We have posted our exclusive services configuration guide for Windows XP in past and now its turn of Windows Vista. In this tutorial we'll learn about the system services which are not essential and can be safely set to MANUAL to speed up your Windows and to optimize overall system performance.
So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:
1. Right-click on My Computer icon on desktop and select Manage, it'll open "Computer Management" window.
2. Now go to Services & Application -> Services. Alternatively you can directly open services window using services.msc command in RUN or Start Menu search box.
3. Now you can turn any unwanted service off to speedup your system. To disable or Set a service to MANUAL, double-click on the desired service and select the appropriate option in Startup list box.
4. Here is the list of services that can be safely set to MANUAL (Many of them may be disabled automatically on some systems):
- Application Experience
- Computer Browser (If your computer is not connected to any network)
- Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (If you don't use Aero theme)
- Diagnostic Policy Service
- Distributed Link Tracking Client
- Indexing service (If you don't use Windows Search feature frequently)
- Offline Files
- Portable Device Enumerator Service
- Print Spooler (If you don't have Printer)
- ReadyBoost (If you don't use ReadyBoost feature)
- Remote Registry (Always disable it for Security purposes)
- Secondary Logon
- Security Center
- Server (If your computer is not connected to any network)
- System Restore (If you don't use System Restore)
- Tablet PC Input Service
- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service (If you are not in a workgroup network)
- Themes ( If you use Windows Classic theme)
- Windows Error Reporting Service
- Windows Media Center Service Launcher
- Windows Search (If you don't use Windows Search feature frequently)
- Windows Time (If you don't want to update system tray clock time automatically)
PS: You can see the details of each service so that you can determine whether you should disable it or not.
NOTE: Always set the service to MANUAL, never disable it. So that whenever windows needs to start a service it can easily start and use it. If you set any service to DISABLED, then windows will not be able to start it and will give ERROR.