Speed up your windows xp computer Video #6
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|Windows Tune up Video #6|
We are going to learn about services that you can turn off in Windows Xp to speed up your computer.
To access this interface go to your Start Menu and select Run. Type services.msc
hit Enter or choose OK.
Depending on what version of Xp you are using this can look a little different. Pro would have a few more options then the Home version. If you want to see the details of an entry, click on it and to the left it will tell you a little bit more about the service.
Typically, you should only do a few services at a time, restart your computer, and test your programs, and see if you get any error messages. That way if you need to go back and re-enable a service it will be easy to identify which ones you need to turn back on. Now we are going to look at some of these services. First, let’s look at the Clipbook service.
Double click on Clipbook and bring up the properties page. Look on the General tab, where is says Startup type if yours is enabled you will want to click Stop under Services status. Then go back to Startup type and use the pull down menu to change to Disabled, then select OK.
Double click on Distributed Link Tracking Client. We are going to go ahead and turn this service off. Click on Stop then change the Startup type to Disabled and select OK.
Let’s move down to DNS Client. This service is for people who are on an Active Directory Domain. Most people are not connected to an Active Directory Domain and can turn this off. Double click on DNS Client, select Stop, change Startup Type to Disabled, and click OK.
Go ahead and disable the following services using the same steps as before. Double click on the item to open the properties page, select Stop services, change Startup Type to Disabled and select OK.
Error Reporting Service
Fast User Switching This will keep a user logged into the computer while another user logs on, we are going to go ahead and disable this service.
Help and Support You may or may not want to disable this. If you do not use it, go ahead and disable it.
Indexing Service We disabled this in one of the other videos. Go ahead and change the start up type to Disable and select OK.
This would be a good restarting point. Go ahead and restart your computer. If you do find that you are unable to use a program or that you have lost a service, you can easily go back through the services we have done and re-enable a few services at a time until you can re-access the program you are trying to access.
Now let’s scroll down and disable a few more services using the same steps. Double click on the item, select Stop services, change to Disable and select OK.
IPSEC Services This is for Security policies and is not needed.
Messenger This is not MSN Messenger. This is Windows Messenger. Lots of spyware and malware can use this service to send pop ups to your computer. If you use Windows Messenger, you would want to leave it enabled but if not, go ahead and disable it.
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider This may be set to Manual, which means if you should need the service it would start up. It is not typically used, you can go ahead and disable this as well.
Net Meeting Remote Desktop Sharing If you use NetMeeting you can leave this set to Manual if you do not use it then disable this item.
Network DDE DSDM
NT LM Security Support Provider
Performance Logs and Alerts
Portable Media Serial Number Service
QoS RSVP This is quality of service stuff for programs that work over the internet or network. If not currently need, go ahead and disable this service.
This would be another rebooting point. Restart you computer and check the functionally of your programs.
When you are done restarting and testing your programs, invoke the Services Menu by clicking on Start, choose Run, and type in services.msc and hit Enter.
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager We are going to go ahead and disable. Select Stop, and change to Disabled and click OK.
Remote Procedure Call Locater Can also be disabled.
Removable Storage If you use such as USB drives or Firewire CD or DVD drives. The safest thing to do for this entry would be to Stop the service and set the Startup type to Manual. That way if you need the service it can run, but will not run at startup.
Remote Procedure Call Locater Should not have been Disabled, it should have been changed to Manual also, just incase you may need this service. I apologize for the mistake.
Routing and Remote Access
Security Accounts Manager set to Manual, just incase you need this service.
Smart Card These are typically government type services for smart cards. They are not usually used and can be disabled.
SSDP Discovery Service
System Event Notification This service can be handy to have, so go ahead and set this to Manual, so it will not start at startup but can still be accessed.
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper This is an older protocol, if you do not use it, you can disable.
Telephony This one we going to leave to Manual but Stop the service. If you get a pop-up box notifying you that this service needs another service to run, click Yes and stop both the services. Then select Manual and then OK.
Terminal Services This is another service you do not need, unless you use it on a network. You may see under Service status that the program is Started. Click on Dependencies and see what other services are using it. This is showing the Fast User Switching is using this service. Go back up to Fast User Switching, it may show that Fast User Switching is disabled, so we may have to restart before we can disable this service. We are going to go ahead and change Terminal Services to Disabled and select OK. When we start back up this service should not run.
Lets go ahead and restart the computer again and check you programs to see if they are running correctly. Then come back to your Start menu choose Run and type in services.msc and hit Enter. Then we can finish reviewing the Services.
Uninterruptible Power Supply Most people do not us this services. They are rather expensive, if you have one you will know it. So go ahead and disable this service as well.
Volume Shadow Copy Disable
Web Client Go ahead and read the description. If you do a lot of web based authoring, you will want to leave this service enabled. If you want, you can Stop the service and change it to Manual so it will not run at startup.
Volume Shadow Copy should also be set to Manual incase you need it. So go back, and change to Manual and select OK.
Windows Image Acquisition is not typically use but it may be needed. We are going to Stop the service and change startup type to Manual, and select OK.
Windows Time This is a synchronization service. If you turn this off, it is not going to disable time on your computer. If you do have your computer synchronized with a network timeserver, you may need this entry. If you do not use this service, Stop the service, Disable and select OK.
Wireless Zone Configuration This service is for wireless network cards. If you are not using a wireless card you can go ahead and Disable this service. If you are using a Notebook or have a wireless card in your desktop you can set this to Manual.
WMI Performance This service may be running on your computer, it is needed but does not need to run at startup. Stop the service, change to Manual and select OK.
Restart your computer once again and make sure your programs are working correctly. By doing a few services at a time and checking the programs and services you use, if any changes have effected you computer you can easily go back and re-enable a few at a time to restore the functionally of your programs and services.