Recommended Service Settings for Windows XP -- Comprehensive List
Service XP Home
defaults
XP Pro
defaults
Safe for
most users
Recommended
Settings
Alerter Manual Manual Manual Optional
Application Layer Gateway Service Manual Manual Manual Manual
Application Management Manual Manual Manual Manual
Automatic Updates Automatic Automatic Automatic(3) Optional
Background Intelligent Transfer Service Manual Manual Manual Optional
ClipBook Manual Manual Manual Optional
COM+ Event System Manual Manual Manual Optional
COM+ System Application Manual Manual Manual Optional
Computer Browser Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Cryptographic Services Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
DHCP Client Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Distributed Link Tracking Client Automatic Automatic Manual Manual
Distributed Transaction Coordinator Manual Manual Manual Manual
DNS Client Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Error Reporting Service Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Event Log Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Fast User Switching Compatibility Manual Manual Manual Manual
Help and Support Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Human Interface Device Access Disabled Disabled Disabled(1) Disabled
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service Manual Manual Automatic Manual
Indexing Service Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Internet Connection Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing(1) Manual Automatic Automatic Disabled if you use
another firewall
IPSEC Services Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Logical Disk Manager Manual Automatic Manual Manual
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service Manual Manual Manual Manual
Messenger Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Manual Manual Manual Manual
Net Login Manual Automatic Manual Manual
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Manual Manual Disabled(1) Disabled
Network Connections Manual Manual Manual Manual
Network DDE Manual Manual Manual Manual
Network DDE DSDM Manual Manual Manual Manual
Network Location Awareness (NLA) Manual Manual Manual Manual
Performance Logs and Alerts Manual Manual Manual Manual
Plug and Play Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Portable Media Serial Number Automatic Automatic Manual Manual
Print Spooler Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Protected Storage Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
QoS RSVP Manual Manual Disabled Disabled
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager Manual Manual Manual Manual
Remote Access Connection Manager Manual Manual Manual Manual
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager Manual Manual Disabled(1) Disabled
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Warning: Do not disable this service under any circumstances. You will not be able to start your computer again if you do.
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator Manual Manual Manual Manual
Remote Registry Service Not Available Automatic Disabled(1) Not Available
Removable Storage Manual Manual Manual Manual
Routing and Remote Access Disabled Manual Disabled Disabled
Secondary Logon Automatic Automatic Disabled(1) Automatic(2)
Security Accounts Manager Automatic Automatic Automatic Manual
Server Automatic Automatic Disabled(1) Disabled
Shell Hardware Detection Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Smart Card Manual Manual Manual Manual
Smart Card Helper Manual Manual Manual Manual
SSDP Discovery Service Manual Manual Disabled(1) Disabled
System Event Notification Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
System Restore Service Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Task Scheduler Automatic Automatic Automatic Disabled
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service Automatic Automatic Disabled(1) Disabled
Telephony Manual Manual Manual Manual
Telnet Not Available Manual Disabled Not Available
Terminal Services Manual Manual Manual Disabled
Themes Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Uninterruptible Power Supply Manual Manual Manual Manual
Universal Plug and Play Device Host Manual Manual Disabled(1) Disabled
Upload Manager Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Volume Shadow Copy Manual Manual Manual Manual
WebClient Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Audio Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Installer Manual Manual Manual Manual
Windows Management Instrumentation Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extension Not Available Manual Manual Not Available
Windows Time Automatic Automatic Disabled Disabled
Wireless Zero Configuration Automatic Automatic Disabled(1) Disabled
WMI Performance Adapter Manual Manual Manual Manual
Workstation Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic

(1) If you're using these services, set this item to the default value.

(2) Use "Automatic" if you normally run from a "Limited" account rather than as an "Administrator". You will want to have administrative access just by entering the administrative password rather than logging off the limited account and on to the admisistrator account. Security is maintained by the policy of not running directly as an administrator.

(3) If you set Windows Update for manual updating only, you can set this service to "Manual"and it will only start when you actually check for updates.

"Always disable the Indexing service. This service is the equivalent of the hated 'Find Fast' program installed by previous editions of Microsoft Office. It consumes incredible amounts of system resources and is basically useless." -- unknown