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Windows 7 Unnecessary Programs and Services

Updated on November 15, 2012

According to some, the latest installment to the Windows series from Microsoft is the most preferable to use among the other previous versions. This is even more so for those that manage to get the ultimate edition of Windows 7. However, there are also some drawbacks with this latest Microsoft’s operating system (OS). Just like previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 also tends to experience lag after some time. Even worse, Windows 7 may prove to be pretty slower due to the various programs and services that it launches during startup. Some of these programs and services often turn out unnecessary at all. What this means is that PC users will not have any problems running the system even if these programs and services are not launched at all.

How to Turn Off the Unnecessary Services in Windows

Fortunately, Windows users are given the freedom to alter which of those services or programs to activate and which of them to turn off. However, you may want to keep in mind that your system configuration may differ from that of another user’s. With that being said, what I am going to discuss here will include only the common ones.

To turn off one or more of the services or programs, users can first go to the Services manager. To do this, users can click on the Start button and type services.msc before pressing Enter. This will bring up a new window listing all services – whether running or not running – that are available on the system. You may notice 2 tabs at the bottom, the extended tab and the standard tab. However, I will recommend using the extended tab as it provides explanation alongside the list.

The first service that you can safely turn off is the Fax service. To turn it off, simply double click on the desired service to open up its properties window. There, you will find 4 options of Startup type that also apply to all other services. The first option is Automatic (Delayed Start) which means that the service will run automatically but not necessarily along with Windows. Then there is Automatic which means that the service will run at the same time Windows starts. After Automatic, there is Manual which means that a certain application may start the service or you can even start it yourself. The last option is then the Disabled option which obviously means that this service will neither run automatically when Windows starts nor will it be launched by any applications. In this case, what we want is the last option.

Besides the Fax service, you can also safely turn off:

- Internet Connection Sharing or ICS (if you are not planning to share your internet connection)

- Machine Debug Manager

- Microsoft Office Diagnostics (you can set it to Manual if you use Office applications a lot)

- Office Source Engine (you can also set this to Manual)

- Print Spooler (Manual is preferable if you need to use your printer all the time)

- Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support

- Security Center (disabling this service will cause Windows to stop giving you notifications that may get annoying at times)

- Tablet PC Input Service (unless, of course, you are using a tablet)

- Windows Update.

In addition to that, if you are not really in need of any network or internet connections at the moment, you can turn off even more services. These services include:

- Your antivirus and firewall application services

- DHCP Client

- DNS Client

- Function Discovery Provider Host

- Function Discovery Resource Publication

- IP Helper

- IPsec Policy Agent

- Netlogon

- Network Access Protection Agent

- Network Connections

- Network List Service

- Network Location Awareness

- Network Store Interface Service

- Peer Name Resolution Protocol

- Peer Networking Grouping

- Peer Networking Identity Manager

- Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

- Remote Desktop Configuration

- Remote Desktop Services

- Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector

- Remote Packet Capture Protocol v.0 (experimental)

- Remote Registry

- Routing and Remote Access

- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper

- Telephony

- WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service

- Wired AutoConfig

- WLAN AutoConfig

- Workstation

- WWAN AutoConfig

In addition to that, in case you use Google Chrome, just like I do, you may also want to turn off the Google Update Service (gupdate) as it may interfere with your OS and even use your internet connection without you realizing it before you feel that your internet connection becomes slower.

Of course, you can also turn off the services of applications installed on your PC. However, you will have to make sure that the services are indeed unnecessary and will cause you no harm.

Windows System Configuration

After the Services manager, it is now time to make alterations to the System Configuration utility. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your system, you may want to turn off Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager besides Adobe Acrobat. However, this is not recommended if you have other Adobe applications – that are not Reader – installed on your Windows PC. Also, if you have Java on your system, you will want to turn off the Java(TM) Platform SE Auto Updater.

You can find those services or programs on the Startup tab. However, you may also want to check the Services tab. Here, you can disable Adobe LM Service if you have Adobe Reader installed – but you are probably better off leaving it on if you have other applications from Adobe. Well, there is actually not much you can do here since you have deactivated most of the potentially unnecessary services and/or programs using the Services manager.

© 2011 Richie Setiawan. All rights reserved worldwide.


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      RichBest 6 years ago

      Hi there, thanks for your comment and vote, I really appreciate them. :) Stay tuned for more informative hubs. :)

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      Stigma31 6 years ago from Kingston, ON

      Very informative, voting up....people are running too many services today...