following links:

Our Windows services configuration tutorials are few of the our most popular articles which have been featured on various famous websites including Microsoft Technet and MSDN websites as well.

Our services configuration guides became popular because of their simplicity and easy to follow nature. Although you can find similar guides to configure Windows services on a few other websites but those guides require lots of expertise and knowledge to follow them. On the other hand AskVG's Windows services configuration guides don't require any expertise at all. Anyone can follow and use these guides without any problem. You don't need to be a computer geek or master to follow these guides.

Now lets talk about today's guide!

Actually in Windows operating system, many services (including Windows default built-in services as well as 3rd party software or driver services) run in background and consume lots of system resources. Among these services, some are essential and required by Windows to function properly but some services are unnecessary and can be disabled or set to manual start to save CPU resources and RAM.

This tutorial will help you in finding which services are unnecessary in Windows 10 and you'll be able to set them to manual start so that those services don't start with Windows and don't take your valuable system resources.

So without wasting time lets start the guide to configure Windows 10 services:


First of all we'll need to open Services Manager to configure Windows 10 services. You can open Services Manager using several ways as given following:

1.a. Press WIN+X keys together to show quick access menu and then select "Computer Management" option. It'll open a new window. Now click on "Services and Applications -> Services" in left-side pane.

1.b. Same thing can be done by clicking on "Computer -> Manage" in "This PC" ribbon toolbar.

1.c. You can also right-click on "This PC" icon on Desktop and select "Manage" option.

1.d. Or press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box and type services.msc and press Enter. It'll directly open Services Manager.


Now we'll configure Windows 10 services in Services Manager program. Services Manager shows a huge list of all Windows services along with their status and startup type as shown in following image:


The Status section shows whether a service is currently running in background or not. Startup Type section tells you whether a service is set to automatically start with Windows or not.

We'll set some unnecessary services startup type to MANUAL so that they don't start automatically with Windows and thus don't consume system resources.

NOTE: Always set a service's startup type to MANUAL and never set it to DISABLED. We suggest this because if a service is set to MANUAL start and Windows needs the service, it'll be able to start the service and there will be no affect on OS functionality. But if a service is set to DISABLED and Windows requires that service, it'll not be able to start the service and you may face problems.

Following are some services which can be safely set to MANUAL/DISABLED:

  • Connected User Experiences and Telemetry (To turn off Telemetry and Data Collection) (Check this)
  • Diagnostic Policy Service
  • Diagnostic Tracking Service (To turn off Telemetry and Data Collection)
  • Distributed Link Tracking Client (If your computer is not connected to any network)
  • dmwappushsvc (To turn off Telemetry and Data Collection)
  • Downloaded Maps Manager (If you don't use Maps app)
  • IP Helper (If you don't use IPv6 connection)
  • Program Compatibility Assistant Service
  • Print Spooler (If you don't have a printer)
  • Remote Registry (You can set it to DISABLED for Security purposes)
  • Secondary Logon
  • Security Center (Check this)
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper (If you are not in a workgroup network)
  • Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service (If you don't want to use touch keyboard and handwriting features)
  • Windows Defender Service (If you don't use Windows Defender program)
  • Windows Error Reporting Service
  • Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) (If you don't have a scanner)
  • Windows Search (If you don't use Windows Search feature frequently) (Check this)

Apart from the above mentioned services, You can also set a few other services startup type to MANUAL such as services installed by your graphics card driver (Intel, nVidia, AMD, etc), your sound card driver (Realtek, Creative, etc).


That's it. After configuring services startup type, close Services Manager and restart your computer to take effect.

After reboot, you'll notice a lot of improvement in your Windows 10 computer performance. By any chance if you face any issue with any software program, you can restore the services startup type to Automatic again using Services Manager to fix the issue.

Further read:

Master Tutorial to Make Windows 10 Super Fast


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  • VG how to find driver links downloaded by windows update in windows 10 ?
    Neither WindowsUpdate.txt from C:/Windows nor Powershell Command giving links.

  • Thank uuuuuuu. I was waiting for this guide. Very useful as always.

  • Great guide as always. Definitely looking forward to the guide we readers have been waiting for - the Master Tutorial!

    Thanks and more power to you!

  • Great guide as always VG. Very helpful to know this information.

    @Goldi, Windows Updates are downloaded to "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download" folder. Please keep in mind these files will have no extension names, so some may have to be renamed and some you will have to use 7-zip to view and extract. From my understanding, they stay there for about a week or so.

  • This article is crazy to say the least. Why in the World are you telling users to set IP Helper and Security Center to Manual? You don't give an explanation for either but I will. IP Helper is useful for enhancing your internet connection and Security Center can save your butt when malware disables your antivirus.

  • Awesome guide VG. Thanks for sharing it. :)

    That's why it was recommended to set services to manual. He didn't advise to disable them. Also IP Helper should be always set to manual if your internet connection doesn't support IPv6 technology. I always disable security center as I don't need its useless advices. I already have internet security suite.

  • @ Ju5t Pa55ing Through Thanks for Passing info :p
    Any idea where are links stored in Windows 10

  • I made all of the changes on your list, including graphics and audio. After that the computer beeped twice during boot up when the lock screen was loading. Then changed all settings back to default and the beeping stopped. Please let us know which setting is at fault.

  • VG

    ^^ You can try to restore your audio driver utility in startup or Services Manager.

  • Windows Defender Service CAN NOT DISABLE because it's always not show Button Disable :|. I rename process of it.

  • @Mr.Hoang
    You can manually turn off windows defender.

  • Hi Vishal,
    Just a suggestion to remove windows defender from the list as defender would scan your system even a 3rd party AV is installed after the Anniversary update.

    Also, I find defender more reliable and performance friendly then like AVG, Avast etc

  • VG

    ^^ But people who are using a different antivirus/anti-spyware program, may want to completely disable Windows Defender for compatibility issues.

  • Thanks alot will restart now and chech the diff

  • Windows Search disable increase speed my laptop.

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