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XP Tweaking


 

 

 

Please Read These Notes Relative To The Services Guide !

 - Changing services settings can be just as dangerous as editing the registry. Have current -tested- backups of your system/data and understand how to restore them if something goes terribly wrong.
 - I have not broken down the settings into different 'configurations' for purposes such as game playing, etc. This seems pointless to me since each system is unique and requires configuring differently.
 - To edit the value for a service, launch services.msc from the Run option on the Start Menu.
 - The recommendations I've made regarding each service are based solely on my personal experience. What I've found or what works for me may bear no relation to what works for you.

 

 

Black Viper's Windows XP Home and Professional Service Pack 2 Service Configurations

 

Display Name

Process Name

DEFAULT
Home

DEFAULT
Pro

"SAFE"

Power User

Bare Bones

Alerter

svchost.exe *

Disabled *

Disabled *

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Application Layer Gateway Service

alg.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Application Management

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

Automatic Updates

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Background Intelligent Transfer Service

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

ClipBook

clipsrv.exe

Disabled *

Disabled *

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

COM+ Event System

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

COM+ System Application

dllhost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Computer Browser

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Cryptographic Services

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

DCOM Server Process Launcher *

svchost.exe *

Automatic *

Automatic *

Automatic *

Automatic *

Disabled *

DHCP Client

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Distributed Link Tracking Client

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Distributed Transaction Coordinator

msdtc.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

DNS Client

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Error Reporting Service

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Event Log

services.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Fast User Switching Compatibility

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Fax Service

fxssvc.exe

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

FTP Publishing Service

inetinfo.exe

Not Available

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Display Name

Process Name

DEFAULT
Home

DEFAULT
Pro

"SAFE"

Power User

Bare Bones

HTTP SSL *

svchost.exe *

Manual *

Manual *

Manual *

Disabled *

Disabled *

Help and Support

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Manual *

Disabled

Disabled

Human Interface Device Access

svchost.exe

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

IIS Admin

inetinfo.exe

Not Available

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service

imapi.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual *

Disabled

Disabled

Indexing Service

cisvc.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Internet Connection Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing *

svchost.exe

This service is renamed to Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing * after the installation of Service Pack 2.

IPSEC Services

lsass.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic *

Disabled

Disabled

IPv6 Helper Service *

svchost.exe *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Logical Disk Manager

svchost.exe

Manual

Automatic

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service

dmadmin.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Message Queuing

mqsvc.exe

Not Available

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Display Name

Process Name

DEFAULT
Home

DEFAULT
Pro

"SAFE"

Power User

Bare Bones

Message Queuing Triggers

mqtgsvc.exe

Not Available

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Messenger

services.exe

Disabled *

Disabled *

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

MS Software Shadow Copy Provider

dllhost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Net Logon

lsass.exe

Manual

Manual *

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing

mnmsrvc.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Network Connections

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Network DDE

netdde.exe

Disabled *

Disabled *

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Network DDE DSDM

netdde.exe

Disabled *

Disabled *

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Network Location Awareness (NLA)

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Network Provisioning Service *

svchost.exe *

Manual *

Manual *

Disabled *

Disabled *

Disabled *

Peer Name Resolution *

svchost.exe *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Peer Networking *

svchost.exe *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Peer Networking Group Authentication *

svchost.exe *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Peer Networking Identity Manager *

svchost.exe *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

Not Installed *

NT LM Security Support Provider

lsass.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Performance Logs and Alerts

smlogsvc.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Plug and Play

services.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Portable Media Serial Number

svchost.exe

This service is renamed to Portable Media Serial Number Service * after the installation of Service Pack 2.

Portable Media Serial Number Service *

svchost.exe *

Manual *

Manual *

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Print Spooler

spoolsv.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Protected Storage

lsass.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

QoS RSVP

rsvp.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Remote Access Auto Connection Manager

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Remote Access Connection Manager

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Remote Desktop Help Session Manager

sessmgr.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Display Name

Process Name

DEFAULT
Home

DEFAULT
Pro

"SAFE"

Power User

Bare Bones

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

locator.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Remote Registry Service

svchost.exe

Not Available

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Removable Storage

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

RIP Listener

svchost.exe

Not Installed *

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Routing and Remote Access

svchost.exe

Disabled

Disabled *

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Secondary Logon

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Security Accounts Manager

lsass.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Security Center *

svchost.exe *

Automatic *

Automatic *

Automatic *

Disabled *

Disabled *

Server

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Shell Hardware Detection

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)

inetinfo.exe

Not Available

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Simple TCP/IP Services

tcpsvcs.exe

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Smart Card

SCardSvr.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Smart Card Helper *

SCardSvr.exe *

This service has been removed and combined with Smart Card after the installation of Service Pack 2.

SNMP Service

snmp.exe

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

SNMP Trap Service

snmptrap.exe

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

SSDP Discovery Service

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

System Event Notification

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

System Restore Service

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Task Scheduler

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Display Name

Process Name

DEFAULT
Home

DEFAULT
Pro

"SAFE"

Power User

Bare Bones

TCP/IP Printer Server

tcpsvcs.exe

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Telephony

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Telnet

tlntsvr.exe

Not Available

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Terminal Services

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Themes

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Uninterruptible Power Supply

ups.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Universal Plug and Play Device Host

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Upload Manager *

svchost.exe *

This service is removed after the installation of Service Pack 2.

Volume Shadow Copy

vssvc.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

WebClient

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Windows Audio

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Windows Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing *

svchost.exe *

Automatic *

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)

svchost.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Windows Installer

msiexec.exe

Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

Windows Management Instrumentation

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension

svchost.exe

Not Available

Manual

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Windows Time

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Wireless Zero Configuration

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

WMI Performance Adapter

wmiapsrv.exe

Manual

Manual

Disabled

Disabled

Disabled

Workstation

svchost.exe

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

World Wide Web Publishing *

inetinfo.exe *

Not Available

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

Not Installed

World Wide Web Publishing Service *

inetinfo.exe *

This service is renamed to World Wide Web Publishing * after the installation of Service Pack 2.

An "*" (asterisk) indicates changes from Service Pack 1a to Service Pack 2.

 



Services Guide

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Setting Profiles

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Virtual Memory

Gaming Machine: Create a Hardware Profile to free up System Resources

Alternatively, you can create a Hardware Profile in Windows, so that you could easily switch from Normal Mode to Gaming Mode without having to worry over switching a service back on for certain tasks.  This way, you can have “Safe” “Power User” “Gaming” and “Bare Bones” profiles available to you at boot up. Depending on the use that you have for your machine at the time, you can personalize exactly what services you want running!

 

Here’s how to do all this:

 

Right click on My Computer - select Properties. Select Hardware Tab, then click Hardware Profiles.

Mark "Original Configuration", then Copy and then Rename to e.g "Game"

 

Now you have created a menu that shows up when you boot your computer. Set the properties for your boot option in the "Hardware profiles selections" You normally would boot with the Original Configuration. Never delete your "Original Configuration" if you boot in another profile. Reboot your computer to see that this takes effect.

 

Now, to tweak the different services for a Game Machine listed in this document

Select each service to configure, right-click, select Properties, Choose "Log on" tab. In the lower part of this box select "Disable" or "Enable" dependent on which hardware profile you configure. If you configure for "Game" you choose "Disable" to free up system resources.

Careful: You can also disable/enable different hardware in the Device Manager - "Device Usage" box according to what Hardware profile you boot on, this is only recommended if you have any hardware that causes problems for games, etc.

 

Services Guide

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Setting Profiles

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Virtual Memory

Additionally… Configure Virtual Paging File:

This tweak can increase the amount of RAM significantly used on your computer. What this tweak actually does is it uses your hard-drive disk-space to emulate RAM. This is called caching, or in Microsoft terms - The Virtual Paging File Size.

1.) Go into Control Panel and into Performance and Maintenance
2.) Get into System
3.) Click the Advanced Tab
4.) In the Performance Frame, click on Settings
5.) Once in Settings click on the Advanced Tab
6.) Now under Virutal Memory click on Change
7.) Here you can set your RAM value. The recommended increase you should make should be achieved by multiplying your RAM by 1.5. This is already done if you have a System Managed file size. This will drastically increase performance, because the system will now have a pool of cache to retrieve memory from.

After you configure Virtual Memory you should set "Initial Memory" and the "Maximum" to be the same to avoid this pagefile to be defragmented, i.e you get better performance.

Here are a few examples of Virtual Memory settings:

384 MB if you have 256MB of system RAM (also if you really have only 256 MB of RAM, get more, seriously!)

768 MB if you have 512MB of system RAM

1536 MB if you have 1024MB of system RAM

3072 MB if you have 2048 MB of system RAM, any thing higher than 2048MB is a waste for 2000/XP based systems.