Windows Vista Services Tweaks

How To Disable Windows Vista Services:

  • Go to the start menu, select run, and type in ‘services.msc’ (without the quotes). This will open up the Services Management Console.
  • Scroll down the list of services until you find the service you wish to disable then double click on the service, or alternatively, right click on the service and select Properties.
  • In the dropdown for Startup type select “Disabled”, click Apply, and click the Stop button to stop the service.
  • Once the service shows as being stopped, click OK and go on to the next service.

*Note: Some services have dependencies with other services so depending on the order that you disable them you may get a message that tells you that stopping this service will stop another service.

Disable the following Windows Vista Services:
for significant performance improvement on older machines.

  • Application Layer Gateway Service
  • IKE and AuthIP IPSec
  • Infrared monitoring service – do not disable if using a remote with the Media Center shell
  • Offline Files
  • Remote Registry
  • Secondary Logon (if you have only one user)
  • SSDP Discovery – *Note: disabling this service will also stop the UPnP Device Host service and the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service– in some cases disabling the SSDP service has been found to fix the 100% CPU usage problem in svchost.exe with some programs such as NOD32 Antivirus
  • TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper

For those users who experience poor performance due to an unsupported Graphics card, or who have Graphic Driver problems, we recommend disabling the User Experience Session Management Service
This will disable DWM and the Aero effects, but you can get a performance boost depending on your setup. This tweak is recommended for those who find their machines running slow with the DWM effects enabled as well as those wishing for a moderate performance gain.
On some machines, especially those with older hardware, it may be desirable to disable the Windows Search Engine service. This is a core feature of the new Operating System; however in this build of Windows Vista, it is still fairly buggy and can drain too many resources. On the other hand, if you have a recent and relatively fast CPU, we would advise you leave this service running automatically, even though the service may cause some temporary performance loss during the content cataloguing process.

For added Security, you may try disabling the following Windows Vista Services:
The following tweaks are suitable for both older and Vista-ready machines.

  • Intersite Messaging
  • Peer Networking Group Authentication
  • Peer Networking Grouping Service
  • Peer Networking Identity Manager
  • Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
  • Remote Access Connection Manager
  • Terminal Services – do not disable if using Infrared monitoring service

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