25 Comments to Which Windows services are safe to disable and when?

  1. Dennis says:

    Might have been better in an alphabetical alinement to Microsoft Services.
    Also, for changing services, you might want to check out Charles Sparks
    “Black Viper” website…………

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Any article in particular, that you recommend reading on the Black Viper website? Don’t hesitate to share a link. 😀

  2. still416 says:

    I cannot speak for all users, but when I go to the website, it opens with a page which is pertinent to my version of Windows.

    He does want everyone to read carefully his instructions.

    If you are searching for information on a version of Windows other than that which is installed on your system you need to click the Guides tab and select the desired version of Windows, e.g. Vista. Then you need to select the service pack, etc.

    Eventually you get to a link for the file which makes the changes. There is also a file to reverse the changes if necessary.

    He advises you to repeat this each time you need a download as the files can change.

    I have used his files many times with no adverse results.

    You should, of course, make a restore point before doing this.

    I didn’t post a link because you really need to land where he wishes and take it from there.

  3. still416 says:

    I need to correct my statement. I went to the website again and landed on the Home page:

    http://www.blackviper.com/

    You do need to drill down to the specific version of Windows which you wish to modify.

    Under the Guides section is detailed information for doing clean installs of various versions of Windows complete with screen by screen shots. It is well worth a look as is the entire site.

  4. Big Al says:

    I have just come across this site and am quite interested at the thought of disabling some Services.
    Do the services mentioned above also relate to Windows XP Service Pack 3 which I am currently still running.
    I would be most appreciative for any answers and thank you in advance

  5. sama11 says:

    Hi guys,

    Just a simple answer I need,
    When I open proccess, in task manager I get a high cpu usage due to the fact that I have about 100 service.exe running also 100 taskmanager process running and something like conhost I have 300 processors constantly running.

    What services might I need to disable/manual

  6. Per Christian says:

    Stupid question:

    why not set all services to manually?
    Reboot. See witch services started and then set to automatic.
    Reboot. See if more services ha started.

    Start favorite applications and see witch services started. Set these to automatic.

    Folloving you must set to automatic:
    System Idle Process
    explorer.exe
    taskmgr.exe
    spoolsv.exe
    lsass.exe
    csrss.exe
    smss.exe
    winlogon.exe
    svchost.exe – (There will be a few of these)
    services.exe

  7. per christian says:

    Sorry. These are prosesses:
    Folloving you must set to automatic:
    System Idle Process
    explorer.exe
    taskmgr.exe
    spoolsv.exe
    lsass.exe
    csrss.exe
    smss.exe
    winlogon.exe
    svchost.exe – (There will be a few of these)
    services.exe

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      You are confusing running processes with services. A service may have one or more processes.

      Also, you cannot set all services to Manual. Many important services in Windows can only be set to Automatic and the operating system doesn’t allow you to change their startup type.

  8. Per Christian says:

    I tried on an old computer to set all to manuall. Offcourse not they witch you cant cange……

    It works. But it take time and effort to get it running properly again. (I did make it running like before setting services to manually)

    But lesson learned. It is time consuming.

    Its way easyer to follow a list postet witch servises safe to set to manual

  9. LTU says:

    Thhanks you now my computer works faster and games have more fps 🙂

  10. N1755L says:

    I’ve used BlackViper before, a long time ago, and seem to recall having occasional hiccups afterward. The “undo file” suggested above is highly recommended.

    The problem is that it may happen that you disable a service, and not until weeks later you may be trying to do something on your system and then you get some error, or something won’t work at all with no errors showing. Since it’s now been a long time since you’ve made the changes, you can’t remember what service(s) might be needed, or the problem you’re experiencing might not appear to be related at all to disabled services, or more likely than not, the errors you get might be totally misleading (typical Microsoft error messages are COMPLETELY misleading).

    Do make certain to have an Undo file, so that if you start experiencing any difficulties later on, you can always reboot, see if the problem is resolved, if not, then quickly undo the changes to the Services, reboot, and again see if the problem is resolved.

  11. Tim Bartrum says:

    Can you simply set everything to automatic? I need to know what to set each task because pretty much everything has been set to disabled and my laptop is not working and I think this might be why. Should I just set everything to automatic? What will this do?

  12. masefieldcourt says:

    Can all of these services be set to “disabled,” or is he actually suggesting that we change them from “automatic” to “manual?”

    It’s confusing because he says each can be disabled, but that the “safe setting” for each is “manual.”

  13. todd fill says:

    If you don’t actually KNOW which service does what and which ones you need, or don’t need, for your specific OS config. Than take some hard earned advice, leave it alone until you do know, FOR SURE. I spent like a whole year just learning which ones did or did not totally screw my pc with xp sp2 and 3. Sometimes i would disable something and not be able to get online and it would be 3 days before i could fix it. it is really not worth it unless you know exactly what you are doing because the consequences of screwing something up far outweigh the small power increase you may get. This is especially true with svchost. Which are actually whole packages of small to large ms program files like logical disk manager, or device manager or rpc locator or ics. I cant even remember them anymore and if you don’t back up reg or set restore points you are begging to screw up your system. I’ve actually in the past shut off volume shadow copy or virtual disk or system restore or offline files without knowing it and then had nothing to go back to. People literally spend years figuring out what to disable and what not to and half their time is spent fixing what wasn’t broke in the first place. I always found setting page file appropriate to ram, turn off disk indexing and disabling unnecessary heavy start up progs and regular cleaning gave me huge power increases. and every god dam prog u install has some stupid unnecessary start up entry and if you disable those it keeps things fast.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve tested thoroughly this Windows 10 configuration for over a year and so far is working like a charm:

      Nomenclature:

      – (I) Immovable. Windows fixed grayed-out, restricted to disable.
      – (P) Priority. Essential for proper functionallity.
      – (O) Optional. Recommended for specific tasks but not critical.

      Windows 10 services:

      – (I) Application Identity
      – (I) AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)
      – (P) Windows Audio Endpoint Builder (audio enhance)
      – (P) Windows Audio (audio enhance)
      – (I) Background Tasks Infrastructure Service
      – (I) Client License Service (ClipSVC)
      – (I) CoreMessaging
      – (P) Cryptographic Services (critical for trusted certification, activates automatically)
      – (P) Device Association Service (critical for boot/sleep modes functionallity)
      – (O) Device Install Service (mobile – ADB interface – devices recognition/installation)
      – (P) DHCP Client (WiFi dependable)
      – (I) Enterprise App Management Service
      – (P) Windows Event Log (WiFi dependable)
      – (I) Group Policy Client
      – (I) Local Session Manager
      – (O) Windows Firewall (security dependable, activates automatically)
      – (I) Windows Installer
      – (P) Network List Service (depends on DHCP Client)
      – (I) Microsoft Passport Container
      – (I) Microsoft Passport
      – (P) Network Location Awareness (depends on DHCP Client)
      – (P) Network Store Interface Service (WiFi dependable)
      – (P) Power (boot/sleep fundamental)
      – (I) RPC Endpoint Mapper
      – (I) Task Scheduler
      – (O) Print Spooler (printer services dependable)
      – (I) State Repository Service
      – (I) System Events Broker
      – (I) Tile Data model server
      – (I) Time Broker
      – (P) Windows Connection Manager (WiFi dependable)
      – (P) WLAN AutoConfig (WiFi critical)
      – (O) Windows Driver Foundation (enhance USB-to-VGA external monitors and special drivers)
      – (I) CDPUserSvc_#####
      – (I) MessagingService_#####
      – (I) all immovable ‘_#####’ sub-services.

  14. Francois Arouet says:

    Hi. Please define your terms. Safe choice is “manual”. What is manual? What are you talking about? The only options I see are enable or disable. What, where is “manual”? We see no such option.

    Also it might be more helpful if comments were listed in reverse chron order.

    • SaTaN says:

      WOW! You are possibly the dumbest person ever! If you are so computer illiterate and have no clue about anything, than maybe you shouldn’t even own a fuckin computer!
      You’re a retard!
      There is options to select MANUAL/AUTOMATIC/DELAYED/DISABLED!
      You’re so stupid, you’re probably looking at the wrong fucking thing in the wrong fucking place!
      What a dewshtard!

      • SaTaN is a PoS says:

        Nah you’re the dumbest person ever! Apparently you forgot what it’s like to be a noob.We all were at one time. Instead of belittling the individual for not being as savvy as some of us. You could have kept your cocksmoker shut, or explained how to do it in one sentence.That’s all it takes. Dumbasses that belittle people are normally: A.) Have insecurity issues. B.) Don’t know anywhere near as much as they would like people to think.Go fuck yourself lil bitch!

  15. Francis Lavalley says:

    Great article thanks for the info.
    You are saved to my favorites.

  16. altikaka says:

    Thanks Codrut Neagu for a truly informative article.
    Superb !!!

  17. Mexirony says:

    This is my list of absolute bare minimal Windows 10 services for personal home/individual users (not enterprise/corporate duties, remote cloud assistance or others of advanced network resources) to fully operate at the fastest speed possible without compromising safety, security and productivity. This configuration is perfect for low-end machines on personal productivity tasks such as streaming, office, email, teleconferencing, social networks, printing, scanning, gaming, programming, etc. This configuration is suitable for low-spec netbooks, tablet-laptops and old machines.

    Nomenclature:

    – (I) Immovable. Windows fixed grayed-out, restricted to disable.
    – (P) Priority. Essential for proper functionallity.
    – (O) Optional. Recommended for specific tasks but not critical.

    Windows 10 services:

    – (I) Application Identity
    – (I) AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)
    – (P) Windows Audio Endpoint Builder (audio enhance)
    – (P) Windows Audio (audio enhance)
    – (I) Background Tasks Infrastructure Service
    – (I) Client License Service (ClipSVC)
    – (I) CoreMessaging
    – (P) Cryptographic Services (critical for trusted certification, activates automatically)
    – (P) Device Association Service (critical for boot/sleep modes functionallity)
    – (O) Device Install Service (mobile – ADB interface – devices recognition/installation)
    – (P) DHCP Client (WiFi dependable)
    – (I) Enterprise App Management Service
    – (P) Windows Event Log (WiFi dependable)
    – (I) Group Policy Client
    – (I) Local Session Manager
    – (O) Windows Firewall (security dependable, activates automatically)
    – (I) Windows Installer
    – (P) Network List Service (depends on DHCP Client)
    – (I) Microsoft Passport Container
    – (I) Microsoft Passport
    – (P) Network Location Awareness (depends on DHCP Client)
    – (P) Network Store Interface Service (WiFi dependable)
    – (P) Power (boot/sleep fundamental)
    – (I) RPC Endpoint Mapper
    – (I) Task Scheduler
    – (O) Print Spooler (printer services dependable)
    – (I) State Repository Service
    – (I) System Events Broker
    – (I) Tile Data model server
    – (I) Time Broker
    – (P) Windows Connection Manager (WiFi dependable)
    – (P) WLAN AutoConfig (WiFi critical)
    – (O) Windows Driver Foundation (enhance USB-to-VGA external monitors and special drivers)
    – (I) CDPUserSvc_3c43b
    – (I) MessagingService_3c43b
    – (I) all immovable ‘_3c43b’ sub-services.

  18. Suba says:

    Thanks a million

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