IT Dojo: Five services you can turn off in Windows XP

April 29, 2008, 12:12 AM PST | Length: 207


Running unnecessary Windows XP services can increase your vulnerability to exploits that might use those services as attack vectors. Disabling unnecessary services can be an important step in securing Windows XP. However, the typical Windows XP system has more than 80 services. Knowing which ones you can safely turn off can be tricky.

In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler, Head Technology Editor, shows you how to disable Windows XP services and discusses the following five services that you may want to disable:

  • Simple File Sharing
  • SSDP Discovery Service
  • Universal Plug and Play Device Host
  • Telnet
  • Windows Messenger Service

The five services Bill mentions in this video are just the beginning. You can download our complete list of Windows XP services that can be disabled from the IT Dojo blog. This reference sheet lists each Windows XP service, describes each service's function, specifies whether you can safely disable the service, and outlines the ramifications of doing so.