Dec 28, 2009

For a Safer, faster XP Close Unwanted Services

To disable unneeded startup services for a safer, faster XP, use the "Services" Admin Tool (Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services). If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, you can disable the following items, with no ill effect. 

Alerter
 
Clipbook
 
Computer Browser
 
Fast User Switching
 
Human Interface Access Devices
 
Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
 
Messenger
 
Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
 
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
 
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
 
Remote Procedure Call Locator
 
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
 
Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
 
Server
 
SSDP Discovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless "Universal P'n'P", & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
 
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
 
Telnet (disabled for extra security)
 
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
 
Upload Manager
 
Windows Time
 
Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)
 
Workstation



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