Windows services that can be disabled

Published on: Sat 12 Mar 2011

There are plenty of services that can be safely disabled, to free some memory and decrease the load on the system.
Some of them can be disabled if you are not a member of a domain, or if you don't use a specific service.

  • Distributed Link Tracking Client
    Maintains links with NTFS files within your computer or across a domain. For example, you could make a file on "Computer A." You then create a "short cut" or "link" to that file on "Computer B." If you would move the file on Computer A to a different location, this service would tell Computer B to update its information to allow uninterrupted connectivity.

  • Error Reporting Service
    Calls home to Microsoft when application errors occur.

  • Indexing Service
    This service always has been a major resource hog.

  • Messenger
    This service provides the ability to send messages between clients and servers. This service has nothing to do with MSN Messenger. Sometimes it used to send spam.

  • Net Logon
    Used for logging onto a Domain Controller. This service is not required on a standalone system, or for a "home" network.

  • NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
    Enables a user to access your computer using NetMeeting.

  • Network DDE
    Provides network transport and security for Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) for programs running on the same computer or on different computers. (Just a crap)

  • Network DDE DSDM
    Another useless service.

  • Performance Logs and Alerts
    Collect performance data on a schedule and send the information to a log or trigger an alert. It will be usefull if you need to monitor computer performance 24/7

  • Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
    Manages and controls Remote Assistance. If you are like everyone don't use Remote assistance, then disable it.

  • Secondary Logon
    Enables starting processes under alternate credentials. If you don't need "Run as" feature then disable it.

  • Server
    Used for file and print sharing from your computer or Message Queuing. For security purposes, you may disable this service if you do not require local printers and files shared across your network. You still can access remote share folders.

  • Smart Card
    Supports the use of a Smart Card for local or network computer authentication.

  • Uninterruptible Power Supply
    If you don't have a UPS protecting your computer and connected to the computer serial port to shutdown the system, then you don't need it.

  • Wireless Zero Configuration
    Provides automatic configuration for wireless network devices. If you don't have a wireless network adapter in the computer, then you don't need it.