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How to disable unnecessary services in Windows XP

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Windows XP runs a lot of services in the background. Stopping or disabling some of services will impact in increasing system speed and increasing computer RAM usage. Most of the services are not necessary to the day-to-day operation of your PC. Services list can be seen:

  1. Right click on 'My computer' and select 'manage.'
  2. From the computer management window, expand 'services and applications' then
  3. Click 'services' to open up the window listing all available services

The ones labeled 'started' are currently running, and the startup type 'automatic' denotes a service which is started by windows each time the operating system loads. By highlighting each service, you can see a description of its properties, and make an informed decision on whether you need it or not.
  1. To stop a service from running:
  2. Right click on it and
  3. Select 'properties,' then
  4. Stop it and
  5. Make the startup type 'disabled.'
If the description indicates that services which depend on the service you are currently examining will fail if it is disabled, you can go to the 'dependencies' tab to see which services will be affected.

If you don’t have advanced knowledge of what you are doing, or which service is necessary or which service is not necessary, don’t do anything.

The fact is that different people need different services enabled. To judge for yourself which are necessary use common sense and your computer knowledge.

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