"Goodies" with Service Pack 2?

Saturday, November 25, 2006


Now that Microsoft has retired support for "Plain Vanilla" Windows XP (one with Service Pack 1 or just Windows XP), it has become a prerequisite to download and install Service Pack 2 just get support or even to install programs like iTunes! Hell.. all programs need SP2 to run these days.

However, after you install SP2, you will notice performance drop on your PC. There are tons of services that come enabled when you install SP2. As a result, they use up most of available memory on your computer. People having 256 or lesser will be affected the most. Most home users do not need any of these services at all!

In this article, I have provided a list of services that is not required. You can view its description in the left pane when you click on one.

Before you go ahead, let me take a moment to tell you that any issue arising from the steps below are provided to you to perform AT YOUR OWN RISK. Don't hold me responsible... Now that we have it outta our way, here we go!!!!!

To get started, click on Start -> Run -> and type "services.msc" without the quotes and hit Enter.

You will be presented with a new window. This is the Services Windows. If the status of a Service already show as "Disabled", you can leave it as it is. It is already disabled. A service that is running will show as "Automatic", one that runs when you manually enabled show as "Manual" and one that does not start at all or kept in reserve show as "Disabled".
To disable a service, just right click on a service and click on Properties. Under the "Startup type", select "Disabled" and click on OK.

1. Computer Browser:
2. Distributed Link Tracking Client:
3. Error Reporting Service
4. Help and Support
5. Indexing Service
6. Net Logon
7. NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
8. Network Location Awareness (NLA)
9. Network Provisioning Service
10. Performance Logs and Alerts
11. Portable Media Serial Number Service
12. QoS RSVP
13. Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
14. Remote Registry
15. Secondary Logon
16. Security Center
17. Server
18. Smart Card
19. SSDP Discovery Service
20. System Restore Service
21. TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
22. Themes
23. Universal Plug and Play Device Host
24. WebClient
25. Windows Time
26. WMI Performance Adapter
27. Workstation

Now restart your computer for the changes to take place.

That is all… And with that concludes my very first blog… Clap…Clap..Clap.. lol. If you want me to do a blog on how to improve your computer’s overall performance or have anything you wish to say, just drop me a comment. Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Avi @ 8:17 PM  


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