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DOWNLOA Windows XP services that can be disabled

By Bill Detwiler Editor ·
One of the most effective ways to secure a Windows XP workstation is to turn off unnecessary services. This reference sheet lists each Windows XP SP 2 service, describes each service's function, specifies whether you can safely disable the service, and outlines the ramifications of doing so.

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by Jaqui In reply to DOWNLOAD: Windows XP serv ...

significant defferences between the list in the download and the list that shows in services.msc o xp-pro sp2

several lister in the download that don't appear, and visa-versa.

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here's the list

by Jaqui In reply to hmmmmm

of services showing in an xp pro system with sp2 installed.

Application Layer Gateway Service
Application Management
Automatic Updates
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
COM+ Event System
COM+ System Application
Computer Browser
Cryptographic Services
DCOM Server Process Launcher
DHCP Client
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Distributed Transaction Coordinator
DNS Client
Error Reporting Service
Event Log
Fast User Switching Compatibility
Help and Support
Human Interface Device Access
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
Indexing Service
IPSEC Services
IPv6 Helper Service
Logical Disk Manager
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
Machine Debug Manager
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
Net Logon
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Network Connections
Network DDE
Network DDE DSDM
Network Location Awareness (NLA)
Network Provisioning Service
NT LM Security Support Provider
Performance Logs and Alerts
Plug and Play
Portable Media Serial Number Service
Print Spooler
Protected Storage
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Remote Access Connection Manager
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Remote Registry
Removable Storage
Routing and Remote Access
Secondary Logon
Security Accounts Manager
Security Center
Shell Hardware Detection
Smart Card
SSDP Discovery Service
System Event Notification
System Restore Service
Task Scheduler
Terminal Services
Uninterruptible Power Supply
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Volume Shadow Copy
Windows Audio
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
Windows Installer
Windows Management Instrumentation
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
Windows Time
Wireless Zero Configuration
WMI Performance Adapter

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help on UPS(uninterrupted power supply) serviceand system restore

by kiranvasantbhanushali In reply to hmmmmm

I had disabled the ups and the system restore services,now i cant enable either of them

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by mesmd In reply to DOWNLOAD: Windows XP serv ...

I'M NOT GOING TO INSTALL SP2 on my current Win XP home network as my current sp1, firewall, router, many malware programs, and anti viral updating and scans daily have kept my network safe. Not until I buy Longhorn or a new computer with sp2 installed, will I use sp2 and the many tweaks and possible hassles I could face configuring it to my current well working network, What do you think about my plan? And will downloading your security Xp article have any beneficial facts for me, knowing I am not using sp2? Thank you very much for your reply.
M. Stone, M. D.

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by NOW LEFT TR In reply to I USE SP1, A ROUTER, FIR ...

I use a Virtual Machine inside an XP Pro install. Gets wiped every time it shuts down fresh for the next day. See YA

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Windows Messenger

by sschubel In reply to DOWNLOAD: Windows XP serv ...

I have no intention of using Windows Messenger and find the occasional prompts annoying. Can I disable or delete that?

When I first saw Messenger listed in this great pdf as a service I could disable, I'd originally hoped I'd found the answer to that question... but I see that it is not related to Windows Messenger.

Any guidance?


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Sandra do as I do with Windows Messenger

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows Messenger

On a clean install I just live with it for a short time until I've got the unit fully patched and loaded with at the very least one AV product. The download Messenger 7 and install it.

At this point in time you will see two messenger icons on the task bar so open the control pannel then the Add Remove Programs then the Add Remove Windows Components and remove the original Messenger. Reboot and then do the same thing but this time remove Messenger 7 from the listed programs that gets rid of it completely well at least until some git reinstalls it again and then mucks everything up!

Actually I find the Yahoo Messenger more of a problem as it is almost impossible to remove but now that you have to pay a subscription fee for Hot Mail a lot of people are using Messenger to retrieve their Hot Mail of course without it going through any AV products first. My son does this and drives me nuts with all the problems that he generates for himself.

Col ]:)

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Problems caused by deleting Messenger

by sschubel In reply to Sandra do as I do with Wi ...

Microsoft warns that you should not delete Messenger or some programs won't work right... are there really problems?

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Well not that I've run across

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Problems caused by deleti ...

But maybe it is worth some testing on business units before doing across the network.

I generally do this to remove Messenger from my sons computer who is a mad game player and it works perfectly until the next time he trashes an OS. Last time it was because he downloaded Messenger again and installed it and then was reading his Hot Mail through it. After I got to over 1200 infections I just wiped the HDD and reloaded after all his top scores are not important and if he wants them he'll just have to play the game again.

But I did exactly the same thing on a Work Experience persons computer here last week and it is working perfectly for her. She's a student and is doing Web Design and things like that so she pushes it pretty hard and it hasn't given her an ounce of problems since I rebuilt it for her. Even then the rebuild was only required because a GPU fan had died and seized up drawing more power than the unit could handle so the fix was to fit a bigger PS to the computer which eventually took out the Video card, M'Board and CPU. But she does have a nice blue light in the new PS. :)

Col ]:)

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