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#1 nepali_dude

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 08:23 AM

Stopping Unneeded Startup Services

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Exercise caution when stopping services. If you do not know what a service does or are unsure of the ramifications of stopping the service, leave it alone. Some services are critical to Windows XP's operations, so make sure you understand what the service is before you disable it.

To reduce the number of services that start on bootup, you can access two different areas of Windows XP. The first is the System Configuration Utility. The Services tab shows you the services that start when the computer boots.

You can stop a service from starting by simply clearing the check box next to the service and clicking OK. However, before you do so, there is another way to disable services that you may prefer because the interface gives you more information about the service in question.

Open Control Panel/Administrative ToolsServices or else select Start/Run, type services.msc, and click OK. Either way, you see the Services console.

I prefer to use the Services console instead of the System Configuration Utility because it describes what the service does. Additionally, you can double-click a service and examine its properties.

This information lists whether the service is automatic or manual. Manual services are only started in Windows XP when you start a process that requires the service. Some other process may require the service that has a "dependency" relationship with it; in this case, the dependency service will start, as well. Because these services do not start automatically when you boot Windows XP, you do not need to do anything with manual services.

However, all services listed as automatic start when Windows XP boots. These are the services that increase boot time. As I have mentioned, many of them are necessary and important, so you should not stop automatic services from booting unless you are sure of the ramifications. You can get this information by looking at the Description column. Here's a quick look at common services you may want to live without:


Automatic Updates: This service enables Windows XP to check the Web automatically for updates. If you don't want to use Automatic Updates, you can disable the service. You can always check for updates manually at the Windows Update Web site.


Computer Browser: If your computer is not on a network, you don't need this service. If you are on a network, leave it alone.


DHCP Client: If you are not on a network, you do not need this service. If you are on a small workgroup, you can still increase boot time by configuring manual IP addresses.


DNS Client: If you are not on a network, you do not need this service. If you are, leave it alone.


Error Reporting and Event Log: You don't have to use these services but they can be very helpful, so I would leave them configured as automatic.


Fax: If you don't use your computer for fax services, you can disable this one.


Help and Support: If you never use the Windows XP Help and Support Center (found on the Start menu), you can disable this service.


IMAPI CD-Burning COM: This service enables you to burn CDs on your computer. If you never burn CDs, you can disable the service.


Indexing Service: Your computer keeps an index of files but if you rarely search for files, the service is just a resource hog. You can stop it and turn the service to manual.


Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing: If you do not use these features, you can disable them.


Infrared Monitor: If you do not use infrared devices, you can disable this service.


Messenger: This service sends alert messages on a local area network (it is not the same as Windows Messenger). If you are not on a network, you can disable this service.


Print Spooler: If you do not do any printing from the computer, you can disable this service. If you print, make sure you leave it as automatic.


Remote Registry: This service allows remote users to modify the Registry on your computer. If you are not on a network, you can disable this service.


System Restore Service: This service allows you to use System Restore. If you have turned off System Restore anyway, you do not need to turn off the service. If you do, you turn off System Restore.


Themes: If you do not use themes, you can disable this service.


Windows Image Acquisition: If you do not use scanners or digital cameras, you can disable this service.


Wireless Zero Configuration: If do not use wireless networking devices, you can disable this service.


You may have a number of other automatic services, depending on software and other configurations on your computer. So it's a good idea to look through the services and learn more about them. If you double-click a service, a Properties dialog box appears

Notice that on the General tab, you see a Startup Type drop-down menu. If you want to change an automatic service to manual, select Manual here and click OK. As a general rule, don't disable a service unless you are sure you will never use it. However, manual configuration allows the service to be started when you find it necessary, thus speeding up your boot time.

Keep in mind that services are necessary for the vast functionality you get with Windows XP. Change only those services that you understand and do not use. How you use your Windows XP computer should be the best guide in terms of optional startup services.

The Indexing service and the System Restore service take up a lot of disk space and system resources across the board. You can live without the Indexing service but I suggest that you keep using System Restore. It works great when you are in a bind and this is one case where the loss of speed may not be worth the ramifications of not using System Restore.


Speed Tips and Tricks for Windows XP Startup

Aside from startup programs, services, and the Prefetch folder, there are a number of other startup procedures and issues you can modify to help Windows XP start faster. The following sections explore those tips and tricks.
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#2 Limitation//Moon

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Posted 05 January 2006 - 05:54 PM

Very nice post but easiest of the easist process that would favour the brand new users or users that have been using windows since 10 years and who don't want to go through the technical crap is:

1. install firewall
2. Deny everything when asked
3. allow only (a) Internet explorer (B ) windows messenger

You would be one of the safest and fastest user of the internet....isn't it cool ?

Edited by Limitation//Moon, 05 January 2006 - 05:55 PM.


#3 Himal Rai

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 06:33 PM

Top of those tips let me add one more

It is going to make your XP looks like Windows 2000 but it is definately going to make it faster

go to start
settings
control panel
double click on system
click on advanced tab
click on settings [ i.e perfomance settings]
You will see visual effects tab
untick everything
apply
OK

you will find the difference in performance. It will be faster for sure
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#4 newapasa

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:27 AM

Himal G,
I just followed your steps...now let me see the change in speed.

thank you by the way.
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#5 ujjwal

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 10:30 AM

If you want visual look, then you have to compromise a little with speed.
But with the modern hardware installed.. I don't think its a problem ...

Edited by ujjwal, 12 January 2007 - 10:31 AM.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 06:56 PM

QUOTE(ujjwal @ Jan 12 2007, 10:30 AM) View Post
If you want visual look, then you have to compromise a little with speed.
But with the modern hardware installed.. I don't think its a problem ...

it really does makes difference
thanks everyone

#7 kslsanjeeb9

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 06:58 AM

QUOTE(Himal Rai @ Dec 17 2006, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Top of those tips let me add one more

It is going to make your XP looks like Windows 2000 but it is definately going to make it faster

go to start
settings
control panel
double click on system
click on advanced tab
click on settings [ i.e perfomance settings]
You will see visual effects tab
untick everything
apply
OK

you will find the difference in performance. It will be faster for sure


Thank you himal bro it is short and the easy way of doing things . Great

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