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    What Windows 8 Microsoft services are not essential?


    I just recently set up a Windows 8 laptop for a relative and at first, everything appeared to be blazing fast from start up, program launches, to shut down. But several weeks later I've come back to check on that laptop and it feels like it's running slower than it was.

    Of course, the most logical thing is to consider what software has been installed. I did do a review of it and didn't find anything that I'd judge as contributing to the performance hit.

    However, I did notice a rather HUGE number of Microsoft services in the list (italicized is running):

    Application Experience [stopped]
    Application Layer Gateway Service [stopped]
    Windows All-User Install Agent [stopped]
    Application Host Helper Service
    Application Identity [stopped]
    ASP.NET State Service [stopped]
    Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
    Windows Audio
    ActiveX Installer (AxInstSV) [stopped]
    BitLocker Drive Encryption Service [stopped]
    Base Filtering Engine
    Background Intelligent Transfer Service
    Computer Browser
    Bluetooth Support Service [stopped]
    Certificate Propagation [stopped]
    COM+ System Application
    Cryptographic Services
    Optimize drives [stopped]
    Device Association Service
    Device Install Service [stopped]
    DHCP Client
    DNS Client
    Wired AutoConfig [stopped]
    Diagnostic Policty Service
    Device Setup Manager [stopped]
    Extensible Authentication Protocol [stopped]
    Encrypting File System (EFS) [stopped]
    Windows Event Log
    COM+ Event System
    Fax [stopped]
    Function Discovery Provider Host
    Function Discovery Resource Publication
    File History Service [stopped]
    Windows Font Cache Service
    Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache [stopped]
    Group Policy Client
    Human Interface Device Access
    Health Key and Certificate Management [stopped]
    HomeGroup Listener
    HomeGroup Provider
    IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules
    IP Helper
    CNG Key Isolation
    KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator [stopped]
    Server
    Workstation
    Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper [stopped]
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    Multimedia Class Scheduler [stopped]
    Windows Firewall
    Distributed Transaction Coordinator [stopped]
    MIcrosoft iSCSI Initiator Service [stopped]
    Windows Installer [stopped]
    Network Access Protection Agent [stopped]
    Network Connectivity Assistant [stopped]
    Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup
    Netlogon [stopped]
    Network Connections [stopped]
    Network List Service
    Network Location Awareness
    Network Store Interface Service
    Office Source Engine [stopped]
    Peer Network Identity Manager
    Peer Networking Grouping
    Program Compatibility Assistant Service
    Performance Counter DLL Host [stopped]
    Performance Logs & Alerts [stopped]
    Plug and Play
    PNRP Machine Name Publication Service [stopped]
    Peer Name Resolution Protocol
    IPsec Policy Agent
    Power
    Printer Extensions and Notifications [stopped]
    Quality Windows Audio Video Experience [stopped]
    Remote Access Auto Connection Manager [stopped]
    RPC Endpoint Mapper
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator [stopped]
    Security Accounts Manager
    Task Scheduler
    Smart Card Removal Policy [stopped]
    Windows Backup [stopped]
    Secondary Login [stopped]
    System Event Notification Service
    Sensor Monitoring Service [stopped]
    Remote Desktop Configuration [stopped]
    Shell Hardware Detection
    SNMP Trap [stopped]
    Print Spooler
    SSDP Discovery
    Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service [stopped]
    Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
    Storage Service [stopped]
    Spot Verifier [stopped]
    Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider [stopped]
    Superfetch
    Systems Event Broker
    Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service
    Telephony [stopped]
    Remote Desktop Services [stopped]
    Themes
    Thread Ordering Server [stopped]
    Time Broker
    Distributed Link Tracking Client
    Windows Module Installer [stopped]
    Interactive Services Detection [stopped]
    Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector [stopped]
    UPnP Device Host
    Credential Manager
    Virtual Disk [stopped]
    Hyper-V Heartbeat Service [stopped]
    Hyper-V Data Exchange Service [stopped]
    Hyper-V Remote Desktop Virtualization Service [stopped]
    Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service [stopped]
    Hyper-V Time Synchronization Service [stopped]
    Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requestor [stopped]
    Volume Shadow Copy [stopped]
    Windows Time [stopped]
    Windows Process Activation Service [stopped]
    Block Level Backup Engine Service [stopped]
    Windows Biometric Service [stopped]
    Windows Connection Manager
    Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar [stopped]
    Windows Color System [stopped]
    Diagnostic Service Host
    Diagnostic System Host [stopped]
    WebClient [stopped]
    Windows Event Collector [stopped]
    Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support [stopped]
    Windows Error Reporting Service [stopped]
    Still Image Acquisition Events [stopped]
    Windows Defender Service [stopped]
    WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service
    Windows Management Instrumentation
    Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) [stopped]
    WLAN AutoConfig
    Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant [stopped]
    WMI Performance Adapter [stopped]
    Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
    Family Safety [stopped]
    Portable Device Enumerator Service
    Security Center
    Windows Search
    Windows Store Service (WSService) [stopped]
    Windows Update [stopped]
    Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework
    WWAN AutoConfig [stopped]


    Are any of these running services non-essential or seldom used whereby they could be disabled to help improve performance?


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    Black Viper service settings -win 8--

    Black Viperís Windows 8 Service Configurations | Black Viper | www.blackviper.com

    Be SURE to notice one or 2 *'s

    * **
    Very important !
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    From what I have read, a lot of the Windows updates for the OS have contributed to it's slowing down. I cannot say that I have tested with them to specifically see how much slowdown we are talking about here, but it's what I have read.

    I don't think people gain much if anything from shutting off Windows services. In theory it sounds good. But in most testing that I did with a stopwatch, disabling of services at first cuts a seconds or two off here and there, and then ends up adding back in 4-5 seconds in other places...so the overall outcome tends to be a slower computer in the end (after all of the speed tweaks).
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    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Black Viper service settings -win 8--
    Black Viper’s Windows 8 Service Configurations | Black Viper | www.blackviper.comBe SURE to notice one or 2 *'s
    * **
    Very important !
    Thanks, I'll have to give this a thorough look-over.

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    From what I have read, a lot of the Windows updates for the OS have contributed to it's slowing down. I cannot say that I have tested with them to specifically see how much slowdown we are talking about here, but it's what I have read. I don't think people gain much if anything from shutting off Windows services. In theory it sounds good. But in most testing that I did with a stopwatch, disabling of services at first cuts a seconds or two off here and there, and then ends up adding back in 4-5 seconds in other places...so the overall outcome tends to be a slower computer in the end (after all of the speed tweaks).
    You could be right... but then, if some program is just a little slower starting when you want it and otherwise your start-up time is reduced by a good 10-30 seconds, that could be a worthwhile trade-off. Anyway, if there have been a number of postings about Windows 8 slowing down after updates, I'll have to go looking for them and see what the speculation is. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cytherian View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Black Viper service settings -win 8--
    Black Viper’s Windows 8 Service Configurations | Black Viper | www.blackviper.comBe SURE to notice one or 2 *'s
    * **
    Very important !
    Thanks, I'll have to give this a thorough look-over.

    Black Viper has been around a long time.
    I used the site back when I had XP Pro.

    Using the site does take careful reading.
    You shut the wrong service off & it could cause lots of problems.

    Some services depend on other services.
    By shutting down one, it could affect several others.
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    I've found that there is no need for service optimization like that. The only things that need to be looked over are the ones that are set as Automatic under Startup type, as they start up with Windows, and thus can drag boot times down. A few services, like print spooler (if you don't have a printer), workstation, server, computer browser (if you don't do file sharing over a network) as well as disabling third party services that do nothing; it can decrease boot times like about three to five seconds or a bit more depending on third party services.
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    Go to the Start Page and type resmon, hit enter.
    Resource Monitor will show you which Processes and Services are running and how much resources they are using.
    Generally Windows 8 is very good at controlling Processes and Services, you may find some 3rd party programs are running unnecessarily, you can disable them from the Task Manager/Startup tab.
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    Waste of time IMO to try using fewer services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Waste of time IMO to try using fewer services.
    Yep that's been my experience but I wish it could help,really I do but it hasn't worked 4me.
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    the solution i use is, every morning when i boot my computer ,i walk away and go the bathroom ,come back and its showing desktop ,i think it loaded quite fast,and if it still not loaded ,then the other thing i was doing was quite fast . .lol
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