Optimize your Windows Services
By default, Windows 7 will start many services at startup. Some of the services are necessary in order for the system to run properly but others can be safely disabled or set to start manually instead of automatically. Disabling the unnecessary services will increase the computer performance and make windows load faster which is also our goal.
To view the list of services running on the machine simply go to Start and type "services.msc" in your search field, then press Enter. A new window will pop up showing you a list of services available on your computer. Some of them are in the Running state, some are stopped, showing nothing under the status. Now in order to change the change the Startup type of a service, select it, right click it and select Properties. There you will have the option to choose between 4 Startup types: Automatic (Delayed Start), Automatic, Manual and Disabled. You will also have 4 buttons where you can Start / Stop / Pause or Resume the service.
For safety reasons I recommend setting the services to Manual startup and not to Disabled.
In order to set the service to Manual startup you can select Startup Type: Manual and then stop the service.
If your computer is not used to share files and resources with other computers in your home you can safely change the following services to manual startup:
- Distributed Link Tracking Client
- Computer browser
- Routing and Remote Access
- Function Discovery Provider Host
- Function Discovery Resource Publication
- Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
If you are not planing to share and stream media files from your computer you can also safely set the following services to manual:
- Media Center Extender Service - Allows Media Center Extenders to locate and connect to the computer.
- Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
If you are not using IPV6 , you can also safely disable the IP Helper service. If any of the services became necessary for the system they will be started up by the system or the startup mode will be changed accordingly by an automated configuration.
Some other services that can be safely changed to Manual startup are :
- Application Experience
- Diagnostic Policy Service
- Portable Device Enumerator Service
- Print Spooler
- Remote Registry
- Tablet PC Input Service
- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
- Windows Search
If you are not using any Themes you can also stop and set the "Themes" service to manual. Please note that all of the Themes and Visual effects you are using on your system will take up some of your system performance.