30 Mar 2012
Windows 8 services. Tips.
How to add or remove this service by:
• Head to Start
• Select Control Panel
• Select Programs
• Select Programs and Features
• Select Turn Windows Features on or off
• To disable services, type “services.msc” in the Run box instead or check this FAQ!
• Before disabling any service, carefully check out the service details
• Changes to service settings will apply to all users.
• All of services listed below are “Standard” with Windows 8 Developer Preview and installed by default, by Add/Remove Windows Features, or installed via Windows Live Essentials. If you found a service that is not listed in our article, another application, driver or program installed them.
• WLAN Autoconfig service is required for normal operation of your wireless network card. It is listed here as Manual due to most desktops not needing wireless access, but if you do have a wireless network card installed, it will be in Automatic by default.
• If you know that you need a service, place it in Automatic.
• If you don’t need a service, or you are not sure, put your setting to “Manual” or “Safe.”
• Manual allows Windows 8 to start the service when it needs to (or when ever it feels like it), but not at boot up. Depending on your configuration, not all services will start when required while in “Manual” mode.
• After adjusting your service settings, reboot your computer.
DEFAULT What Microsoft recommends should be running on Windows 8.
“Safe” Configuration - this is the configuration that 95% of the people will be able to use with little or no side effects. It will also minimizes the amount of “errors” that is reported in the Event Viewer.
• Automatic. This service will start at boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
• Automatic (Delayed Start). This service will start just after boot time. Some services, when no longer required, will also automatically stop when not needed. If you find you do not need a service, place it into Manual or Disabled.
• Manual. Manual mode allows Windows to start a service when needed. However, very few services will start up when required in Manual mode. If you find you need a service, place it into Automatic.
• Disabled. This setting will stop a service from starting, even if needed. Errors in the Event Viewer will show up complaining of that fact. Some services, while Disabled, will constantly complain. However, this situation is taken care of if placed in Manual. The service descriptions identifies those that should be in Manual vice Disabled.
• “Started”. A service that either set to Manual or Automatic that is running by default at or shortly after boot time.
• “Not Started”. A service set into Automatic that is not running by default at or shortly after boot time.
• “Not Available”. A service that does not apply to the particular version.
• “Uninstalled”. The ability to uninstall a service that I recommend to be removed by using Add/Remove Windows Features.
Service Default Registry Entries
• These entries are exported directly from the registry of a default Windows 8 installation.
• They are in the .reg file format (many entries are in hex notation), not as you would actually view the content via regedit.exe.
• The particular location extracted is under: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\
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